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The award
BSc

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
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International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

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About Human Physiology at University of Leeds

Human physiology is the study of how our body works in an integrated way. An understanding of physiology is fundamental to modern medical practice because physiological knowledge allows diagnoses and therefore determines appropriate medicinal treatments.

An understanding of modern human physiology guarantees an almost endless array of possibilities for careers in biomedicine which can be combined with virtually any other area of biological science. This degree will provide you with an ideal opportunity to train in a medically orientated field of world-wide importance.

As a physiologist you will ask fundamental questions such as: How does the body function during the normal demands of everyday life, and during stressful situations like exercise, or working in extreme environments?How do body systems fail in diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure and neurodegeneration?

Accreditation

This programme has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience. Following a successful demonstration to the Society that these graduate attributes have been attained, and graduation of the first cohort of students from the programme, the programme may be awarded full accreditation.

  • Course content

    Year one will introduce you to the subject with an overview of how the different body systems function. Introductory modules in subjects such as pharmacology and neuroscience will enhance your understanding of human physiology, and practical classes will introduce you to a range of experimental approaches.

    After year one has introduced you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, year two of your degree will see you focus in more depth on the key areas of human physiology. Through modules such as 'Experimental Techniques in Physiology' and 'Exercise Physiology', your knowledge will become more specialised, and your research skills will become more advanced.

    In year three of the MBiol, alongside your compulsory and optional modules you will study a research preparation module and undertake laboratory work that will expose you to the latest research methods and prepare you for your Masters study. Year four will involve an extended research project in an original topic, complimented with Masters level modules that will prepare you for a career in research as well as equipping you with the cutting edge expertise needed in the general graduate job market.

    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

      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.

        Typical graduate destinations include medically-related careers such as graduate entry medicine or physiotherapy courses and paramedical training. Other graduates continue onto Masters or PhD study, academic research or teaching.

        Data collected of graduate's salaries 6 months after graduation shows that the average salary would be around £21,000 (DLHE 2012/2013). Careers through graduation of the Human Physiology course have been rather focused in their job specification, with the general healthcare of the public being a common denominator in recent graduate destinations.

        Recent graduate destinations include:
        Healthcare assistant, York Hospital
        Trainee cardiac physiologist, NHS Scotland
        Healthcare assistant, Brocklebank group practice

        Careers support

        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.

        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 fourth year of the MBiol 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

        Medical Sciences MBiol, BSc
        Neuroscience MBiol, BSc
        Pharmacology MBiol, BSc
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