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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MBBS-BIOL/BTUCAS code:C911
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. (Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics OR Science-related subjects: PE, geography, psychology, use of maths and statistics). When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) this can be considered alongside A-levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A-levels, this would be ABB at A-level and grade A in the EPQ (BSc applicants) or AAB and grade A in the EPQ (MBiol applicants).
GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.
- IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component or equivalent English language qualification.

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:

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Guidance
While no QAA Subject Benchmark exists for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, QAA guidance has been published. This programme follows the guidance for Biosciences.

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 (shown below) 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 on a significant piece of biotechnology research.
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 will be able to graduate after 3 years.

Programme specification:

The introduction of the MBiol Biotechnology with Enterprise creates a novel opportunity for students to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a broad range of biological sciences areas which underpin the growing biotechnology industry, combined with an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to bring a new idea to the marketplace. It combines existing modules in biological sciences with a suite of modules, both existing and new, from the Leeds Enterprise Centre, to produce an integrated programme which is distinct from the existing portfolio of programmes offered by the School/Faculty.

The biological sciences elements of the BSc Biotechnology programme are distinct from the Biological Sciences degree programme from Year1 , offering a different combination of modules from those available on any of the four existing biological sciences themes, and appropriate to students with a focus on biotechnology. In Year 3, students will undertake biotechnology-related advanced topic units and a biotechnology-focused group practical project.

Differentiation of the Biotechnology with Enterprise programme from the others at level 5 is through the extended research project (level 5) which comprises two-thirds of the final year. Research topics will be in areas of biotechnology, and hence substantial subject-specific specialisation will be achieved through the project. Additionally, students will undertake further study in Enterprise, through a module chosen from current Enterprise Masters modules.

Collaboration with Leeds Enterprise Centre, part of the prestigious Leeds University Business School, provides a distinctive programme that ensures that students have access to the very best educational experience and support as they embark upon their studies. Students will study modules from the portfolio already offered by Leeds Enterprise Centre.

Programme Aims:
At the end of the programme students should:
- have gained a detailed knowledge of Biological Sciences and its applications in biotechnology;
- have gained a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship and enterprise development activity in relation to economic and societal outcomes, in local and global contexts;
-have an integrated and critical understanding of research principles and methodologies of biotechnology and have received training in a range of practical skills that are of broad relevance to research in biotechnology;
-have received solid training and personal development experience in generic and transferable skills and attitudes necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice.

The MBiol, BSc offers students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of advanced research. The initial three years of the programme follows the existing BSc Biological Sciences programme. The fourth year of the programme is research focused, comprising an 90 credit research project and 20 credits of advanced research training, alongside appropriate Masters level modules in biotechnology and enterprise.



Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL1112The Molecules of Life10 creditsSemester 1
BIOL1303Introductory Skills for Biotechnology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS1890Starting Your Own Business10 creditsSemester 1
MICR1125Introduction to Microbiology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

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

LUBS1001Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS1010Understanding Social Enterprises10 creditsSemester 1
LUBS1170Introduction to Management10 creditsSemester 1

Subset B: Candidates may take up to 10 credits of modules (MICR1202) or choose to take a Discovery module.

MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may undertake 10 credits of Discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL2112Genes and Genomes20 creditsSemester 1
BIOL2303Intermediate Skills for Biotechnology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2045Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2080New Enterprise Planning20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to take a minimum of 10 credits and up to 20 credits of modules from the following Subsets A & B .

Subset A: Candidates are required to study 10 credits of modules.

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2

Subset B: Candidates are required to take 10 credits of modules from subset B below or may choose a Discovery module.

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2211Human Diseases10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2065Managing Innovation in Business10 creditsSemester 2
LUBS2150People in Organisations10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may take a Discovery module in place of a module from Subset B.


Year3 - View timetable

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

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 2
BIOL3399Extended Research Project Preparation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
LUBS3013Enterprise Consultancy20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

A Biotechnology pathway of selected Advanced Topics will be followed by students undertaking this programme. Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules.

BIOL3210Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 220 creditsSemester 1
BIOL3211Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 320 creditsSemester 2


Year4 - View timetable

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

Where students select a total of 125 credits, the year average will be calculated over 125 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL5382MExtended Research Project90 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOL5383MSpecialised Research Topics and Skills for Biotechnology15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to select a 15 credit LUBS module.

LUBS5526MGlobal Perspectives on Enterprise15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
LUBS5531MCritical Entrepreneurship Studies15 credits1 Jan to 31 May

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