Our teaching

Three students working in a lab.

As one of the world-leading faculties within the life sciences in terms of our research impact and influence, subject diversity and teaching excellence. Our teaching has been rated Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest award possible.

This demonstrates our commitment to providing our students with the highest quality teaching and positive outcomes. You’ll learn through a range of teaching styles, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars, and private study time. This will give you lots of variety in your timetable plus time to pursue other interests and activities such as clubs and societies.

Research-based learning

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, you’ll get to share in the excitement of our cutting-edge research.

Throughout your degree, you’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields. This gives you the chance to find out about the latest research first-hand. These academics will share their passion for the subject with you. They will inspire you through their teaching and introduce you to the latest findings and discoveries in the biological sciences.

Flexible degrees

Our flexible degrees offer a wide range of optional modules, that allows you to tailor your learning to your interests. As well as being able to choose from a variety of modules, you may the option to swap between degree programmes until the end of your first year. (This is subject to discussion with your programme leader.)

Once you have begun your degree you can have the flexibility to choose to take a Study Abroad year or Industrial Placement year or swap on to our Integrated Master MBiol programme.

Practical-hands on learning

Using our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, you will get the opportunity to conduct practical experiments that enhance the scientific theories you will learn in lectures. Working in small groups supervised by lecturers and demonstrators, you develop the essential skills necessary to compete for science-based careers.

Field Courses

If you are studying one of our degrees in the School of Biology, you will also experience practical learning in the field, through our various field courses and have access to the University’s Farm. Field courses provide hands-on experience of whole organisms and an opportunity to study animals and plants in their natural environment. 

Industry-relevant courses

Your learning will be directly influenced by industry, ensuring you develop all the relevant skills and training required by graduate bioscience employers.

Our Industrial Advisory Board gives employers the chance to input directly into course and module content, and reinforces the strong relationships we have. All our MBiol and BSc Industrial Placement Year courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. 

Lectures & Tutorials

We have modern lecture theatres, equipped with the latest audiovisual and computer-based teaching aids. We also have invested over £2m in new state-of-the-art lecture capture and multimedia management system. You’ll be able to access video and audio recordings of many of your lectures and other activities through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Small-group teaching tutorials encourage active participation and understanding. It also enhances your teamwork, communication and presentation skills, which are essential transferable skills for your future career.

Research projects

All our degrees offer you the opportunity to undertake an exciting final-year research project. You’ll have the chance to learn from and work with our world-class scientists in an academic or research environment.

Our projects provide you with the opportunity to explore your subject in more detail and develop essential skills for the world of work: problem-solving, teamwork, management, leadership, decision-making, research and communication skills.

Depending on your degree course and personal interests, your research project can be a practical lab based project or a literature based research project allowing you to be flexible in your learning.

Science and society

As part of your final-year research project, you can take part in the Science and Society initiative.

Students are invited to take research conundrums and ethical dilemmas into schools for pupils to grapple with, engaging young people with the Faculty’s research while also developing key skills that employers value.

Academic facilities

You will have access to excellent facilities both within the Faculty and across the University. You’ll benefit from a contemporary, inspiring and well-equipped learning environment. Other facilities include fermentation units, research-quality microscopes and molecular biology suites.

Our libraries offer a variety of study environments. The Brotherton, Edward Boyle, Laidlaw and Health Sciences libraries – based in four buildings on campus – each house a different subject-based collection.

Almost 4,000 study spaces are available, from silent individual study to vibrant group work areas. All our libraries have extensive computer facilities and are wireless-enabled throughout for mobile devices.

Supporting our students

Your wellbeing is important to us so we have a dedicated team to help you make the transition to university as smooth as possible. Your personal tutor and the Student Education Office are there to ensure you get the most out of your time at Leeds and that you grow in confidence to become an independent learner.

Our dedication to student support and wellbeing is reflected in our students' satisfaction. The University of Leeds scored 86% student satisfaction in the latest NSS survey.