Biology is the study of life and living organisms and covers the key areas of molecular biology, cellular biology, organismal biology and population biology. It is a fascinating subject that answers fundamental questions such as how did life first begin? The Biology programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


Why study Biology?
By studying Biology, you are choosing to study a subject that offers solutions and developments to social and ethical challenges. It is possibly the most actively changing and developing subject in the sciences, and has offered an advanced understanding of threats to human populations such as AIDS, as well as threats to conservation and habitats. The Biology programme is offered by the University of Leeds.
Course highlights
  • Biology is a wide-ranging subject that Leeds is well equipped to deliver through one of the UK’s largest and most diverse biology teaching groups.
  • The degree is popular - for some it’s the breadth of the subject that appeals, for others it’s a path to specialisation.
  • The common first year provides you with a broad foundation as a scientist, flexibility, and the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area in Years 2, 3 and 4.
  • In each year you will choose modules from our specialist degrees across the biology area (Biology with Enterprise, Genetics, Ecology and Environmental Biology, and Zoology), allowing you to follow your own biological interests.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course Overview

Our Biology degree starts broadly and then introduces more choice in years two, three and four, giving you the freedom to specialise or maintain breadth in your studies depending on your interests. We offer a range of topics from Diversity of Life to Organismal Evolution, and Animal Physiology. A highlight for many students are the field courses we offer throughout the degree.

BSc Year one

In year one, the research ethos is developed and fostered from the start via practicals and tutorials. The modules reflect the complexity of life forms from molecules, through organisms (both plants and animals) to populations. There is a residential field course in North Yorkshire to study coastal and uplands habitats.

BSc Year two

In year two you will build on your skills and knowledge from first year, with the option of taking modules from other disciplines, including genetics and zoology. There is also an optional Yorkshire Dales field course in terrestrial ecology and behaviour.

BSc Year three

In Year 3 you will study topics at the cutting edge of biological discovery, in areas such as epigenetics, behavioural ecology and conservation biology. You will undertake your own independent research, literature or computer based project. There is also a popular optional South African Ecology field course.

MBiol year three and four

Year 3 of the MBiol offers grounding for the step to masters level with compulsory preparation modules, an individual research project and a literature review project.

Year 4 will offers an optional field course to Africa. The African field course is based at Mpala Research Centre, Laikipia, Kenya. It provides a first-hand appreciation of the ecology and conservation concerns of an African savannah community, both for the wildlife and the people who live in the area.

In year 4 you will study a range of Masters level modules such as Host-Parasite Interactions and Infectious Diseases, as well as undertaking an extended research project that will provide you with more advanced research skills, ideal for numerous careers in industry and research.

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MBiol.

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

Entry requirements
  • A Level or Advanced Higher: AAA from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB including an A in higher level Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
  • Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology plus one other science or science-related subject.
  • GCSE: Typically Grade B Maths and Grade C English.
  • Applications are assessed from a combination of the following; the balance, nature and quality of A2, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalents); the referee's comments and your personal statement.

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.


We offer a number of scholarship opportunities to support and reward undergraduates who have the potential to be an outstanding student.


Dean's Excellence Scholarship

This is an automatic scholarship awarded to the highest achieving applicants.


Dean's Excellence Scholarship

Head of School Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is available to International students that meet the requirements of their offer and are able to demonstrate an interest for their chosen subject.

International Undergraduate Science and Engineering Scholarship.

This scholarship is for any international applicant who has been offered a place on any of the undergraduate degree courses within the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

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.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.