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  • Foreign: $ 17.5k / Year
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    Medical Sciences offers a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, and is ideal for people with a broad interest in the science of human beings, from the level of molecules and cells to individuals.

    Why Study Medical Sciences?

    This course is ideal for those who can see themselves in a career related to healthcare, medical research, or even management of health organisations.

    As well as offering the chance to apply for postgraduate medical or dental qualifications, you will also leave with a very strong portfolio of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.


    Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skill, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts in the field.

    Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

    • Year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour practical session in the lab, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
    • Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, four hours in the lab either on a single practical or ongoing project, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study time.
    • In year three you will have around eight lectures per week and tutorial and seminar sessions (Semester One). Your research project will take around three days per week (Semester Two), you will also attend three to six lectures per week, plus private study time.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Apply as soon as possible, and no later than 15 January 2015 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 17500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Our medical sciences degree offers a very flexible programme in which you can tailor your degree to your interests. Our facilities, including an environmental suite and a dissection room, allow our students to truly explore the way the human body functions both normally and in extreme conditions.

    BSc Year 1


    • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
    • Basic Laboratory & Scientific Skills


    • Biology of the Mind
    • Introduction to Pharmacology
    • Human Endocrinology
    • Basic Laboratory & Scientific Skills 2
    • Medical Microbiology


    • Medical Microbiology
    Total Credits: 120BSc Year 2
    • Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Pharmacology
    • Neurobiology
    • Physiology of Absorption & Excretion
    • A choice of skills and topics modules and options.


    • Exercise Biochemistry
    • Signalling In and Between Cells
    • Human Diseases
    • Introduction to Bioinformatics
    • Human Genetics Medical Bacteriology
    • Medical Immunology
    • Medical Virology
    • Biomedical Nanotechnology
    Total Credits: 120BSc Year 3
    • Advanced Scientific Skills
    • Inherited Disorders
    • Research laboratory or literature project
    • Advanced Topics in Medical Science 1 & 2


    • Integrative Biomedical Sciences
    • Systems Neurophysiology
    • Drug Development
    • Pre-Clinical to Practice
    • Inherited Disorders
    • Cellular Cardiology
    • History of the Body1
    • History of the Body 2
    Total Credits: 120

    Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

    BSc year one

    Year one will introduce you to the broad range of topics that makes up medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. On top of this you will also develop a foundation of laboratory skills and techniques that will be vital throughout your degree.

    BSc year two

    Through modules around topics such as neurobiology and the physiology of absorption and excretion, you will receive more exposure to the systems of the body. The course is taught in a way that integrates your understanding of the normal structure and function of the body with changes in disease and treatment. There is also a chance to participate in a study year abroad or an industrial placement at the end of year two to further enhance your skills.

    BSc year three

    After developing your interests in certain topics in your first two years, year three will offer the chance to select research-based modules around these preferences. A large focus of year three will also be on the research project you will undertake, that will offer you the chance to manage your own cutting-edge project alongside professional researchers in specialised laboratories.

    MBiol year three and four

    Year three of the MBiol will prepare your for Master’s level, through a research preparation module and a group or individual research project, alongside level 3 modules. In year four you will have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project in a completely original topic, alongside the chance to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics.

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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 87

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    A Level or Advanced Higher: AAA from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry plus another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

    International Baccalaureate: 35 (18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB including an A in higher level Biology or Chemistry, and another science at higher level.

    Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry, plus one other science or science-related subject.

    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.

    Science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

    Science- related subjects: Geography, P.E, Psychology, Use of Maths and Statistics.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

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    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Leeds.


    Studying Medical Sciences at Leeds offers:

    • 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 members of staff producing research that was "world leading or internationally excellent"
    • teaching quality rated "excellent" in last two QAA reviews
    • a very high level of student satisfaction in NSS survey results

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