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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Human Physiology

Programme code:BS-HMPSIOUCAS code:B120
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jonathan Lippiat Contact address:j.d.lippiat@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA - AAB
- Including 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.

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

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School: Biomedical Sciences

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences Benchmark

Programme specification:

1. Provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of physiology, from molecules & cells to systems in the first two years, with a more detailed appreciation of some specialist areas at Level 3 through research-led teaching, reflecting the research expertise within the School.
2. Provide students with knowledge of current techniques and methodologies appropriate to physiology, with hands on practical experience of some of these.
3. Require students to undertake a project in their final year. This may take the form of either a laboratory based research project or a hypothesis-driven non laboratory-based project in a subject area of relevance to physiology.
4. Give students the opportunity between years two and three to take a year of study abroad or undertake an industrial placement.

5. 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.

6. Equip students with the necessary transferable skills for further academic study in areas related to physiology or to pursue a career in a variety of occupations.
7. Manage student progress effectively and provide appropriate support and guidance by providing academic and pastoral tutorials.
8. 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:

BMSC1103Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1213Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 220 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1214Human Endocrinology10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS1125Introduction to Physiology20 creditsSemester 1
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of optional modules

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1215Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC1218Introduction to Biomechanics10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 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:

BMSC2117Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2119Experimental Skills10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2120Scientific Skills10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2225Physiology of Absorption and Excretion10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2228Experimental Skills in Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2232Topics in Physiology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take either BMSC2118 or BMSC2123. Candidates who select BMSC2123, may select BMSC2125 as an optional module.

BMSC2118Neurobiology20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2121Cognitive Neuroscience: The process underlying cognition10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2125Molecular Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2223Neuropharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2235Molecular Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC2221Exercise Physiology in Special Populations10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC2222Exercise at the Limits: Physiology in Challenging Environments10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates can only take BMSC2125 if they take BMSC2123. Candidates may not take both BMSC2121 and BMSC2125.
Candidates can only take either SPSC2221 or BMSC2235, these modules cannot be taken together.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules with the approval of the Programme Leader.


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 modules:

BMSC3140Advanced Scientific Skills20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3235Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II20 creditsSemester 2
BMSC3301Research Project in Biomedical Sciences40 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

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

BMSC3101Inherited Disorders10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3126Integrative Biomedical Sciences20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3145Advanced Topics in Human Physiology I20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3149Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules with the approval of the Programme Leader.

Last updated: 17/05/2019

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