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    Biotechnology with Enterprise allows us to harness and manipulate biological systems and materials for the benefits of areas such as medicine and commerce. Offered in partnership with the Leeds University Business School, this innovative degree at Leeds offers not only a comprehensive understanding of disciplines underpinning advances in biotechnology, but also covers the essentials of business, commerce and entrepreneurship.

    Why study Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise)?

    Our BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) degree provides a comprehensive knowledge on the applications of biotechnology in the modern world, both commercially and clinically. The degree is designed for science students with a strong leaning towards business and commerce, providing a combination of technical knowledge in both business and biotechnology to give graduates strong career prospects.


    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 skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

    Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

    A typical week:

    • Year one includes ten to twelve hours of lectures, a tutorial and a two, three hour practical classes (in biochemical and microbiological techniques), plus private study time.
    • Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, tutorials and a six hour lab practical session, plus plus private study time.
    • In year three your research project will take around three days per week (mainly in Semester One), you will also attend a number of associated lectures, plus private study time.

    Across all three years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.

    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 (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Credits 360

    MBiol Year Four - 125 credits

    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) is designed to produce graduates who meet employers' needs and are able to take full advantage of the rapidly changing and expanding arena of biotechnology and commerce. This degree offers you choice, time to decide upon a preferred subject area, and the opportunity to take “ownership” of your course.

    BSc Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introductory Skills for Biotechnology
    • Introductory Microbiology
    • Enterprise in Action
    • The Molecules of Life
    • Introduction to Genetic
    • Introduction to Immunology
    • Tissues, Organs and Processes of the Human Body
    • Applied Biology and Agriculture

    Optional modules

    • Innovation and Creativity in Business
    • Understanding Social Enterprises
    • Introduction to Management 1

    Total credits:120

    BSc Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Intermediate Skills for Biotechnology
    • New Enterprise Planning
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice
    • The Power of Bacterial Genomics
    • Sustainable Food Production

    Optional modules

    • Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling
    • Human Diseases
    • Chemotherapy
    • Introduction to Toxicology
    • Medical Virology
    • Managing Innovation in Business
    • Innovating Social Enterprises

    Total credits:120

    BSc Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Skills in the Biosciences
    • Enterprise Development Project
    • Social Networking for Enterprise
    • Research Tools and Applications
    • Applied Genetics

    Optional modules

    • Advanced Topics in the Biosciences 2*
    • Advanced Topics in the Biosciences 3*

    *Students undertaking this programme will follow a Biotechnology pathway of selected Advanced Topics.

    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

    In year one you will begin with the core themes of biotechnology alongside an introduction to strategic business planning and management. Themes including cell biology and genetics will be delivered together with a skills development module involving weekly tutorials and laboratory sessions.

    BSc Year Two

    Year two will see you build on your skills and knowledge from year one, continuing to study biological processes at molecular and cellular levels. Business modules including ‘Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice’ and ‘New Business Planning’ will complement modules in genetic engineering and human diseases to ensure that you develop a broad knowledge and skillset.

    BSc Year Three

    Year three is your chance to integrate both your knowledge of Biotechnology and your understanding of commerce and enterprise, with a year-long project that is supported by tutors from the Business School as well as the Faculty of Biological Sciences. You will study advanced level topics that represent the cutting-edge of research within the area of biotechnology, and the skills you have developed throughout your previous years will continue to be honed to an even more advanced level.

    MBiol Year Four

    In year four you will study Masters level modules, as well as using your preparation from the previous years to undertake an extended research-project.

    MBiol Year four

    Compulsory modules

    • Extended Research Project (Biotechnology)
    • Specialised Research Topics and Skills

    Optional modules

    • Drugs, Processes, Products and People
    • Molecular Diagnostics, Drug Delivery and Therapies
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Plant Biotechnology
    • Global Perspectives on Enterprise
    • Enterprise & Society

    Total credits = 125

    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 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 at higher level.

    Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers are not accepted on their own.

    Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology 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: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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