Overview


Medical Sciences studies the science of human beings, from the level of molecular activity inside cells to the holistic behaviour of individuals. You’ll gain an integrated knowledge of the human body and how it works in health and disease.

This course will equip you for a wide range of medical and science-related careers. You’ll explore core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, with teaching from expert researchers in world class facilities.

You’ll also develop your skills through practical training in specialised laboratories, including hands-on anatomy.

Alongside core modules, you’ll choose from a variety of optional modules to focus on the topics that suit your own interests and ambitions, such as chemotherapy, bioinformatics, exercise physiology, immunology and drug development.

Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll undertake an extended research project and study advanced medical sciences topics.

Course highlights

If you’re undecided about which degree to study, but know you're interested in Biomedical Sciences, our Medical Sciences degree is designed to give you a broad foundation as a scientist. You’ll benefit from:

  • Choice: You’ll build a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects as well as choose from a wide range of modules to customise your degree to your interests.
  • Flexibility: Common core modules in the first year of many of our courses mean you’ll have the flexibility to transfer onto a more specialised degree course as your interests develop.
  • Employability: On this course you can undertake an industrial placement or study year abroad, a great chance to enhance your university experience and your CV.
  • Research experience: You’ll experience a wide range of hands-on training in the labs and have the chance to carry out your own independent research project in your third year.
  • Accreditation: Our MBiol and BSc with Industrial Placement courses have been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society for Biology.

Accreditation

Our BSc with Industrial Placement Year and MBiol courses have been awarded Full Advanced 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.

Related courses

Medical Microbiology BSc
Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc
Human Physiology MBiol, BSc
Neuroscience MBiol, BSc
Pharmacology MBiol, BSc





Course content

This course equips you with a wide range of knowledge and also transferable skills. It’s a sensible choice if you know you’re interested in biomedical subjects but do not want to decide on specialisation, at least in the first year.

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the range of topics making up the medical sciences. This will include basic anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology, as well as endocrinology and neuroscience.

You’ll also develop the fundamental laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies.

It may be possible to transfer to Pharmacology, Neuroscience or Human Physiology after Year 1 (subject to academic approval).

In Year 2, you will receive more detailed exposure to the systems of the body. You’ll study core modules that will build on your knowledge. These are taught in an integrated way that brings together normal structure and function with changes in disease and treatment. You’ll have a range of optional modules to choose from, including human diseases, toxicology and bioinformatics, and develop your understanding of research methods and experimental skills. You will further develop your critical reasoning skills, and learn how to apply your knowledge to evaluate scientific evidence.

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.

The degree offers the opportunity to apply for an industrial placement or study abroad year at the end of Year 2, which will help broaden your experience, enhance your skills and improve your employment prospects.

In Year 3, you’ll choose research-centered modules that build on topics that interested you in earlier years. ‘Advanced Topics’ modules in particular allow you to choose from a menu of different research topics so you can focus more on your areas of interest. You can also choose specialist modules such as cancer biology or biomedical nanotechnology.

Much of the year will be focused on your own research project. Your research will concentrate on a completely original topic in the subject which will allow you to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics in our specialised laboratories. For those whose career path is not into laboratory-based biosciences, a variety of different project types is available to help you to develop professionally-relevant skills.

Integrated Masters (MBiol)

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide you with a foundation in the subject.

In Year 3 you’ll study compulsory and optional modules, a literature research project and a research preparation module that will underpin your final-year research project.

In Year 4 you’ll undertake an extended research project in an original topic while exploring specialised research topics and skills. This is 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.

Find out more about choosing between an integrated Masters and a BSc degree

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
Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 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 Physiology 20 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits

Year 2

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

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES
Inherited Disorders 10 credits
Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
Practical Research Skills 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES
Advanced Research Topics 30 credits
Extended Research Project 90 credits

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

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

You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.

Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.

As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.

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

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA - AAB

BSc:

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.

MBiol:

A-level: AAA

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.

GCSE:

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

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

BSc:

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

MBiol:

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

BSc:

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 BTEC subject 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 must be in Biology

MBiol:

We do not accept BTEC qualifications.

Cambridge Pre-U

BSc:

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

MBiol:

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

International Baccalaureate

BSc:

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.

MBiol:

35 (with 18 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)

BSc:

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 - H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3 including H2 in Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

MBiol:

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

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BSc:

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.

MBiol:

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.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Bsc:

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.

MBiol:

AAA 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.

International

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 our admissions team.

International year one
Taught at the Leeds International Study Centre, this two-semester course is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It aims to help you develop the skills you need to join the second year of a Biological Sciences related degree.

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

Fees

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.

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

As well as providing you with subject-specific knowledge, we aim to equip you with the best possible skills for a variety of future careers. All of our degrees have a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving.

Throughout the degree, you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Supported by the Leeds for Life scheme and your academic and personal tutor, you’ll be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your time at university.

Many students go on to postgraduate entry medical or dental courses, while other graduates further develop their research skills by doing a PhD. The Medical Sciences degree is also attractive to those who envisage careers related to healthcare or medical research.

Examples include laboratory or clinical research, management in healthcare organisations and diagnostic roles (including the NHS Scientist Training Programme). Within the pharmaceutical industry, our graduates are involved in roles ranging from research and development of new drugs to clinical trials and medicines safety.

With a strong focus on wider skills such as data handling, problem-solving and communication skills, our graduates are also well equipped for a range of other careers.

Careers support

Dedicated employability team

We have a dedicated employability team in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who work closely with the University’s Careers Centre to support your development.

We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. These include our annual Faculty Graduate Panel, where graduates are invited back to talk about their work and network with our students, and our STEM Careers Fair, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, such as AstraZeneca, Covance, GSK, Nuffield Health, 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 third year of the your course 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 second and final year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement, 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.