University of Leeds

Biological Sciences MBiol, BSc

University of Leeds
In Leeds

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Leeds
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Leeds
  • Duration:
    4 Years

As new techniques for studying molecules and cells are rapidly increasing our understanding of living organisms, this is a very exciting time to study Biological Sciences.
Biological Sciences brings together subjects including genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology, giving you knowledge and skills vital in battling global challenges such as cancer, ageing and food security.
You’ll develop both broad and specialist knowledge, with access to the latest discoveries at Leeds. Core modules will equip you with an understanding of human disease genomics, genetic engineering and cell signalling.
You’ll also specialise in one of four pathways: plants and agriculture; molecular medicine; infection and disease; or molecular zoology.
Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll be introduced to advanced topics, sophisticated techniques and undertake an extended research project.

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Leeds (West Yorkshire)
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University Of Leeds, LS2 9JT


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· Who is it intended for?

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.

· 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.

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4.0 13/03/2018
What I would highlight: They have very friendly staff, which can help you all the time. There are a lot of other exchange student too.
What could be improved: Nothing
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4.0 08/01/2018
What I would highlight: Its a city with excellent links to other countries of Europe, quite undiscovered by tourists so there is plenty of opportunity to speak French language.
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What you'll learn on the course

Cell Biology
Genetic engineering

Course programme

Year 1 of this course is designed to give you a broad grounding in biosciences. This enables you to decide which theme to choose in Year 2.

Year 1 covers an introduction to cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular physiology, genetics and immunology. This provides a broad understanding of life at the molecular and cellular level. You’ll also have the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules to broaden your studies.

You’ll develop sound laboratory techniques for studying microorganisms and cellular components such as proteins and DNA through practical classes. You’ll 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.

At the end of Year 1, there are opportunities to transfer between the Biological Sciences, Microbiology and Biology courses (including Genetics).

In Year 2, you’ll continue to cover core topics in molecular and cellular biology, building on your learning in Year 1. You’ll study genomics and genetic engineering, and further explore cell structure and function, applying this knowledge to help you understand disease processes. In addition, one of the unique features of our courses is that you’ll choose one of the following four themes, this will allow you to focus your studies in an area of interest over the remaining years of your course.

Molecular Medicine - focuses on the actions of molecules, both as therapeutic agents (drugs) and as toxic substances.

Infection and Disease - concentrates on areas such as virology, parasitology and immunology.

Molecular Zoology - combines studies of animal physiology and development with opportunities to learn about pests and parasites.

Plants and Agriculture – focuses on plant physiology, sustainable food production, and the role of pests in agriculture.

You’ll continue your skills development through Year 2. Practical classes will take the form of projects on topics relating to your lecture material in which you’ll integrate and extend the skills and techniques learnt during Year 1. Tutorials with a range of specialist tutors will develop your data analysis and interpretation skills, together with other skills such as researching new topics from the scientific literature.

At the end of your second year you’ll have the option of taking a Study Year Abroad or Industrial Placement Year – a great way of enhancing your experience and your CV.

In Year 3 your main focus will be on undertaking an independent research project, which can be laboratory, literature or computer based (eg bioinformatics, a sought-after skill for modern bioscientists), and completed under the supervision of one of our world class scientists. Alongside this you’ll continue to develop a broad range of skills through the subject-specific skills module, as well as study advanced topic modules for which you’ll be able to choose from a range of topics at the cutting-edge of research.

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.

With a greater focus on research, the MBiol will offer you research preparation modules in Year 3 as well as Masters level modules and an extended research project in your fourth year.

In Year 3, you’ll undertake a practical project which aims to introduce you to increasingly sophisticated techniques and research facilities in preparation for your research project. You’ll also undertake a literature review of your proposed project area, with the support of your supervisor. Alongside this, you’ll undertake an advanced skills module and study current topics aligned with your choice of theme.

In Year 4, you’ll 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.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • The Basis of Life
  • Molecular Physiology
  • Introduction to Microbiology

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • The Power of Bacterial Genomics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling
  • Human Diseases
  • Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences
  • Cell Biology of Disease

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Skills in the Biosciences
  • Research Tools and Applications
  • Extended Research Project Preparation

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Extended Research Project
  • Specialised Research Topics and Skills

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