The Health & Life Sciences Sectors

What Are Life Sciences?

Life sciences is a wide field of science that centres on the study of living things, their health and wellbeing. Biology and chemistry are at the core of the life sciences, but careers in this sector also draw skills from health and social care, philosophy, engineering, business, marketing and law.

The Life Sciences Sector

The UK life science industry is the largest in Europe – in global terms, it’s second only to the United States.The Liverpool City Region has an active, established and wide ranging life sciences sector – we’re one of the UK’s leading biomedical centres with a significant cluster of research and clinical activity, and a member of the ‘European Super League’ of biotech cities.

You can read more about why you should study life sciences in Liverpool here

  • Life sciences in the Liverpool City Region employs over 6,000 people.
  • Life sciences delivers almost 10% of economic output – over £1.5bn every year.
  • Liverpool boasts three universities, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and six hospital trusts, giving us assets in both research and clinical. Significant research funding has been awarded in areas such as infectious and microbial diseases and cell biology.
  • We have a strong industrial focus on pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, diagnostics and specialism in the development of novel therapeutics in areas including pain, influenza, anti-infective agents, cardiovascular disease and neurological conditions.

Skills of the future workforce will include:

  • Core laboratory Skills.
  • Analytical Skills.
  • Mathematical & Reasoning Skills.
  • Communication Skills.
  • Entrepreneurial Skills.

Read a monthly round up of the latest news from the local sector here


Healthcare focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. It is delivered by professionals in medicine, optometry, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and other care providers. It refers to the work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.

Skills of the future workforce will include:

  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Core science skills