During Year 1 you’ll study an introduction to microbiology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry and cell biology themes and will learn more about tissues, organs and body processes.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills with hands-on laboratory sessions, while tutorials and lectures will help strengthen your core theoretical skills – the key foundations needed for success at degree level.
From the knowledge and skills base acquired in Year 1, you’ll proceed to more advanced, specialised topics in your chosen area of interest.
At the end of Year 1, there are opportunities to transfer between the Microbiology, Biological Sciences and Biology courses (including Genetics).
In Year 2 you’ll continue to develop a broad understanding of key themes within biosciences while building on your practical and research skills from first year.
You’ll also get to engage in more in-depth study of the areas that interest you the most, with modules in areas such as virology, bacteriology, immunology and genetic engineering. This allows you to specialise in the detailed examination of infection, from the medical perspective and in relation to the biochemistry and cell biology of microbial replication and pathogenesis.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of how micro-organisms cause disease and the options available for the treatment of these conditions.
The end of second year also offers you the chance to take a study year abroad or a year in industry to further develop your skills.
Year 3 offers you specialist topics such as study of emerging infections, an in-depth study of the hepatitis viruses to gene therapy in humans.
Alongside this, a considerable part of your final year will involve an in-depth research project in which you will take all the skills you have developed in your degree and apply them to your own independent research while under the supervision of a leading academic. The culmination of your third year will be a portfolio of skills, knowledge, and experiences that will allow you to pursue your graduate career aspirations.
Integrated Masters (MBiol)
Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide a foundation in the subject.
In Year 3 of the MBiol will prepare you for the Masters level topics and research you’ll be immersed in during your final year.
You’ll undertake a research project, and study compulsory and optional modules as well as a research preparation module, using many of the Faculty’s research facilities.
In Year 4, alongside a selection of Masters level modules covering areas such as human diseases, you’ll also manage your own extended-research project in collaboration with a professional researcher. This final year aims to prepare you for a career in research as well as equipping you with the enhanced skills and expertise valued for the graduate entry level jobs.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.