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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Medical Sciences

Programme code:BS-MED-SCIUCAS code:B100
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Michael Harrison Contact address:m.a.harrison@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:

The programme will:

1. Provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of biomedical science, from cellular to systems in the first two years, 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 School.

2. Provide students with knowledge of current biomedical science techniques and methodologies, 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 literature review of a specific area of biomedical science.

4. Give students the opportunity to 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 and/or a career in Medical Sciences or those that may reasonably be required of a graduate employee.

7. Manage student progress effectively and provide appropriate support and guidance.

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
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2


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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from one of the following modules:

BMSC2230Topics in Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2231Topics in Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2232Topics in Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2233Topics in Medical Sciences10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

BMSC2226Experimental Skills in Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2227Experimental Skills in Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2228Experimental Skills in Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2229Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences10 creditsSemester 2

The Experimental Skills module MUST be in the same subject as the 'Topics' module

Candidates must take either BMSC2118 or BMSC2123. Candidates who take BMSC2123 may also take either BMSC2121 or BMSC2125.

BMSC2118Neurobiology20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2125Molecular Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to take a minimum of 20 credits and a max of 40 credits from the list below:

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
BMSC2121Cognitive Neuroscience: The process underlying cognition10 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
FOOD2165Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC2221Exercise Physiology in Special Populations10 creditsSemester 2

Students opting to take BMSC2231 and BMSC2227 will NOT be able to take the FOOD2165 module.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules as agreed by 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:

BMSC3101Inherited Disorders10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3140Advanced Scientific Skills20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3301Research Project in Biomedical Sciences40 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 30 credits from the following modules:

BIOL3215Cancer Biology20 creditsSemester 2
BMSC3126Integrative Biomedical Sciences20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3146Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences I20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3149Drug Development: Pre-Clinical to Practice10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3236Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences II20 creditsSemester 2
HPSC3315History of the Body20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study one discovery module (up to 20 credits) with the approval of the Programme Leader.

Last updated: 21/06/2019

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