Overview


This innovative degree, developed in partnership with the Leeds University Business School, provides a comprehensive understanding of the broad scope of biology and associated biotechnology together with the essentials of business and commerce.

Biology is the study of life, addressing the whole organism from molecules to entire ecosystems. You’ll cover the key areas of molecular biology, cellular biology, organismal biology and population biology.

This course will teach you biology that has impact together with an awareness of commercial opportunities, allowing you to implement your biological knowledge for the benefit of society across a wide range of employment options.

In your third year, you’ll have the chance to apply your knowledge and explore the potential of your ideas through an enterprise development project.

Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll be introduced to advanced topics and undertake an extended research project.

Course highlights

  • A dynamic degree: This is one of the first courses at Leeds to combine subject-specific modules with a tailored programme of enterprise teaching. You’ll learn from both a world-leading life sciences faculty and from one of the most respected and influential business schools in the UK.
  • Employability: Your knowledge of biology and business will open up a broad range of employment options. You’ll also have the chance to take an Industrial Placement or Study Year Abroad – a great chance to enhance your university experience and boost your CV!
  • Flexibility: Common core modules in the first year of many of our courses mean you’ll have the opportunity to transfer onto a related degree course if your interests develop.
  • Specialist topics: In each year you will choose modules from our specialist degrees across the biology area (Genetics, Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Zoology), allowing you to follow your own biological interests.
  • Choice: This course offers you the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement and study year abroad to enhance your experience.

Accreditation


Related courses

Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) MBiol, BSc
Biology MBiol, BSc
Ecology and Conservation Biology MBiol, BSc
Genetics MBiol, BSc
Zoology MBiol, BSc





Course content

Year 1 provides an introduction to several core themes related to biology, including molecular and cell biology, microbiology, genetics and immunology, together with a skills module which develops practical and data-handling skills through weekly laboratory classes and tutorials. You’ll have the opportunity to go on field courses to study biology in the environment. Alongside these modules, you will study the processes involved in strategic business planning and management.

In Year 2, you will continue to study biology and the continued development of your skills will be supported through modules that integrate regular tutorials, laboratory practicals and data-handling exercises. You will also gain a more focused insight into the essential elements of the business world.

In Year 3 you will continue a coordinated programme of biology and enterprise to develop a broad range of skills. There is strong emphasis on independent learning, problem-solving and data analysis taught in the context of biology. You will complete an extended individual project as part of a research group in the School of Biology. You will also continue to develop your understanding of business practices in preparation for your project in enterprise.

Integrated Masters (MBiol)

You can study the Biology with Enterprise degree as an MBiol.

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide a foundation in both Biology and Enterprise management.

In Year 3 you study compulsory and optional modules in both biology and enterprise, together with an Enterprise Development Project. In Year 4 you will study a range of Masters-level modules and undertake an extended research project. This helps to develop the high-level research and professional skills that will serve you well in your future career.

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
Biology Practicals and Data Analysis 20 credits
Practical Genetics 10 credits
Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field 10 credits
Tutorials for Biology and Genetics 10 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Enterprise in Action 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES
Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists 10 credits
Parasitology 10 credits
Animal Nutrition and Metabolism 20 credits
How Plants Work 10 credits
Sustainable Food Production 10 credits
Animals as Pests 10 credits
Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10 credits
New Enterprise Planning 20 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES
Advanced Research Skills and Experience 20 credits
Research Literature Review 20 credits
Enterprise Development Project 20 credits
Advanced Entrepreneurship 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES
Extended Research Project 80 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biology with Enterprise 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

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 employment 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 and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

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

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 - AAB

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

Science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects: Computing, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics and Use of Maths.

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) Maths and Grade 4 (C) 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 Environmental Science
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Life Science
  • Medical and Health Science Professions
  • Natural SciencesPhysical & Natural 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 plus one other science or science-related subject

MBiol:

D3/D3/D3 including D3 in Biology 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 and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

MBiol:

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

MBiol:

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H2 in Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BSc:

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.

Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics, Food Science and use of Maths.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

MBiol:

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers from 3 Advanced Highers including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.

Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics, Food Science and use of Maths.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

BSc:

AAA - AAB 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, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

MBiol:

AAA 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, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

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.


Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
 

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.

It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

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.

Biology is a wide-ranging subject that can take you into many occupations with companies in the private sector or as part of government institutions and departments. Biology with Enterprise leads to a similar breadth of careers that is augmented by knowledge of business principles.

Our students graduate into many different careers, including the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, conservation, environmental consultancy and education. Many graduates go on to specialise through further study such as a Masters or PhD.

Recent graduates can be found working as for example:

  • Research Bioscientist
  • Wildlife Film Maker
  • Biocontamination Technician
  • Senior Species Ecologist
  • Senior Plant Health and Seeds Inspector
  • Policy Adviser: International
  • Biodiversity
  • Epidemiologist.

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, RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 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 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 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.