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You will develop a broad knowledge base in biological sciences, with opportunities to specialise in areas that interest you, and learn from world-leading researchers in the field.

You will be able to make an impact with this degree as biological scientists are working to tackle many of the major global challenges such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ageing, antibiotic resistance and sustainable food production.

As new techniques for studying and manipulating molecules and cells (eg cryo-electron microscopy and gene editing) are rapidly increasing our understanding of living organisms, this is a very exciting time to study an undergraduate degree in biological sciences. 

If you aim to become a research scientist, Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds offers an additional year of specialist training to equip you for a PhD, or employment in this field. 

Career opportunities

Throughout the degree, you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. 

Supported by the faculty student opportunity team, 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.

Typical graduate careers include:

  • Academic research
  • Research bioscientist
  • Postgraduate study
  • Graduate medicine/dentistry
  • Science communication
  • Teaching


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

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Skills for Biological Sciences
  • Genetics
  • A Short Introduction to Systems Physiology
  • The Basis of Life
  • Microbiology
  • The Microbial World

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 another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
  • We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology, and computing.
  • 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.

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Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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