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Biological Sciences Courses

We offer a wide range of specialised and general biology degrees covering the spectrum of life sciences.

So whether you are looking for a specific degree, such as medical microbiology, zoology or sports science, or a more general degree such as biology, medical sciences or biological sciences, we have a course to suit your needs. All the courses listed below are offered by the Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School.

If you are unsure where to begin, see our PDF guide to getting started with choosing a degree

Course List

Each degree course has its own web section with detailed information including course content and structure, special features, careers, entry requirements and student profiles. Follow the links below to the relevant web section:

Single Honours : all offer industrial placement and year abroad opportunities

Biology IconsApplied Biology
Ecology and Environmental Biology


Biochemistry IconsBiochemistry
Medical Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise)


Microbiology IconsMedical Microbiology
Microbiology with Immunology
Microbiology with Virology


Biomedical Sciences IconsHuman Physiology
Medical Sciences


Sport and Exercise Sciences Sport and Exercise Sciences
Sports Science and Physiology



Joint Honours
BSc Biology and History and Philosophy of Science
BSc Biology and Mathematics
MNatSc, BSc Natural Sciences

MBiol Integrated Masters Degrees
All our single honours degree subjects are also offered as MBiol degrees. These are new four year programmes which combine undergraduate and postgraduate level study. Find out more about MBiol integrated degrees.

Intercalating Degrees for Medical Students
We offer eight intercalating degrees within the Faculty.

BSc or MBiol, BSc (Integrated Masters)?

Most students study a three year BSc (Hons) degree, leading to a Bachelor of Science qualification upon graduation.

All our BSc degrees will provide you with an excellent scientific education, opportunities to learn from leading scientists and excellent career prospects based on the key skills sought by employers. All BSc degrees include a final year research project, plus opportunities to get involved in special research laboratory placement schemes right from year one, which are highlights of the course for many students.PDF guide to MBiol integrated degrees

BSc graduates go on to both scientific and non-scientific careers and many undertake further study such as a PhD, postgraduate medicine or teacher training.

All our BSc and MBiol courses offer the opportunity to undertake an industrial or professional placement or a study year abroad at the end of year two (subject to academic performance).

MBiol degrees are new four year programmes leading to a dual award qualification called integrated degrees of Master of Biology and Bachelor of Science (MBiol, BSc).

They are designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a professional scientist in industry or academia, or wishing to prepare for a PhD. This four year option offers a route to acquire additional specialisation and scientific experience, with a focus on extended research training. Years one and two are the same as the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject. In year three you will study compulsory and optional modules, an individual or group research project and a research preparation module. In year four you will study a range of masters level modules and will undertake an extended research project.

Download our PDF guide to MBiol integrated degrees. and find out more about our typical offers for MBiol degrees.

Typical offer for MBiol degrees

The standard offer for our MBiol is AAA. Applicants need to achieve grades of AAA or higher and meet the subject requirements to be accepted on the course. If you are accepted onto the course further progression on the MBiol is determined by your performance at levels two and three. If you narrowly miss the offer with grades of AAB and you've made Leeds your first choice, we may be able to offer you a place on the equivalent three year BSc course. This is subject to the availability of places.
This does not require you to apply for both options or to choose the equivalent BSc as your insurance.

You have the opportunity to transfer from the BSc course onto the MBiol course, subject to satisfactory performance (minimum average of 65% in level two) and subject to the availability of places. Or, if you decide the MBiol is not for you then you can transfer to the BSc at the end of level two. If you do not meet the performance criteria at level two or three, you will be automatically transferred onto the equivalent BSc course.

Find out more

Drop down menu Each of our subject areas has its own mini-website packed with subject-specific information covering the topics and themes studied. You can check entry requirements, download brochures, browse course content and careers opportunities, explore student life through our student interviews and find out more about biological sciences research at Leeds. Access the subject mini-sites via the drop down box in the top-left of the page.

Transfers: keeping your options open

If you are not yet sure whether BSc or MBiol is right for you then don’t worry, you can change between the programmes at the end of your second year when you have had more experience of advanced bioscience and as long as you meet the transfer criteria.

Students who register for a BSc programme may transfer to an MBiol normally at the end of the second year if they meet the progression criteria, and can then apply for funding for their fourth year of study. Students who register on the MBiol programme may transfer to a BSc programme at any time and finish at BSc level.

Current transfer and progression criteria: minimum average mark of 65% at Level 2 (Year 2) will normally be required to progress on or transfer to the programme. A confirmation point at the end of Level 3 (Year 3) will normally require a minimum project module mark of 65% for progression onto Level 4 (Year 4).