Integrated Masters

All of our courses offer Integrated Masters (MBiol, BSc) degrees combining undergraduate and postgraduate level study.

What is an integrated masters?
The degree combines undergraduate study and postgraduate-level study. Students graduate with a dual qualification, which is an integrated degree of Master of Biology and Bachelor of Science (MBiol, BSc) or Master of Science and Bachelor of Science (MSci, BSc). Not only is the MBiol/MSci a great way to distinguish yourself in the graduate job market but it is also fantastic preparation for students wishing to pursue a career as a professional scientist or study for a PhD.

Why choose an integrated masters?
Many students choose a BSc, which provides excellent training for careers both within science and in a wide range of other non-science sectors. However, if you are already interested in focusing on a career as a professional scientist, an integrated masters could be the right choice.

Further study beyond BSc level is becoming increasingly important for professional scientists, and this course offers a route to acquire the higher-level specialisation and scientific experience sought by employers and PhD recruiters. You will graduate from one of the UK’s leading life science faculties, and will be able to access financial support for the four years of study through the schemes that support undergraduate degree programmes.*
*Details correct at time of press, but please check for any changes to government funding policy and eligibility criteria for support

Benefits include:

  • Advanced research training acquired, in particular, through an extended practical research project on an original cutting-edge topic related to your subject area. This is combined with comprehensive skills in research planning, design and execution of experiments and effective communication.
  • Expert supervision, working alongside internationally recognised researchers. You will become part of a research team during your project and will experience working in a thriving research environment, in many cases as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Enhanced professional development and employability skills valued by employers, such as teamworking, problem-solving and creative thinking, all of which can help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.
  • Excellent grounding for a PhD or a scientific research career in industry. The additional research training and skills you will develop can improve your chances of gaining a PhD position or progressing to employment in industry. For example, many science sector employers regard a Masters-level degree as a minimum qualification for employment owing to the additional research skills training and experience it represents.

Advanced Accredited Degrees
All our Integrated Masters (MBiol) courses have either been awarded interim or advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology.* Advanced Degree Accreditation recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

As a graduate of an advanced accredited degree programme, you can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at member (MSB) level after just two years of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow you to attain Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist status one year sooner than graduates from other degree programmes. For more information, visit the Royal Society of Biology website at www.rsb.org.uk
*with the exception of our sport science courses

Which course is for me?

Which course is for me? BSc MBiol
  Most students study a three year BSc (Hons) degree, leading to a Bachelor of Science qualification upon graduation. MBiol degrees are four year programmes leading to a dual award qualification called integrated degrees of Master of Biology and Bachelor of Science (MBiol, BSc).
Final year research project Yes
Yes
Special research laboratory placement schemes Yes Yes
Industrial or professional placement (subject to academic performance). Yes Yes
Study year abroad (subject to academic performance). Yes Yes
Additional specialisation and scientific experience   Yes
Extended research training   Yes
Masters level modules   Yes
Advanced Accredited Programme   Yes


Transfers: 
keeping your options open
If you are not yet sure whether the BSc or the integrated masters is right for you, don’t worry. So long as you meet the transfer criteria and there are places available, you can change between programmes at the end of your second year when you have had more experience of advanced bioscience. 

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

Transfer or progression to the programme requires a minimum average mark of 65% at the end of year two. A confirmation point at the end of year three will normally require a minimum project module mark of 65% and an average programme mark of 65% for progression to year four.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements for the integrated masters are normally higher than for our BSc courses. All courses require AAA at A-level (or equivalent), usually in two science or science-related subjects, although requirements may vary slightly between subject areas. See individual course web pages for more details and alternative qualifications.

The Access to Leeds scheme is available to applicants who have experienced educational or social disadvantage. Find out more at www.leeds.ac.uk/a2l