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Human Physiology in Relation to Medicine Intercalated BSc 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Physiology is the discipline that underpins modern medicine and this is reflected in our programme. The emphasis of our research-led teaching is on how the body copes with the normal demands we place upon it during everyday life.

    We also study how body systems go wrong in diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and neurodegeneration.

    Our approach is an integrative one, ranging from how whole organs work and interact to control body functions, down to the molecular mechanisms operating within cells.

    Previous students

    Students are asked to provide feedback on the programme via a variety of formal and informal mechanisms including module reviews, staff student meetings and in an anonymous intercalated BSc evaluation feedback questionnaire administered by the school of medicine.


    Feedback from graduates is highly positive on this degree programme, with students stating they it is a very good course and that they would recommend it to other students. They are happy with the choice of modules available and particularly expressed their satisfaction at having a wide variety of topics to choose from in their advanced topics module: in particular affording them the opportunity to choose topics that interest them the most.


    Example comments included:


    "The dissertations were beneficial in increasing our transferable skills set."
    "Project supervisors gave lots of support."
    "Learnt how to critically appraise literature, which will be a highly beneficial skill to have for the future."

  • Course content

    The programme will:

    • provide you with advanced study of specialist areas such as cellular physiology, neuroscience and integrative physiology, broadly reflecting the research interests of the teaching staff;
    • require you to undertake either a literature or laboratory project, in the context of studying experimental design and practice;
    • provide opportunities to develop competency in transferable skills, including communication skills, problem solving, experimental design, data and information retrieval, integration, analysis and interpretation, using statistics and computing/information technology as appropriate;
    • provide appropriate support and guidance;
    • provide high quality learning resources to support the objectives of the programme.

    Research projects

    Students can apply for, or may be offered, projects in any area of Biomedical Science (e.g. human physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, etc) but here are some titles of projects offered recently by members of the Physiology Programme team or undertaken by our intercalating students:


    • Mechanisms of respiratory rhythm generation
    • Mechanisms of acute/chronic pain and analgesia
    • Trigeminal system and chronic oro-facial pain
    • Nanotoxicity
    • Cellular mechanisms associated with cardiac dysfunction
    • Lipid regulation of cardiac myocyte function
    • Cardia myocyte morphology and function
    • Excitation-contraction coupling in diseased myocardium
    • Computational analysis of arrhythmogenisis in virtual ventricular tissue
    • Obesity: an epidemic
    • Renal Physiology, Aquaporins & Water balance
    • Molecular physiology and pharmacology of P2X and TRPM ion channels
    • Structural basis of movement in living cells: molecular motors
    • The genetic basis of neurological disorders
    • Stem cell differentiation and development

    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

    • Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II 20 credits
    • Research Project in Biomedical Sciences 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Human Physiology in Relation to Medicine BSc in the course catalogue

    Assessment

    You are assessed in two ways. Depending on which modules you take, approximately two-thirds of your final mark will come from the module exams, which you will sit in January (semester 1 exam period) and May (semester 2 exam period). The remaining third of your final mark will come from course work during the year - including the research project.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements


    Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent. For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

    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.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    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.

    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

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

    The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

    In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.