The first two years of your course provide you with an overview of how the different body systems function.
In Year 1 you’ll enhance your understanding by studying subjects that complement physiology, such as neuroscience, pharmacology and cell biology.
You’ll also use a wide variety of experimental approaches in practical classes, from molecular and cell biology to the recording of blood pressure and electrocardiograms.
It may be possible to transfer to Pharmacology, Neuroscience or Medical Sciences after Year 1 (subject to academic approval).
After Year 1 has introduced you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, Year 2 of your degree will see you focus in more depth on the key areas of human physiology. Studying topics such as Experimental Techniques in Physiology and Exercise Physiology, your knowledge will become more specialised, and your research skills will become more advanced.
The degree offers the opportunity to take an industrial placement or study abroad year at the end of Year 2, subject to academic performance, which will help broaden your experience, enhance your skills and improve your employment prospects.
In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to study your chosen areas of interest in more depth through a variety of modules that broadly reflect the research expertise at Leeds. These modules include Advanced Scientific Skills and Advanced Topics in Physiology.
In your third year you have the opportunity to focus on your interests through a variety of modules that reflect the research expertise at Leeds, including modules in systems neurophysiology.
The focal point for Year 3 is an independent research project that you’ll carry out under the supervision of a field-leading academic, further developing the transferable skills that will set you apart in the graduate job market.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject.
In Year 3 you’ll study compulsory and optional modules as well as complete a literature research project and a research preparation module that will underpin your final-year research project.
In Year 4 you’ll undertake an extended research project in an original topic while exploring specialised research topics and skills. This is 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.
Find out more about choosing between an integrated Masters and a BSc degree
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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 outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials 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 also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
Independent study and research are also 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.
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.