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 setting up and running a business. Optional modules are also available to broaden your business awareness. Business modules place considerable emphasis on group exercises, allowing you to develop your team-working and negotiation skills.
In your biotechnology practical classes you’ll undertake a wide range of laboratory techniques for studying microorganisms and cellular components such as proteins and DNA. Through practicals you’ll develop your ability to design experiments, produce, analyse, interpret and present accurate and robust experimental data. Tutorials will train you to find and use scientific information to answer questions and solve problems, and communicate your science in a variety of formats such as essays, posters and oral presentations.
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 using site-directed mutagenesis to explore expression levels of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) in E.coli and collaborating with medicinal chemistry students on a drug discovery project.
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 consultancy project in Year 3. In addition to this project, and a business dissertation, you will also undertake a research project in biotechnology which can be laboratory, literature or computer based (e.g. bioinformatics, a sought-after skill for modern bioscientists). Both projects will be supported by expert tutors from the relevant subject area.
Alongside your projects, 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 subject-specific and transferable skills through the 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 and availability.
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 Consultancy 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.
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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.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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.