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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Biological Sciences

Programme code:BS-BIOS/BLSUCAS code:C701
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Susan Whittle Contact address:S.R.Whittle@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA - AAB
- Including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.
- 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.

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

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences Benchmark

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should:
- have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of bioscience, addressing consistency and diversity in biological systems in the first two levels of study, with a more detailed appreciation of some specialist areas at Level 3;
- have an understanding of enterprise in Biological sciences;
- have knowledge of current bioscience techniques and methodologies, with hands on practical experience of some of these;
- have the necessary transferable skills for further academic study and/or a career in the Biosciences or those that may reasonably be required of a graduate employee.


The programme will:
1. provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of bioscience, addressing consistency and diversity in biological systems in the first two levels of study, with a more detailed appreciation of some specialist areas at Level 3. The latter will be research-led teaching, with the specific areas being determined by the current research expertise within the Faculty;
2. provide students with knowledge of current bioscience techniques and methodologies, with hands on practical experience of some of these;
3. provide students with e-delivered booster classes to address weakness in certain subject areas using distance-learning technology;
4. require students to undertake a project at level 3. Laboratory-, computing- and literature-based projects are available each year, featuring a wide variety of bioscience topics and exploiting the research expertise of staff and the research facilities of the Faculty;
5. give students the opportunity to study abroad or undertake an industrial placement;
6. ensure that, on graduation, students are able to: analyse, interpret and evaluate data; acquire and integrate information, and use information to solve problems; communicate effectively through a variety of media;
7. equip students with the necessary transferable skills for further academic study and/or a career in the Biosciences or those that may reasonably be required of a graduate employee;
8. manage student progress effectively and provide appropriate support and guidance;
9. provide high quality learning resources to support the objectives of the programme.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL1302Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS1126A Short Introduction to Systems Physiology10 creditsSemester 1
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1
MICR1125Introduction to Microbiology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may select 10 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
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1214Human Endocrinology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL2112Genes and Genomes20 creditsSemester 1
BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2301Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MICR2120Cell Biology of Disease10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates must select 30 additional credits of modules by following one of the themes listed below:
Candidates must select all the modules marked as compulsory for their chosen theme.

THEME 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE
Candidates must select 20 credits from the following compulsory modules:
a) Either BLGY2137 or MICR2121; b) MICR2221 is compulsory

BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2121Molecular Virology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

THEME 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE
Candidates will be required to select 10 credits from the following options:

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2

Students may select a Discovery module instead of one of the options above, normally in Semester 2.

THEME 2: MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Candidates must select at least two of the following modules:

BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2

Students may select a Discovery module instead of one of the options above, in either Semester 1 or 2.

THEME 3: GENOME BIOLOGY AND DISEASE:
Candidates must select the following compulsory modules.

BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2

THEME 3: GENOME BIOLOGY AND DISEASE:
Candidates will be required to select a minimum of 10 credits from the following options.

BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2121Molecular Virology10 creditsSemester 1

Students may select a Discovery module instead of one of the options above, in Semester 1.

THEME 4: PLANTS AND AGRICULTURE:
Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 credits from the following modules.
BLGY2163 is a compulsory module.

BLGY2163How Plants Work10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2

Students may take a Discovery module in place of either BLGY2225 or BLGY2253.

THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY:
Candidates will be required to select the following compulsory modules.

BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2

THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY
Candidates will be required to select a minimum of 10 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Students may select a Discovery module instead of one of the options above, normally in Semester 2.

Candidates must seek advice from the programme manager in order to select a coherent programme of modules which satisfies the pre-requisites for their chosen level 3 specialisms.

Candidates who wish to study a modern foreign language module as part of their degree programme should discuss this with the programme leader.

Discovery modules:


Year3 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

BIOL3305Advanced Skills in the Biosciences20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL3306Biological Sciences Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

THEME 4: PLANTS AND AGRICULTURE and THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY
Students on the above themes may opt to take BLGY3345 Biology Integrated Research Projects instead of BIOL3306 Biological Sciences Research Project.

BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

THEME 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE and THEME 2: MOLECULAR MEDICINE
Students must select all of the following compulsory modules:

BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 120 creditsSemester 1
BIOL3210Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 220 creditsSemester 2

THEME 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE, THEME 2: MOLECULAR MEDICINE and THEME 3: GENOME BIOLOGY AND DISEASE.
Students must select one of the following modules.

BIOL3211Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 320 creditsSemester 2
BIOL3215Cancer Biology20 creditsSemester 2

THEME 3: GENOME BIOLOGY AND DISEASE
Students must take the following compulsory modules.

BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
MEDM3221Reproductive Medical Science20 credits 

THEME 4: PLANTS AND AGRICULTURE
Students must select all of the following modules.

BLGY3173Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3205Applied Plant Science10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3252Plant Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2

THEME 4: PLANTS AND AGRICULTURE
Students must select one of the following two optional modules.

BIOL3210Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 220 creditsSemester 2
BIOL3211Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 320 creditsSemester 2

THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY
Students must select both of the following two modules.

BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3291Comparative Genomics10 creditsSemester 2

THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY
Students must select one of the following two modules.

BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 120 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1

THEME 5: MOLECULAR ZOOLOGY
Students must select one of the following two modules:

BIOL3210Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 220 creditsSemester 2
BIOL3211Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 320 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Last updated: 11/06/2019

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