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Zoology in Relation to Medicine and Veterinary Science Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Provides insight into the behaviour, physiology and interactions of a wide range of organisms and their effects on the human world.

    For many medical and veterinary students, they will encounter issues for which they have had no formal training. This may be in treatment of unusual illnesses, parasites or animal bites, occupational health issues or animal care and treatment procedures. This degree will provide a grounding in essential zoology to allow those students to make better informed judgements during their careers.

    This programme will also expose those students to the design and statistical analysis of their own experiments so that they may more objectively analyse the medical and veterinary literature.

    Zoology at Leeds has consistently scored highly in the National Student Survey and is one of the top-rated zoology courses nationally. Teaching is delivered by an internationally - recognised team of zoologists.

  • Course content

    This programme provides an overview of zoological techniques in understanding the physiology, behaviour and interactions of a wide range of organisms outside those they would have encountered during their main degree. It also provides them with experience in designing, running and interpreting experiments.

    For many medical and veterinary students, they will encounter issues for which they have had no formal training. This may be in treatment of unusual illnesses, parasites or animal bites, occupational health issues or animal care and treatment procedures. This degree will provide a grounding in essential zoology to allow those students to make better informed judgements during their careers. This programme will also expose those students to the design and statistical analysis of their own experiments so that they may more objectively analyse the medical and veterinary literature.

    Research projects

    A wide range of research topics is available on (for example) parasite-host interactions, field ecology and animal behaviour. These projects are an important way for students to learn about independent scientific research and develop important skills for future employment.


    Recent examples include:
    • A study of strike behaviour in scorpions
    • Shoaling behaviour in sticklebacks
    • Weaving resistance: alternative parasite resistance mechanisms in weaver ants
    • Reproductive activity and timing of swarming in Myotis bats
    • Diet, Familiarity and shoaling decisions in Guppies

    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

    • Biology Integrated Research Projects 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Zoology in Relation to Medicine and Veterinary Science BSc in the course catalogue

    Assessment

    Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.

  • 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

    The personal statement should demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in international health. In addition the statement should provide evidence of the following: curricular and extra-curricular engagement with international health; awareness of health care system issues in international health; awareness of wider health system issues in international health.

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 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.