Medical sciences brings together core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. This course will give you broad understanding of the science of human beings from the level of molecules and cells to individuals, and equip you with the knowledge and skills for a wide range of medical and science-related careers.

A set of core modules will equip you with research and experimental skills in the sciences as well as an understanding of topics such as endocrinology, microbiology and inherited disorders. At the same time, you’ll choose from a variety of optional modules to focus on the topics that suit your own interests and career ambitions such as chemotherapy, bioinformatics, exercise physiology, immunology and drug development.

Taught by expert researchers in our world-class facilities, you’ll gain a firm knowledge base across all the medical sciences and have access to the latest discoveries being made right here in Leeds.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences has invested £2.25 million in modern, specialised teaching laboratories as well as fermentation units, research-quality microscopes and molecular biology suites. You’ll have access to a range of specialist scientific equipment and fantastic computing and library resources – including the dedicated Health Sciences Library – to help you develop your knowledge and skills in a stimulating and supportive environment.


This BSc with Industrial Placement Year has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Related courses

Human Physiology BSc
Neuroscience BSc
Pharmacology BSc

Course content

A set of compulsory modules in Year 1 will give you a grounding in the different disciplines within medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. You’ll also develop the fundamental laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies.

In Year 2 you’ll study core modules that build on your knowledge with a focus on neurobiology, physiology of absorption and excretion and cardio-respiratory physiology, as well as developing your understanding of research methods and experimental skills. A wide range of optional modules will also allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, from human diseases to toxicology and bioinformatics.

You’ll also choose one area to specialise in from pharmacology, neuroscience, physiology and medical sciences more broadly – a pair of modules will allow you to study this area in greater depth and gain specific experimental skills.

In your final year, you’ll select from research-based modules related to your preferences and interests, including cancer biology and biomedical nanotechnology. Much of the year will be focused on your own research project, on a completely original topic in the subject which will allow you to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics.

Course structure

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

Year 1

Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 credits
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
Human Endocrinology 10 credits
Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits

Year 2

Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology 20 credits
Experimental Skills 10 credits
Scientific Skills 10 credits
Physiology of Absorption and Excretion 10 credits

Year 3

Inherited Disorders 10 credits
Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
Research Project in Biomedical Sciences 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Medical Sciences BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

Year 1 is likely to include around 10-12 hours of lectures, a tutorial and two three-hour practical classes, followed by 8-10 lectures, a six-hour practical session and tutorials in Year 2. In your final year you’ll spend more time working independently with around three days per week devoted to your research project, mainly in Semester 1, supported by lectures.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA - AAB

Including Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry, plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded. We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.


Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Physical Sciences


Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level Biology (Maths,Chemistry and Physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTECsubject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these mustbe in Biology

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3-D3/D3/M1 including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35-34 (with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 - H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1-H2 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA-AAB including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We welcome students from around the world and consider a range of qualifications. If your qualification or country does not appear on our entry requirements page, please contact us at fbsadmissions@leeds.ac.uk

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

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.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities

Many of our students go on to postgraduate entry medical or dental courses. However, this degree is also attractive to those who want to go into a variety of careers related to healthcare or medical research, such as lab or clinical research, management in world or health organisations, diagnostic services or pharmaceuticals, PhD research or any of the variety of careers requiring a good general university degree.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Marketing intern, GE Healthcare
  • Assistant cardiac physiologist
  • Therapy representative, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Territory manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Accounts Manager, The Gas Company

Careers support

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.

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.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.