Our BSc Biological Sciences degree provides an understanding of biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels. It is broad-based, integrating subjects such as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology. If your passion in life science lies with organisms and their molecular and cellular functions then Biological Sciences at Leeds would be your choice.
Biological Sciences will develop you into the flexible graduate that employers are looking for. You will have an appreciation of the broader subject, whilst having the specialist knowledge in key disciplines that will set you apart in the job market. If you are unsure of the difference between Biological Sciences and Biology? Check our guide to help you decide which is right for you.
If you are unsure of the difference between Biological Sciences and Biology? Check our guide to help you decide which is right for you.
This programme 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.
The MBiol offers students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of advanced research.
Years one and two are the same as the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject. In year three you study compulsory and optional modules, an individual or group research project and a research preparation module. In year four you will study a range of masters level modules and will undertake an extended research project. On completion you will be awarded a dual award qualification called integrated degrees of Master of Biology and Bachelor of Science (MBiol, BSc).
This degree focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of bioscience and includes biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics and physiology amongst the subjects studied. There is a strong emphasis on independent learning, problem solving and data analysis, taught in the context of the subject. The extended project allows students to develop their research skills in greater depth.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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: Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.
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.
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 graduate medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health sector laboratories, university and government-funded institutes and health, medical, policymaking and government organisations.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences boastsgraduate prospects of 96% (DLHE, 2014/15), which make the Biological Sciences course an exciting and enticing option for those wishing for a career in the Biosciences.
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.
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
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 fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.
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.
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