Biotechnology with Enterprise 2016/17

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What is Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise)?

Biotechnology with Enterprise allows us to harness and manipulate biological systems and materials for the benefits of areas such as medicine and commerce. Offered in partnership with the Leeds University Business School, this innovative degree at Leeds offers not only a comprehensive understanding of disciplines underpinning advances in biotechnology, but also covers the essentials of business, commerce and entrepreneurship.

Why study Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise)?

Our BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) degree provides a comprehensive knowledge on the applications of biotechnology in the modern world, both commercially and clinically. The degree is designed for science students with a strong leaning towards business and commerce, providing a combination of technical knowledge in both business and biotechnology to give graduates strong career prospects.

Advanced Accredited Degree

Our BSc with Industrial Placement Year programme has been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

See also: Biological Sciences


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Course Overview

Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) is designed to produce graduates who meet employers' needs and are able to take full advantage of the rapidly changing and expanding arena of biotechnology and commerce. This degree offers you choice, time to decide upon a preferred subject area, and the opportunity to take “ownership” of your course.

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

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.

BSc Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3

Compulsory modules

Compulsory modules

Compulsory modules

  • Introductory Skills for Biotechnology
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Enterprise in Action
  • The Molecules of Life
  • Introduction to Genetic
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Tissues, Organs and Processes of the Human Body
  • Applied Biology and Agriculture
  • Intermediate Skills for Biotechnology
  • New Enterprise Planning
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice
  • The Power of Bacterial Genomics
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Advanced Skills in the Biosciences
  • Enterprise Development Project
  • Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • Research Tools and Applications
  • Applied Genetics

Optional modules

Optional modules

Optional modules

  • Innovation and Creativity in Business
  • Understanding Social Enterprises
  • Introduction to Management 1
  • Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling
  • Human Diseases
  • Chemotherapy
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Medical Virology
  • Managing Innovation in Business
  • Innovating Social Enterprises
  • Advanced Topics in the Biosciences 2*
  • Advanced Topics in the Biosciences 3*

*Students undertaking this programme will follow a Biotechnology pathway of selected Advanced Topics.

Total credits:120

Total credits:120

Total credits:120

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

BSc Year One

In year one you will begin with the core themes of biotechnology alongside an introduction to strategic business planning and management. Themes including cell biology and genetics will be delivered together with a skills development module involving weekly tutorials and laboratory sessions.

BSc Year Two

Year two will see you build on your skills and knowledge from year one, continuing to study biological processes at molecular and cellular levels. Business modules including ‘Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice’ and ‘New Business Planning’ will complement modules in genetic engineering and human diseases to ensure that you develop a broad knowledge and skillset.

BSc Year Three

Year three is your chance to integrate both your knowledge of Biotechnology and your understanding of commerce and enterprise, with a year-long project that is supported by tutors from the Business School as well as the Faculty of Biological Sciences. You will study advanced level topics that represent the cutting-edge of research within the area of biotechnology, and the skills you have developed throughout your previous years will continue to be honed to an even more advanced level.

MBiol Year  Four

In year four you will study Masters level modules, as well as using your preparation from the previous years to undertake an extended research-project.

MBiol Year four

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

Extended Research Project (Biotechnology) Drugs, Processes, Products and People
Specialised Research Topics and Skills Molecular Diagnostics, Drug Delivery and Therapies
  Tissue Engineering
  Plant Biotechnology
  Global Perspectives on Enterprise
  Enterprise & Society
Total credits = 125

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MBiol.

To find out more about this MBiol degree programme download our guide and our overview on MBiol programmes.


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.

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

A typical week:

  • Year one includes ten to twelve hours of lectures, a tutorial and a two, three hour practical classes (in biochemical and microbiological techniques), plus private study time.
  • Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, tutorials and a six hour lab practical session, plus plus private study time.
  • In year three your research project will take around three days per week (mainly in Semester One), you will also attend a number of associated lectures, plus private study time.

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

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will vary dependent upon which of the following pathways you choose:

Qualification Course Title Duration
BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) 3 years
BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) with industrial placement year 4 years
BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) with a study year abroad 4 years
MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) 4 years
MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) with industrial placement year 5 years
MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) with a study year abroad 5 years

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