University of Leeds, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Introduction

The University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences is one of the leading life sciences faculties in the UK, attracting outstanding Masters students from around the world.

Research excellence underpins our training and interdisciplinarity is very important; students benefit from interactions not only within the UK, but with academic communities around the globe. Ours is an extremely vibrant and dynamic environment, with supervision and teaching by top researchers, many world-class experts, who bring the latest cutting-edge research to students learning.

Our position amongst the UK elite for bioscience research was confirmed in the results of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) where we were ranked as 6th in the country for research impact, with 80% of research activity rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our Vision

To achieve excellence in education and research, and to secure a position in the top 10 life sciences faculties in the UK for both research and student experience.

To pursue our vision, we have identified the following priorities:

  • Fostering future research activity aligned with the 'grand challenge' areas of translational biomedicine and sustainability in order to achieve international excellence in research
  • Embedding a world-class student education experience which emphasises research-led teaching and employability.

We take pride in our teaching and we are committed to providing students with the very best student experience through research-led teaching and excellent academic support. We consistently perform well in the National Student Survey and our commitment to student education has been recognised through external awards to students through schemes such as Science Engineering and Technology (SET) awards and to staff in National Lecturer awards.

Significant investments in our infrastructure contribute to our dynamic and vibrant research environment offering excellent opportunities for leading edge research focused around key areas. These include agriculture, animal and plant sciences, ecology and evolution, membrane biology, cardiovascular research, sports and exercise science, structural molecular biology, immunology, virology, microbiology, neurosciences and tissue engineering.

RAE 2008 feedback noted that "virtually all outputs were assessed as being recognized internationally, with many (60%) being internationally excellent or world-leading" in quality.

Our research grant portfolio is derived from a range of sources including charities, research councils, the European Union and industry.

We bring together people from government, business, healthcare and academic to deliver benefits to wider society; this has helped to generate over 20 successful spin-off commercial companies.

Why choose to study bioscience at Leeds?

The courses offer:

  • exciting contemporary topics in the areas of human disease, bioinformatics, biotechnology and plant science
  • teaching delivered by top researchers, many world-class experts, who bring the latest cutting-edge research to their teaching and therefore, to your learning
  • excellent career development opportunities with graduates moving into a wide range of exciting and challenging careers
  • training in generic research skills such as scientific writing, graphics and data presentation, bioethics, bioenterprise and intellectual property rights
  • opportunities to work on cutting-edge topics with leading researchers during your research project
  • the opportunity to combine theoretical disciplines with ‘hands-on’ practical laboratory skills
  • access to first-class teaching and research facilities
  • the chance to study in a Faculty ranked 4th in the UK for research in biological sciences by the leading scientific journal ‘Nature’ based on the numbers of staff producing research that was “world leading" or "internationally excellent"
  • access to international speakers from around the world through attendance at Faculty research seminar programmes
  • opportunities to benefit from our strong employer connections supported by our employer engagement officer, including regular speakers from industry, government and scientific organisations.
  • a flexible approach to suit individual needs
  • outstanding personal development opportunities including our distinctive Leeds for Life scheme
  • excellent preparation for a research degree
  • membership of one the main centres for postgraduate teaching in the country, with around 7,800 postgraduate students from all over the UK and another 100 countries
  • all the facilities and lifestyle opportunities of a major international university
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MSc Bioscience

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds

Our broad-based MSc Bioscience course provides excellent training for students who wish to develop a broad scientific base from which to build their future careers. This degree allows you to select modules from a range of taught modules including ones associated with the different specialist options offered. This means you can study those modules that interest you the most and match your career aspirations. [+]

Course Structure Our broad-based MSc Bioscience course provides excellent training for students who wish to develop a broad scientific base from which to build their future careers. This degree allows you to select modules from a range of taught modules including ones associated with the different specialist options offered. This means you can study those modules that interest you the most and match your career aspirations. This programme consists of core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting-edge of a modern bioscience sector, including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning contemporary bioscience, and an extended practical project providing hands-on practical experience in molecular biology techniques. Added to this is an independent research project in an area related to your course options. Specialist taught modules make up the remaining part of the programme and students may select from a broad range of modules (listed below). The course is full-time and lasts 12 months with teaching activities broken into 3 parts: September-December (taught modules including a protein engineering laboratory project) January-March (taught modules and research project proposal) April-September (independent laboratory-based research project) Is the course mainly practical or theoretical? The course combines theoretical modules with practical skills training. 100 credits out of the total 180 credits that you study will be practical based modules and therefore the programme will provide you with substantial training in practical methods and technologies currently being used to advance the biological sciences. This is through a 15 credit laboratory-based mini-project and an 85 credit laboratory-based independent research project on a cutting edge topic related to your course options. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop scientists who are able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability. Bioscience Careers The strong research element combined with the specialist and generic skills training of the postgraduate Bioscience degrees equips our graduates for a wide range of careers and is internationally recognised. A substantial proportion of our graduates undertake PhDs either at Leeds or elsewhere, whilst others enter employment in diverse posts ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research. Examples of posts held by recent MSc Bioscience graduates include: PhD positions in the UK, USA and overseas e.g. at the Max Planck Institute, Germany Research post at Harvard School of Public Health, Botswana Trainee Cytogeneticist, UK Commissioning Editor/Scientific Publishing, UK Research Fellow, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India Clinical Researcher, Kent and Medway Cancer Network and NHS Trust, UK Research Technician, University of Warwickshire/University of Oxford, UK Graduate Medical Degree, UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education, UK Trainee Embryologist, UK Research Assistant, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Sypol, Health and Safety Services, UK Research Executive, Adelphi International Research, UK Biopharmaceutical Experimental Officer, Covance, UK Entry Requirements Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language requirements. [-]

MSc Biotechnology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds

Our MSc Biotechnology is interdisciplinary and utilises modules from the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience. The programme integrates biological sciences with biochemical engineering to provide training for the modern biotechnology industry. [+]

Biotechnology is a fast-moving sector that requires highly trained individuals who are able to work innovatively across disciplines of biological sciences, engineering and chemistry. Our MSc Biotechnology is interdisciplinary and utilises modules from the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience. The programme integrates biological sciences with biochemical engineering to provide training for the modern biotechnology industry. In particular, it focuses on the applications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. The course begins with the technology underpinning the manufacture of pharmaceutical proteins, the structure of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and the way drugs interact with the body. Combined with this is a module on molecular Diagnostics, Drug Delivery and Therapies covering; biosensor design, molecular diagnostic approaches and next-generation pharmaceuticals and therapies. Students then move on to study either one or two areas from the following three topic areas: Tissue engineering with a focus on the 'functional' engineering of connective tissues,cardiac valves and epithelia Human toxicology with the opportunity to study either environmental toxicology, or toxicological methods, including the use of computers to predict chemical biotransformation and toxicity Plant biotechnology including topics such as engineering of plants for the production of novel products, and development of stress tolerant crop varieties This programme is suitable for students wishing to enter employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as those wishing to progress to a higher research degree (PhD). Course Structure The MSc Biotechnology specialism consists of core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting-edge of a modern biotechnology sector, including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning contemporary biotechnology, and an extended practical project providing hands on practical experience in recombinant DNA techniques. Added to this is an independent research project in an area of biotechnology through which students receive substantial subject-specific training. Specialist biotechnology taught modules make up the remaining part of the programme. The programme is full-time and lasts 12 months, with teaching activities broken down into three parts: September-December (taught modules including a protein engineering laboratory project) January-March (taught modules and research project proposal) April-September (independent laboratory-based research project) Excellent career prospects The strong research element combined with the specialist and generic skills training of the postgraduate Bioscience degrees equips our graduates for a wide range of careers and is internationally recognised. A substantial proportion of our graduates undertake PhDs either at Leeds or elsewhere, whilst others enter employment in diverse posts ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research. Examples of posts held by recent MSc Bioscience graduates include: PhD positions in the UK, USA and overseas e.g. at the Max Planck Institute, Germany Research post at Harvard School of Public Health, Botswana Trainee Cytogeneticist, UK Commissioning Editor/Scientific Publishing, UK Research Fellow, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India Clinical Researcher, Kent and Medway Cancer Network and NHS Trust, UK Research Technician, University of Warwickshire/University of Oxford, UK Graduate Medical Degree, UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education, UK Trainee Embryologist, UK Research Assistant, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Sypol, Health and Safety Services, UK Research Executive, Adelphi International Research, UK Biopharmaceutical Experimental Officer, Covance, UK Entry Requirements Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account . Chemistry to at least A level standard or equivalent is also required. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language requirements. [-]

MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Leeds

Our MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology degree provides training in modern molecular aspects of plant science and is suitable either for those who have done a more organism-based plant biology undergraduate degree or those from a non-plant biosciences background who wish to acquire knowledge and expertise in this area. Teaching is delivered by research active academics from the University of Leeds' Centre for Plant Sciences and is often aligned with their areas of expertise. [+]

In the last 10-15 years the study of plant sciences has been revolutionised by the development of new tools and technologies which have allowed unprecedented progress in the study of plant biology. These include genomics technologies that are giving access to the secrets of plant genomes, new techniques for studying the regulation of genes and the activity and localisation of proteins. The adoption by the international plant science community of model species such as Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) and rice has led to a massive expansion in our understanding of plant development and how plants interact with and respond to the environment. This knowledge is increasingly being applied to a diverse range of crop and medicinal plants where it can contribute to development of sustainable solutions to the production of food, raw materials, novel chemicals and fuel. Our MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology degree provides training in modern molecular aspects of plant science and is suitable either for those who have done a more organism-based plant biology undergraduate degree or those from a non-plant biosciences background who wish to acquire knowledge and expertise in this area. Teaching is delivered by research active academics from the University of Leeds' Centre for Plant Sciences and is often aligned with their areas of expertise. Graduates have many potential career paths open to them, ranging from academic or industry based research, through work in the area of science policy and government, teaching or working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Course Structure The MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology programme consists of core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting-edge of a modern plant science and biotechnology sector, including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning contemporary bioscience, and an extended practical project providing hands on practical experience in molecular biology techniques. Added to this is an independent research project in an area of plant science and biotechnology which provide substantial subject-specific training. Specialist plant science and biotechnology taught modules make up the rest of the programme. The programme is full-time and lasts 12 months, with teaching activities broken down into three parts: September-December (taught modules including a protein engineering laboratory project) January-March (taught modules and research project proposal) April-September (independent laboratory-based research project) Excellent career prospects The strong research element combined with the specialist and generic skills training of the postgraduate Bioscience degrees equips our graduates for a wide range of careers and is internationally recognised. A substantial proportion of our graduates undertake PhDs either at Leeds or elsewhere, whilst others enter employment in diverse posts ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research. Examples of posts held by recent MSc Bioscience graduates include: PhD positions in the UK, USA and overseas e.g. at the Max Planck Institute, Germany Research post at Harvard School of Public Health, Botswana Trainee Cytogeneticist, UK Commissioning Editor/Scientific Publishing, UK Research Fellow, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India Clinical Researcher, Kent and Medway Cancer Network and NHS Trust, UK Research Technician, University of Warwickshire/University of Oxford, UK Graduate Medical Degree, UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education, UK Trainee Embryologist, UK Research Assistant, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Sypol, Health and Safety Services, UK Research Executive, Adelphi International Research, UK Biopharmaceutical Experimental Officer, Covance, UK Entry Requirements Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language requirements. [-]