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Medical Sciences MBiol, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Medical Sciences offers a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, and is ideal for people with a broad interest in the science of human beings, from the level of molecules and cells to individuals.

    This course is ideal for those who can see themselves in a career related to healthcare, medical research, or even management of health organisations. As well as offering the chance to apply for postgraduate medical or dental qualifications, you will also leave with a very strong portfolio of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.

    Our medical sciences degree offers a very flexible programme in which you can tailor your degree to your interests. Our facilities, including an environmental suite and a dissection room, allow our students to truly explore the way the human body functions both normally and in extreme conditions.
    The course provides a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience. There is also the opportunity to study in selected areas such as microbiology.
    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 Full Advanced 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.

  • Course content

    Year one will introduce you to the broad range of topics that makes up medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. On top of this you will also develop a foundation of laboratory skills and techniques that will be vital throughout your degree.

    Through modules around topics such as neurobiology and the physiology of absorption and excretion, you will receive more exposure to the systems of the body. The course is taught in a way that integrates your understanding of the normal structure and function of the body with changes in disease and treatment. There is also a chance to participate in a study year abroad or an industrial placement at the end of year two to further enhance your skills.

    Year three of the MBiol will prepare your for Master’s level, through a research preparation module and a group or individual research project, alongside level 3 modules. In year four you will have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project in a completely original topic, alongside the chance to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics.

    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
    • Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology 20 credits
    • Experimental Skills 10 credits
    • Scientific Skills 10 credits
    • Physiology of Absorption and Excretion 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Inherited Disorders 10 credits
    • Advanced Scientific Skills 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 Medical Sciences 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, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

    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/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.

    Many students go on to postgraduate entry medical or dental courses. The Medical Sciences degree is also attractive to those who envisage careers related to healthcare or medical research. Examples include laboratory or clinical research, management in world or health organisations, diagnostic services, pharmaceuticals and many other careers requiring a good general university degree, as well as PhD research.

    Recent graduate destinations include:

    • Marketing Intern, GE Healthcare
    • Therapy Representative, GlaxoSmithKline
    • Assistant Cardiac Physiologist,
    • Territory Manager, Johnson and Johnson
    • Accounts Manager, The Gas Company

    Careers support

    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.

    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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