Human physiology is the study of how our body works in an integrated way. An understanding of physiology is fundamental to modern medical practice because physiological knowledge allows diagnoses and therefore determines appropriate medicinal treatments.
An understanding of modern human physiology guarantees an almost endless array of possibilities for careers in biomedicine which can be combined with virtually any other area of biological science. This degree will provide you with an ideal opportunity to train in a medically orientated field of world-wide importance.
As a physiologist you will ask fundamental questions such as: How does the body function during the normal demands of everyday life, and during stressful situations like exercise, or working in extreme environments?How do body systems fail in diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure and neurodegeneration?
This programme has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience. Following a successful demonstration to the Society that these graduate attributes have been attained, and graduation of the first cohort of students from the programme, the programme may be awarded full accreditation.
Year one will introduce you to the subject with an overview of how the different body systems function. Introductory modules in subjects such as pharmacology and neuroscience will enhance your understanding of human physiology, and practical classes will introduce you to a range of experimental approaches.
After year one has introduced you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, year two of your degree will see you focus in more depth on the key areas of human physiology. Through modules such as ‘Experimental Techniques in Physiology’ and ‘Exercise Physiology’, your knowledge will become more specialised, and your research skills will become more advanced.
In year three of the MBiol, alongside your compulsory and optional modules you will study a research preparation module and undertake laboratory work that will expose you to the latest research methods and prepare you for your Masters study. Year four will involve an extended research project in an original topic, complimented with Masters level modules that will prepare you for a career in research as well as equipping you with the cutting edge expertise needed in the general graduate job market.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|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|
|Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology||20 credits|
|Experimental Skills||10 credits|
|Scientific Skills||10 credits|
|Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease||10 credits|
|Physiology of Absorption and Excretion||10 credits|
|Experimental Skills in Physiology||10 credits|
|Topics in Physiology||10 credits|
|Advanced Scientific Skills||20 credits|
|Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II||20 credits|
|Practical Research Skills||20 credits|
|Extended Research Project Preparation||20 credits|
|Advanced Research Topics||30 credits|
|Extended Research Project||90 credits|
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.
Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.
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.
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.
We do not accept Access to HE.
We do not accept BTEC qualification.
D3/D3/D3 including D3 in Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.
35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.
Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA 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.
AAA including Biology or 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 Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were 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 accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
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.
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 youre 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.
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, youll 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.
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
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
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.
Typical graduate destinations include medically-related careers such as graduate entry medicine or physiotherapy courses and paramedical training. Other graduates continue onto Masters or PhD study, academic research or teaching.
Data collected of graduate’s salaries 6 months after graduation shows that the average salary would be around £21,000 (DLHE 2012/2013). Careers through graduation of the Human Physiology course have been rather focused in their job specification, with the general healthcare of the public being a common denominator in recent graduate destinations.
Recent graduate destinations include:
Healthcare assistant, York Hospital
Trainee cardiac physiologist, NHS Scotland
Healthcare assistant, Brocklebank group practice
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.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats 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.
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.
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.