Overview


Biotechnology with Enterprise allows us to harness biological systems and processes to help tackle many of the great challenges facing our world, such as food security and medical advances.

Offered in partnership with the Leeds University Business School, this innovative and exciting degree offers both an understanding of disciplines underpinning advances in biotechnology, and the essentials of business, commerce and entrepreneurship.

You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of cellular and molecular life sciences, and learn how this can be applied to real world problems, together with the entrepreneurial skills to turn your ideas into reality. You will experience independent project work in both biotechnology and enterprise during your degree.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of business or enterprise for this course.

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

Course highlights

  • A dynamic degree: This innovative degree will teach you the processes to take a product from bench to marketplace. 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.
  • Comprehensive learning: You’ll gain knowledge of the applications of biotechnology in the modern world, both commercially and clinically, as well as in-depth knowledge of cellular and molecular life sciences.
  • Employability: Combining subject-specific knowledge with enterprise skills will help you access a broad range of career opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurial skills: You’ll become part of the University student enterprise community, offering you opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and support if you aim to start your own business.
  • Research experience: You’ll regularly apply your knowledge and skills in the lab and have the chance to carry out your own independent research project supervised by researchers who are leaders in their field.
  • Accreditation: Our MBiol and BSc with Industrial Placement courses has received advanced accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology.

Unsure of the difference between Biological Sciences and Biology? Check our guide to help you decide which is right for you.

Accreditation

Our BSc with Industrial Placement Year and MBiol courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Related courses

Biochemistry MBiol, BSc
Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc
Biology with Enterprise MBiol, BSc
Medical Biochemistry MBiol, BSc
Microbiology MBiol, BSc





Course content

Year 1 provides an introduction to core themes related to biotechnology, including molecular and cell biology, microbiology, genetics and immunology, giving you a broad understanding of life at the molecular and cellular level. Alongside these modules, you will study the processes involved in enterprise planning and management. Optional modules are also available to broaden your business awareness.

You’ll develop sound laboratory techniques for studying microorganisms and cellular components such as proteins and DNA through practical classes. You will develop your ability to analyse, interpret and present data, use scientific information to solve problems and design experiments exploiting the techniques you have learnt in the laboratory.

In Year 2, you will continue to study biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels, and your continued skills development will be supported through modules that integrate regular tutorials, laboratory practicals and data handling exercises. Practical classes will take the form of projects relating to areas of specific interest to biotechnologists, including gene expression and drug discovery.

At the end of your second year you’ll have the option of taking a Study Year Abroad, an Industrial Placement Year, or a Year in Enterprise.

You will continue to develop your understanding of business practice and will undertake a module in New Business Planning in preparation for your independent enterprise project in Year 3. In addition to this project, you will also undertake a research project in biotechnology which can be laboratory, literature or computer based (eg bioinformatics, a sought-after skill for modern bioscientists). Both projects will be supported by expert tutors from the relevant subject area.

Alongside your project, you will study advanced topic modules, where you can choose from a range of biotechnology topics at the cutting edge of research. You’ll continue to develop a broad range of skills through the subject-specific skills module, as in previous years.

Integrated Masters (MBiol)

Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc, and provide foundation knowledge and skills. Transfer from the BSc course at the end of Year 2 is available subject to performance.

In Year 3, you will undertake a biotechnology practical project, which aims to introduce you to increasingly sophisticated techniques and research facilities, alongside your enterprise development project. You’ll also carry out a literature review of your proposed Year 4 biotechnology project area, with the support of your supervisor. You’ll undertake an advanced skills module and study a range of current topics aligned with your scientific interests.

In Year 4, you will spend approximately six months working on your research project in your supervisor’s laboratory, alongside a skills module which aims to prepare you for life as a professional scientist, and a Masters-level enterprise module.

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
The Molecules of Life 10 credits
Introductory Skills for Biotechnology 40 credits
Applied Biology and Agriculture 10 credits
Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
Molecular Physiology 20 credits
Enterprise in Action 10 credits
Introductory Microbiology 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES
The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
Genetic Engineering 10 credits
Intermediate Skills for Biotechnology 40 credits
Sustainable Food Production 10 credits
Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10 credits
New Enterprise Planning 20 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES
Advanced Skills in the Biosciences 20 credits
Research Tools and Applications 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits
Applied Genetics 20 credits
Enterprise Development Project 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES
Extended Research Project 90 credits
Specialised Research Topics and Skills for Biotechnology 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biological Sciences (Biotechnology 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, workshops 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 undertake private study, supported by online resources.

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

Independent study and research are 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 another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

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

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

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

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. Will also consider (depending on subject content):

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and Envionmental Science
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Life Science
  • Medical and Health Science Professions
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical & Natural Sciences.

MBiol:

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

BSc:

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Biology (although alternative science subjects will be considered). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be biology. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices.

MBiol:

We do not accept BTEC qualification.

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 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 (with 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 at higher level.

MBiol:

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H2 in Biology 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, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing 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, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

BSc:

AAA-AAB including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

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

MBiol:

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

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

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 accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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.

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

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.

Our graduates have, for many years, experienced high employment rates and a high proportion quickly gain employment upon graduation. With the expansion of the biosciences comes the generation of new and varied career opportunities. Some of our graduates go on to further study at Masters or PhD level. Other career routes include pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health sector laboratories, university and government-funded institutes and health, medical, policymaking and government organisations, teaching, graduate medicine, and dentistry.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Research Technician
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Business Development Support
  • Finance Analyst.

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.

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 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 after your second 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.

Some of the places our students have been placed are:
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage
  • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Calgary
  • Rohm & Haas (UK) Ltd. West Yorkshire
  • UCB, Slough
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital