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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Biochemistry (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-BIOCUCAS code:C709
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Anastasia Zhuravleva Contact address:A.Zhuravleva@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- A Level: AAA
- Including Chemistry and another science subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. S
- 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: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

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

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The three year BSc programmes upon which the Integrated Masters are built meet the QAA Benchmarks and meet the QAA expectations for integrated masters programmes.

There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees in Bioscience, 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 including:

Research training
Project-specific experimental skills
Accessing literature
Planning, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects
Making oral presentations, writing reports, including critical evaluation
Participating in colloquia

Research project
Implementation of planned experiments
Recording of data and their critical analysis
Dissertation
Outcome potentially publishable

Advanced studies
In area of specialism to support research topic
Complementary studies outside, but cognate to, area of specialism

Problem solving
Development of general strategies including the identification of additional information required and problems where there is not a unique solution
Application of advances studies to the solutions of problems

Professional studies
Ethics and societal responsibilities
Environmental impact
Sustainability

The proportion of each activity will vary depending upon the programme’s learning objectives. However, research studies (training and project) are likely to form at least one-half of the master’s level study.

It is important to note that for students who may elect not to complete the fourth year of the programme, or who are advised that their performance makes it unlikely that they would be successful in completing the programme will have met the QAA benchmarks for the BSc and so will be able to graduate after 3 years.

Programme specification:

The MBiol, BSc offers students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of advanced research. The initial two years of the programme follows the existing BSc Biochemistry programme. The year 3 will be similar to that for students enrolled on the 3 year BSc programme but integrated with year 4 with students undertaking a research project comprising of a 20 credit research project and 20 credit research literature project at level 3. The fourth year of the programme is research focused, comprising an 90 credit research project and 30 credits of research topics and skills training. There is a strong emphasis on independent learning, problem solving and data analysis, taught in the context of the subject. The extended individual project allows students to develop their research skills in greater depth and produce a report containing material of publishable quality that could contribute to a research publication.
The programme aims to provide an understanding of the structure and function of living things at a molecular level. It covers both fundamental and applied topics and applies the molecular approaches of chemistry to the vast variety of biological systems in a practical way. It is one of two biochemistry programmes offered by the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, the second being Medical Biochemistry. Both degrees share a common first year with specialisation as the course progresses with students studying defined modules and/or defined Advanced Topic Units aligned to their programme. Further specialisation is achieved through the research projects completed at levels 3 and 5 (year 4). These include the 20 credit research project, the 20 credit literature review project and the 90 credit final year project: the content being specific to their programme of study. The research project and the biochemistry specialist taught modules covered during the different levels of study, will collectively develop both breadth and depth of knowledge in Biochemistry together with an exceptional experience of research delivered through and integrated research project.
This programme is distinctive because it develops an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in Biochemistry together with an exceptional experience of advanced research delivered through an integrated research project.

The most important values which inform the MBiol, BSc Biochemistry 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 the MBiol, BSc Biochemistry 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 MBiol, BSc Biochemistry 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 Biochemistry 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 Biochemistry 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 abili ty 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 MBiol, BSc Biochemistry 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 MBiol, BSc Biochemistry 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.


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:

BIOC1301Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

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

BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may select upto 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:

BIOC2301Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC2302Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC2303Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students must select a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 20 credits of optional modules.

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates who wish to study a modern foreign language can do so by arrangement with the programme leader

Discovery modules:

Students may select up to 10 credits of 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 modules:

BIOC3111Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I20 creditsSemester 1
BIOC3221Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 220 creditsSemester 2
BIOC3231Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 320 creditsSemester 2
BIOC3303Advanced Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL3398Research Tools and Applications20 creditsSemester 1
BIOL3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - 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:

BIOL5382MExtended Research Project90 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5394MSpecialised Research Topics and Skills30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Last updated: 21/06/2019

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