Our Teaching

We have modern lecture theatres, equipped with the latest audio-visual and computer-based teaching aids.

As well as lectures you will have additional tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study. Small group teaching encourages active participation and understanding. It is also a good place to practise presentaton skills.

Discover your typical timetable by visiting our Course List, select 'Visit Course Page' and then the 'Teaching' tab.


Research-based teaching

You may have heard the term "research-based" teaching and are wondering what it means...

Accessing knowledge

The benefit of being taught by research academics means you have the chance to find out about the latest research first-hand. Your lectures will be shaped by the latest findings in biological sciences, not just what you read in text books, but from discoveries made right here in Leeds.

Research projects

All degrees offer you the opportunity to undertake an exciting final year research project. You will have the chance to learn from and work with Leeds' world-class scientists in an academic / research environment.

Laboratory classes

The practical content of our courses is high, which stands you in good stead in competition for science-based careers. You will work in small groups supervised by lecturers and demonstrators. We see great value in the learning opportunities offered by practical field courses and offer several field courses for students in locations as diverse as North Yorkshire, the Mediterranean and Africa. Our Biology students also have access to the University farm.

Specialist facilities

The Faculty has invested £2.25 million in modern, specialised laboratories.

You will benefit from excellent facilities both within the Faculty and across the University. We have invested £2.25m in new, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, which will accommodate over 200 undergraduate students in a contemporary and inspiring learning environment. Other facilities include fermentation units, research-quality microscopes and molecular biology suites. If you’re on one of our School of Biology programmes, you may also have the chance to access the University farm, as well as regular fieldwork opportunities.

As a major international research Faculty, we have a huge array of facilities including:

  • Specialist scientific equipment
  • 28,000 m² of laboratories
  • The University Farm and Research Field Station
  • A Zoological collection
  • Environment chamber sessions for biomedical science and sports science students
  • Field work in the UK, Europe or Africa.

Virtual Labs @ Leeds

Virtual Labs @ Leeds feature online resources include a range of presentations, quizzes, videos and animations, aimed predominantly at first year biochemistry and microbiology students.

the libraryLeeds has some of the best computing resources in the country, and a renowned library (Guardian University Guide)

The Health Sciences Library is one of the key library sites for biological sciences students, along with the Edward Boyle library which is located within minutes of the Faculty. Read more about the University Libraries.

As well as lectures and practicals, as part of your degree you will have to undertake private study. At Leeds, we have excellent library and computer facilities to help you study independently. The Skills@Library initiative offers advice, classes and workshops to help you achieve your maximum academic potential.





We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations. 

How to apply
MBiol degrees