Biochemistry in Relation to Medicine BSc

This course provides:

  • Course content

    The Intercalated BSc in Biochemistry in Relation to Medicine course provides an extended and more detailed study of biochemistry and molecular biology in order to understand the molecular basis of modern day medicine and its future advances in a rapidly changing world. The course aims to introduce you to 'molecular medicine', providing a sound training in research methods and appreciation of the scientific literature in a biochemical context.

    The emphasis of the course is on mammalian biochemistry and features medically-relevant topics such as:

    Tutorials on a variety of medically relevant topics are held and students are encouraged to attend the weekly research seminars presented by members of the School or visiting speakers. Background reading on each of the selected topics is provided by the individual lecturers on the course.

    A major component of the course is a medically-related research project. You'll be offered a choice of project from a wide range of laboratory, literature and computer-based topics. Recent laboratory research projects have included:

    Literature projects have included reviews of:

    Some of the techniques used in these projects include use of cloned DNA probes and synthetic oligonucleotides, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridisation, protein purification, chromatographic and electrophoretic techniques and electron microscopy.

    In the case of laboratory projects, you'll work in the research laboratory of your supervisor. Advice and assistance are usually available from experienced research workers in the research groups as well as your supervisor. Projects of all formats involve weekly one-to-one supervision meetings with the project supervisor at which progress is reviewed and plans agreed.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent. For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

      International Foundation Year Programme

      International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

      How to apply

      Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.


      UK/EU: See fees section below

      International: £21,500 (per year)

      For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

      The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

      The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government's forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

      The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

      Additional cost information

      There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

      Financial support

      If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    • Career opportunities

      The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

      The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

      In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.

      Careers support

      We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

      Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

      The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • BSc Award
    Full-time Study Mode
    1 years Duration

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