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Human Physiology MBiol, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Human physiology is the study of how our body works in an integrated way. An understanding of physiology is fundamental to modern medical practice because physiological knowledge allows diagnoses and therefore determines appropriate medicinal treatments.

    An understanding of modern human physiology guarantees an almost endless array of possibilities for careers in biomedicine which can be combined with virtually any other area of biological science. This degree will provide you with an ideal opportunity to train in a medically orientated field of world-wide importance.

    As a physiologist you will ask fundamental questions such as: How does the body function during the normal demands of everyday life, and during stressful situations like exercise, or working in extreme environments?How do body systems fail in diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure and neurodegeneration?

    Course highlights

    • Our approach to Human Physiology is an integrative one, ranging from how whole organs work and interact to control body functions, down to the molecular mechanisms operating within cells.
      You will acquire key practical, analytical and communication skills to enable you to analyse and present scientific data.
    • The programme enables you to develop a range of transferable skills such as computing (ICT), communication and problem solving.
    • All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.

    Accreditation

    This programme has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience. Following a successful demonstration to the Society that these graduate attributes have been attained, and graduation of the first cohort of students from the programme, the programme may be awarded full accreditation.

  • Course content

    Year one will introduce you to the subject with an overview of how the different body systems function. Introductory modules in subjects such as pharmacology and neuroscience will enhance your understanding of human physiology, and practical classes will introduce you to a range of experimental approaches.

    After year one has introduced you to the foundations of biomedical sciences, year two of your degree will see you focus in more depth on the key areas of human physiology. Through modules such as ‘Experimental Techniques in Physiology’ and ‘Exercise Physiology’, your knowledge will become more specialised, and your research skills will become more advanced.

    In year three of the MBiol, alongside your compulsory and optional modules you will study a research preparation module and undertake laboratory work that will expose you to the latest research methods and prepare you for your Masters study. Year four will involve an extended research project in an original topic, complimented with Masters level modules that will prepare you for a career in research as well as equipping you with the cutting edge expertise needed in the general graduate job market.

    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

    • Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences 40 credits
    • Biology of the Mind 10 credits
    • Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
    • Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2 20 credits
    • Human Endocrinology 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology 20 credits
    • Experimental Skills 10 credits
    • Scientific Skills 10 credits
    • Exercise Physiology in Health and Disease 10 credits
    • Physiology of Absorption and Excretion 10 credits
    • Experimental Skills in Physiology 10 credits
    • Topics in Physiology 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Scientific Skills 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II 20 credits
    • Practical Research Skills 20 credits
    • Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Research Topics 30 credits
    • Extended Research Project 90 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Human Physiology MBiol, 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.

    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

    Including Biology/Human Biology, or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

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

    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

      We do not accept Access to HE.

    • BTEC

      We do not accept BTEC qualification.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

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

    • International Baccalaureate

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

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAAAB including an A in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Higher: AAA 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 and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.
      Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      AAA including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
      We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Science- related subjects: geography, PE, psychology, use of maths and statistics.


    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

    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.

    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.

    Typical graduate destinations include medically-related careers such as graduate entry medicine or physiotherapy courses and paramedical training. Other graduates continue onto Masters or PhD study, academic research or teaching.

    Data collected of graduate’s salaries 6 months after graduation shows that the average salary would be around £21,000 (DLHE 2012/2013). Careers through graduation of the Human Physiology course have been rather focused in their job specification, with the general healthcare of the public being a common denominator in recent graduate destinations.

    Recent graduate destinations include:
    Healthcare assistant, York Hospital
    Trainee cardiac physiologist, NHS Scotland
    Healthcare assistant, Brocklebank group practice

    Careers support

    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.

    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 fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

    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.

    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.

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