Studying Biology, MBiol at the University of Leeds allows you to shape your degree to suit your interests. You’ll gain a broad understanding of molecular, cellular, organismal and population biology, as well as having the chance to specialise through a wide range of optional modules.


Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biology is central to life of Earth and impacts on everything from global warming and climate change, to the challenges associated with a growing world population and its impact on the environment, food security, medicine, health, disease and an ageing population. It’s a fascinating subject that answers key questions such as how life first began, and offers developments and solutions to major social and ethical challenges such as threats to human populations, conservation and habitats.

You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of genetics, immunology, microbiology and other key disciplines, while you could also choose to explore areas such as plant growth, conservation biology, population genetics, bioinformatics and many more.

The Biology, MBiol at the University of Leeds offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll be introduced to advanced topics such as Host-Parasite Interactions and Infection Diseases. You’ll also undertake an extended research project.

Course highlights:
  • Field courses options including Marine Zoology in Pembrokeshire, Mediterranean Ecology in Spain and African Ecology in South Africa.
  • Access to visit and conduct research on the University pig farm
  • Practical work extensive hands-on experience in with practical labs and fieldwork. Practical modules include Practical Genetics, Parasitology and Field Course options.


As well as providing you with subject-specific knowledge, we aim to equip you with the best possible skills for a variety of future careers. All of our degrees have a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving.

Throughout the degree, you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Supported by the Leeds for Life scheme and your academic and personal tutor, you’ll be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your time at university.

Our graduates have, for many years, experienced high employment rates and a high proportion quickly gain employment upon graduation. With the expansion of the biosciences comes the generation of new and varied career opportunities.

Our biology students graduate into many different careers, including the pharmaceutical industry, agribusiness, conservation, environmental consultancy and education. Many graduates go on to specialise through further study such as a Masters or PhD.

Recent graduates can be found working as for example:

  • Research Bioscientist
  • Wildlife Film Maker
  • Biocontamination Technician
  • Senior Species Ecologist
  • Senior Plant Health and Seeds Inspector
  • Policy Adviser: International
  • Biodiversity
  • Epidemiologist.


The MBiol and BSc with Industrial Placement Year courses have been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society for Biology.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
  • Living Planet
  • Applied Biology and Agriculture
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Practical Genetics
  • Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course
  • Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
  • The Basis of Life

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements


  • A-level: AAA - AAB
  • Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
  • We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.


  • A-level: AAA
  • Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded
  • We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.
  • Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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