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Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) BSc 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Biotechnology with Enterprise allows us to harness and manipulate biological systems and materials for the benefits of areas such as medicine and commerce. Offered in partnership with the Leeds University Business School, this innovative degree at Leeds offers not only a comprehensive understanding of disciplines underpinning advances in biotechnology, but also covers the essentials of business, commerce and entrepreneurship.

    Our BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) degree provides a comprehensive knowledge on the applications of biotechnology in the modern world, both commercially and clinically. The degree is designed for science students with a strong leaning towards business and commerce, providing a combination of technical knowledge in both business and biotechnology to give graduates strong career prospects.

    Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) is designed to produce graduates who meet employers' needs and are able to take full advantage of the rapidly changing and expanding arena of biotechnology and commerce. This degree offers you choice, time to decide upon a preferred subject area, and the opportunity to take “ownership” of your course.

    This course is developed in partnership with the Leeds Business School, one of the most respected and influential business schools in the UK.

    This course offers you the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement and study year abroad.

    Accreditation

    This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

  • Course content

    In year one you will begin with the core themes of biotechnology alongside an introduction to strategic business planning and management. Themes including cell biology and genetics will be delivered together with a skills development module involving weekly tutorials and laboratory sessions.

    Year two will see you build on your skills and knowledge from year one, continuing to study biological processes at molecular and cellular levels. Business modules including ‘Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice’ and ‘New Business Planning’ will complement modules in genetic engineering and human diseases to ensure that you develop a broad knowledge and skillset.

    Year three is your chance to integrate both your knowledge of Biotechnology and your understanding of commerce and enterprise, with a year-long project that is supported by tutors from the Business School as well as the Faculty of Biological Sciences. You will study advanced level topics that represent the cutting-edge of research within the area of biotechnology, and the skills you have developed throughout your previous years will continue to be honed to an even more advanced level.


    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • The Molecules of Life 10 credits
    • Introductory Skills for Biotechnology 40 credits
    • Applied Biology and Agriculture 10 credits
    • Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
    • Molecular Physiology 20 credits
    • Enterprise in Action 10 credits
    • Introductory Microbiology 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
    • Genetic Engineering 10 credits
    • Intermediate Skills for Biotechnology 40 credits
    • Sustainable Food Production 10 credits
    • Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10 credits
    • New Enterprise Planning 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Skills in the Biosciences 20 credits
    • Biotechnology Research Project 20 credits
    • Applied Genetics 20 credits
    • Enterprise Development Project 20 credits
    • Advanced Entrepreneurship 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) BSc in the course catalogue

    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

    Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

    Year one includes ten to twelve hours of lectures, a tutorial and a two, three hour practical classes (in biochemical and microbiological techniques), plus private study time.

    Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, tutorials and a six hour lab practical session, plus plus private study time.

    In year three your research project will take around three days per week (mainly in Semester One), you will also attend a number of associated lectures, plus private study time.

    Across all three years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake 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.

    Assessment

    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.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA-AAB

    Including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

    We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

    Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

    GCSE: Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Overall pass with 60 credits and a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, with distinctions in at least 30 graded level 3 credits including Biology and Chemistry units (15 units in each), and a merit in all the remaining graded credits.
      Accept Access courses in Applied Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):
      Biochemical SciencesBiological and Envionmental ScienceBiological and Health ScienceBiological SciencesBiosciencesCombined SciencesEnvironmental ScienceLife and Biological ScienceLife ScienceMedical and Health Science ProfessionsNatural SciencesPhysical & Natural Sciences.

    • BTEC

      Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Biology (although alternative science subjects will be considered). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be biology. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3/D3/D3-D3/D3/M2 including Pre-U Biology plus one other science or science-related subject.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35-34 (with 18-16 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAAAB-AAAABB including an A in higher level Biology and another science at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Higher: AAA-AAB from 3 Advanced Highers including Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

      We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing
      Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      AAA-AAB including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

      We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

    With the expansion of the biosciences comes the generation of new and varied career opportunities. Some of our graduates go on to further study at Masters or PhD level. Other career routes include graduate medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health sector laboratories, university and government-funded institutes and health, medical, policymaking and government organisations.

    The Faculty of Biological Sciences boasts graduate prospects of 96% (DLHE, 2014/15), which makes the Biological Sciences course an exciting and enticing option for those wishing for a career in the Biosciences.

    Recent graduate destinations include:

    • Laboratory Technician, Huntington School
    • Healthcare Assistant, Soho Road Medical Practice
    • Sales Executive, Softcat
    • Technical Officer, Anpario

    Careers support

    We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

    Some of the places Biological Sciences students have studied are:

    • University of Wisconsin, USA
    • Australian National University
    • Osaka University, Japan
    • McMaster University, Canada
    • University of Waterloo, Canada

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    Industrial placements are typically taken between your second and final year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

    Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.

    Some of the places Biological Sciences students have been placed are:

    • GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage
    • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Calgary
    • Rohm & Haas (UK) Ltd. West Yorkshire
    • UCB, Slough
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital

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