This course equips you with a wide range of knowledge and also transferable skills. It’s a sensible choice if you know you’re interested in biomedical subjects but do not want to decide on specialisation, at least in the first year.
In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the range of topics making up the medical sciences. This will include basic anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology, as well as endocrinology and neuroscience.
You’ll also develop the fundamental laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies.
It may be possible to transfer to Pharmacology, Neuroscience or Human Physiology after Year 1 (subject to academic approval).
In Year 2, you will receive more detailed exposure to the systems of the body. You’ll study core modules that will build on your knowledge. These are taught in an integrated way that brings together normal structure and function with changes in disease and treatment. You’ll have a range of optional modules to choose from, including human diseases, toxicology and bioinformatics, and develop your understanding of research methods and experimental skills. You will further develop your critical reasoning skills, and learn how to apply your knowledge to evaluate scientific evidence.
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.
The degree offers the opportunity to apply for an industrial placement or study abroad year at the end of Year 2, which will help broaden your experience, enhance your skills and improve your employment prospects.
In Year 3, you’ll choose research-centered modules that build on topics that interested you in earlier years. ‘Advanced Topics’ modules in particular allow you to choose from a menu of different research topics so you can focus more on your areas of interest. You can also choose specialist modules such as cancer biology or biomedical nanotechnology.
Much of the year will be focused on your own research project. Your research will concentrate on a completely original topic in the subject which will allow you to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics in our specialised laboratories. For those whose career path is not into laboratory-based biosciences, a variety of different project types is available to help you to develop professionally-relevant skills.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide you with a foundation in the subject.
In Year 3 you’ll study compulsory and optional modules, 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.