Studying the Biology programme at the University of Leeds will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of genetics, immunology, microbiology and other key disciplines as well as giving you the flexibility and choice to explore areas such as plant growth, conservation biology, population genetics, bioinformatics and many more.
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The Biology programme 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.

Biology 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.

New technologies, including genomics in medicine, gene modification and biotechnology and digital sensing are transforming the world around us and the way we live. You will be equipped to understand and push forward these new developments, with the skills and knowledge of the fundamental biological processes required to make the future advances.

Career opportunities

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.

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 programme is accredited by The Royal Society of Biology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      • MBiol: 4 Years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits

    480 - MBiol

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
  • Living Planet
  • Applied Biology and Agriculture
  • Genetics
  • Practical Genetics
  • Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course
  • Research and Study Skills Level 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • BSc: A-level: AAA - AAB; MBiol: 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.
  • 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: GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

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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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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