Medical Sciences (BSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

All study options

About Medical Sciences at University of Leeds

Medical sciences brings together core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. This course will give you broad understanding of the science of human beings from the level of molecules and cells to individuals, and equip you with the knowledge and skills for a wide range of medical and science-related careers.

A set of core modules will equip you with research and experimental skills in the sciences as well as an understanding of topics such as endocrinology, microbiology and inherited disorders. At the same time, you'll choose from a variety of optional modules to focus on the topics that suit your own interests and career ambitions such as chemotherapy, bioinformatics, exercise physiology, immunology and drug development.

Taught by expert researchers in our world-class facilities, you'll gain a firm knowledge base across all the medical sciences and have access to the latest discoveries being made right here in Leeds.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences has invested £2.25 million in modern, specialised teaching laboratories as well as fermentation units, research-quality microscopes and molecular biology suites. You'll have access to a range of specialist scientific equipment and fantastic computing and library resources - including the dedicated Health Sciences Library - to help you develop your knowledge and skills in a stimulating and supportive environment.


This BSc with Industrial Placement Year has 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.

  • Course content

    A set of compulsory modules in Year 1 will give you a grounding in the different disciplines within medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. You'll also develop the fundamental laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies.

    In Year 2 you'll study core modules that build on your knowledge with a focus on neurobiology, physiology of absorption and excretion and cardio-respiratory physiology, as well as developing your understanding of research methods and experimental skills. A wide range of optional modules will also allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, from human diseases to toxicology and bioinformatics.

    You'll also choose one area to specialise in from pharmacology, neuroscience, physiology and medical sciences more broadly - a pair of modules will allow you to study this area in greater depth and gain specific experimental skills.

    In your final year, you'll select from research-based modules related to your preferences and interests, including cancer biology and biomedical nanotechnology. Much of the year will be focused on your own research project, on a completely original topic in the subject which will allow you to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics.

    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

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA - AAB

      Including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
      We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.

      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: Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

      • Career opportunities

        Number 1 for employability - the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

        Many of our students go on to postgraduate entry medical or dental courses. However, this degree is also attractive to those who want to go into a variety of careers related to healthcare or medical research, such as lab or clinical research, management in world or health organisations, diagnostic services or pharmaceuticals, PhD research or any of the variety of careers requiring a good general university degree.

        Recent graduate destinations include:
        • Marketing intern, GE Healthcare
        • Assistant cardiac physiologist
        • Therapy representative, GlaxoSmithKline
        • Territory manager, Johnson & Johnson
        • Accounts Manager, The Gas Company

        Careers support

        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.

        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 the BSc 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.

        We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University's Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

      • Related courses

        Human Physiology BSc
        Neuroscience BSc
        Pharmacology BSc
  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 21500 per year

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