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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Biology with Enterprise (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-BLGY/EUCAS code:C1N2
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor P E Urwin Contact address:P.E.Urwin@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

MBIOL A Level or Advanced Higher: AAA from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

IB: 35 (18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB including an A in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

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

Science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
Science- related subjects: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, ICT, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics and Sports Science.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Biology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Biology

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees in Biology, however the principle of such programmes in other subject areas is to ensure coverage of Honours level Benchmark requirements plus ensure that the higher Masters levels objectives are met.

Programme specification:

This programme is distinctive because it will enhance the employability of graduates in Biology and their potential by combining the development of entrepreneurship and business skills with scientific training in Biology.

The inclusion of enterprise modules delivered in conjunction with the Leeds Enterprise Centre, who already delivers teaching on the MBiol, Bsc Biotechnology with Enterprise, will develop student skills in the areas of creativity, business development and finance. The development of entrepreneurship and business skills will carry forward into a final-year project, which will incorporate scientific research with implementation of the business plan.

The MBiol, BSc Biology with Enterprise programme will offer students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of advanced research.

The inclusion of enterprise modules delivered in conjunction with the Leeds Enterprise Centre provides a distinctive flavour to this programme by developing student skills in the areas of creativity, business development and finance.

The most important values which inform this programme are to provide excellent students with the opportunity to gain substantial research training and experience through engagement with an individual research project conducted as part of a research team in an internationally recognised research laboratory.

The academic content of this programme concentrates on developing an understanding of research through the delivery and active engagement in taught components, practical skills development, data analysis and problem solving elements culminating in a major research project supported by further research and transferable skills training and career planning opportunities.

The most important intellectual skills developed in the programme are appreciation of the fundamental underpinning principles of the subject area leading through to the current state of the field informed by the research-based ethos of teaching and investigation.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed will be those underpinning the subject specific nature of the programme area, together with advanced level research skills expected of early stage PhD students.

Competency will be developed in a broad range of topics associated with the specialist subject area, combined with competency in research methodology, the development of hypothesis driven research, the approach to the analysis of data and ability to solve problems, appropriate practical skills in the design and execution of suitable experiments, the production of publication quality outputs and the ability to communicate effectively.

The most important ways in which a student will learn are dependent upon the level of the students as they progress through the course. Initially delivery will be more research-informed teaching in lecture and seminar/tutorial and practical class settings leading to more independent research-based learning through lectures and independent study, small class teaching and project team or individual mentoring. Students will progress from the development of research-based practical skills in teaching labs to the design and execution of independent research work.

On completing the programme we want students to know and understand their programme specialist subject from basic principles through to cutting edge research, and to appreciate the process of research and to be able to demonstrate implementation of these principles.

On completing the programme we want students to be able to compete worldwide with other students for high quality research opportunities within appropriate industries or for PhD positions to pursue research careers.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study 80 credits of the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1125Biology Practicals and Data Analysis20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1236Practical Applied Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1303Tutorials for Biology and Genetics10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1
LUBS1015Enterprise in Action10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 30 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS1000Innovation and Creativity in Business10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
LUBS1005Understanding Enterprise Potential10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS1010Understanding Social Enterprises10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
LUBS1170Introduction to Management10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study 100 credits of the following compulsory modules


BLGY2100Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2142Animal Nutrition and Metabolism20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2163How Plants Work10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2045Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2080New Enterprise Planning
Pre-requisite for: LUBS3007
20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 10 credits of the following optional modules:

BIOL2110The Power of Bacterial Genomics10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL2111Genetic Engineering10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2065Managing Innovation in Business10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2070Innovating Social Enterprises10 creditsNot running in 201718
LUBS2075Gender and Entrepreneurship10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates can study up to 10 credits of discovery modules:


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules (80 credits):

BLGY3395Advanced Research Skills and Experience20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3396Research Literature Review20 creditsSemester 1
LUBS3007Enterprise Development Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LUBS3015Advanced Entrepreneurship20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

BLGY3105Applied Animal Science10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3122Social Insect Biology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3205Applied Plant Science10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3252Plant Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3273Animal Nutrition Science20 creditsSemester 2


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY5380MExtended Research Project80 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:


Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL5152MTopics in Plant Science10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL5251MPlant Biotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5276MMedical Diagnostics10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL5296MTreatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY5104MConservation Genetics15 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following optional modules:

LUBS5526MGlobal Perspectives on Enterprise15 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5527MEnterprise and Society15 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 07/08/2017

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