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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Human Physiology (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-HMPSIOUCAS code:B129
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jonathan Lippiat Contact address:j.d.lippiat@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA
- 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.
- 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
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 they will be able to graduate after 3 years.

Programme specification:

Distinctiveness on of the Human Physiology programme from the other programmes in the Biomedical Sciences area is brought about by the a combination of the unique modules to this programme and the subject specific physiology focus studied in several of the other modules. There are 20 credits at level 2 (BMSC2228 Experimental Skills in Physiology and BMSC2232 Topics in Physiology), and 40 credits at level 3 (BMSC3145 Advanced Topics in Physiology I and BMSC3235 Advanced Topics in Physiology II) that are unique to the Human Physiology programme. In addition students doing Human Physiology will undertake a research project with a physiology focus (BMSC3399 Research Project preparation – 20 credits and BMSC5380 Extended Research Project – 80 credits) and focus on physiology research seminars and topics in BMSC5101 Advanced Research Topics – 20 credits.
The MBiol, BSc Human Physiology 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 Human Physiology 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 Human Physiology 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 Human Physiology programme are appreciation of the fundamental underpinning principles of how we collect, analyse and report data to generate new knowledge in 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 the specialist subject area, 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 Human Physiology 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 Human Physiology 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:

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 Physiology
Pre-requisite for: SPSC2221, SPSC2222
20 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 are 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
BMSC3398Practical Research Skills20 creditsSemester 2
BMSC3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 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


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BMSC5301MAdvanced Research Topics30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BMSC5382MExtended Research Project90 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Last updated: 17/05/2019

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