Medical Microbiology

Cell biology and gene technology are revolutionising our knowledge of the basis of human diseases and their therapy.

This course offers practical experience and research training in contemporary topics in these areas as well as introducing you to cutting edge developments in cell and molecular biology. This will enhance your understanding of future developments in medicine.

Course content

This course will offer experience and training in contemporary topics in the cell biology of human disease that are relevant to intercalating medical students.

There are core modules in genetic engineering and the cell biology of disease. These lecture-based modules will be complemented with

  • practical training in fundamental molecular biology techniques through the completion of a PCR
  • gene cloning and protein expression mini-project
  • research skills training in experimental design, data analysis, abstract writing and scientific communication to both expert and non-expert groups.

In addition, you'll be exposed to cutting edge research developments in cell biology topics relating to human disease through the study of two Advanced Topic Modules (ATUs). ATUs covered include

  • cancer biology and therapy
  • stem cell biology
  • tissue replacement
  • RNA biology and therapy
  • protein folding, and
  • diseases.

You'll also complete a literature-based research project enabling you to focus on, and research in depth, a topic relating to the cell biology of human disease that is of interest to you.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1


Genetic Engineering 10 credits
Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 2 20 credits
Biological Sciences Research Project 40 credits
Skills in the Cell Biology of Human Disease 20 credits
Cell Biology of Disease 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Cell Biology of Human Disease BSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching


Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in-course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classifications will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

Other course specific tests:

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent.
For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

How to apply

Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Career opportunities

The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical-based teaching, small-group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.