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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-BIOS/BLUCAS code:C719
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 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.
- 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.

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 Biological Sciences programme is distinctive because it develops an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in the programme area together with an exceptional experience of advanced research delivered through an integrated research project.
The most important values which inform the MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences 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 Biological Sciences 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 Biological Sciences 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 biological sciences and the associated theme specifically, 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 MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences 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.


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


Theme 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE
Candidates must select the following compulsory modules:

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 the following compulsory 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 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:

Students may select a Discovery module instead of one of the optional 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:

BIOL3305Advanced Skills in the Biosciences20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL3398Research Tools and Applications20 creditsSemester 1
BIOL3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

THEME 1: INFECTION AND DISEASE and THEME2: 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 & THEME 3: GENOME BIOLOGY AND DISEASE
Students must take the following compulsory 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 comulsory 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 may 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 compulsory 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:


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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