Overview


Our BSc Biological Sciences degree provides an understanding of biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels. It is broad-based, integrating subjects such as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology. If your passion in life science lies with organisms and their molecular and cellular functions then Biological Sciences at Leeds would be your choice.

Biological Sciences will develop you into the flexible graduate that employers are looking for. You will have an appreciation of the broader subject, whilst having the specialist knowledge in key disciplines that will set you apart in the job market. If you are unsure of the difference between Biological Sciences and Biology? Check our guide to help you decide which is right for you.

If you are unsure of the difference between Biological Sciences and Biology? Check our guide to help you decide which is right for you.


Course highlights

  • On this course you will gain an understanding of how living cells work, from generating energy to responding to changes in their environment. You will study a wide range of organisms, from viruses to humans, and learn the role of multiple disciplines, such as genetics and microbiology.
  • We offer four specialist themes: Molecular Medicine, Infection and Disease, Molecular Zoology, Plants and Agriculture.
  • This course offers you the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement and study year abroad.

Accreditation

This programme 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.

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Biochemistry MBiol, BSc
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Course content: Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc

The MBiol offers students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of advanced research.

Years one and two are the same as the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject. In year three you 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. On completion you will be awarded a dual award qualification called integrated degrees of Master of Biology and Bachelor of Science (MBiol, BSc).

This degree focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of bioscience and includes biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and physiology amongst the subjects studied. There is a strong emphasis on independent learning, problem solving and data analysis, taught in the context of the subject. The extended project allows students to develop their research skills in greater depth.

Course structure

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

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences 40 credits
Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Molecular Physiology 20 credits
Introduction to Microbiology 20 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
Genetic Engineering 10 credits
Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling 10 credits
Human Diseases 10 credits
Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences 40 credits
Cell Biology of Disease 10 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Advanced Skills in the Biosciences 20 credits
Research Tools and Applications 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES

Extended Research Project 90 credits
Specialised Research Topics and Skills 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biological Sciences MBiol, 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.

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.


Assessment

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: Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

Including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

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.

GCSE:

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

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

We do not accept BTEC qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

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

International Baccalaureate

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

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

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

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

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.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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

Fees

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

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

Career opportunities: Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

With the expansion of the biosciences comes the generation of new and varied career opportunities. Some of our graduates go on to further study at Masters or PhD level. Other career routes include graduate medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health sector laboratories, university and government-funded institutes and health, medical, policymaking and government organisations.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences boastsgraduate prospects of 96% (DLHE, 2014/15), which make the Biological Sciences course an exciting and enticing option for those wishing for a career in the Biosciences.

Careers support

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.

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 fourth year of the MBiol 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.

Industrial placements are typically taken between your third and final year. This will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.