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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Pharmacology (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-PHARUCAS code:B219
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Dan Donnelly Contact address:d.donnelly@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 Pharmacology programme from the other programmes in the Biomedical Sciences area is brought about by the combination of the unique modules to this programme and the subject specific pharmacology focus studied in several of the other modules. There are 20 credits at level 2 (BMSC2226 Experimental Skills in Pharmacology and BMSC2230 Topics in Pharmacology), and 40 credits at level 3 (BMSC3143 Advanced Topics in Pharmacology I and BMSC3233 Advanced Topics in Pharmacology II) that are unique to the Pharmacology programme. In addition students doing Pharmacology will undertake a research project with a Pharmacology focus (BMSC3399 Research Project preparation – 20 credits and BMSC5382M Extended Research Project – 90 credits) and focus on Pharmacology Advanced Research Topics – 30 credits.

The MBiol, BSc Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology, 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 Pharmacology 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 Pharmacology 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 Physiology20 creditsSemester 1
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 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
BMSC1215Life in the Extreme: Ultra Human Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 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
BMSC2124Neurotransmitters and Disease10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2125Molecular Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2223Neuropharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2226Experimental Skills in Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2230Topics in Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students will normally be required to take a minimum of 10 credits from the following modules

BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2225Physiology of Absorption and Excretion10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2235Molecular Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 2

If 10 credits are still required, students may take a Discovery module OR one of the following modules

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2

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:

BMSC3140Advanced Scientific Skills20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3233Advanced Topics in Pharmacology II20 creditsSemester 2
BMSC3398Practical Research Skills20 creditsSemester 2
BMSC3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from one of the following optional modules:

BMSC3126Integrative Biomedical Sciences20 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3143Advanced Topics in Pharmacology I20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits following modules:

BMSC3101Inherited Disorders10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 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: 25/04/2019

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