University of Leeds
Biology is a rapidly expanding discipline which has increasing importance in global environmental, medical and economic issues. The Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds is one of the largest communities of biological scientists in the UK, with research and teaching that competes with the best institutions worldwide. Our position amongst the UK elite for bioscience was confirmed in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Leeds was ranked 4th for biological sciences in the UK by the leading scientific journal Nature, based on the numbers of staff producing research that was "world leading or internationally excellent". Our expertise covers the spectrum of biological sciences from molecule structure, cell and tissue biology and physiology through whole organism, plant, animal and medical science to the environment, ecology and sport sciences. We teach around 350 postgraduate students from around 45 countries. The University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and is also part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Integrating research and teaching is at the heart of our strategy. Our students benefit from first-class facilities and from learning in an environment where new discoveries are being made, surrounded by world-class researchers who help design and deliver our teaching.
In addition to excellent subject knowledge and training, we also aim to produce well-rounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market. Our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects and Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation amongst employers. The University is consistently one of the most-targeted universities by the UK's top graduate employers according to the High Fliers survey.
Taught postgraduate programmes
As the biological sciences advance they increasingly call upon integration of specialist knowledge and skills. We offer the following Masters (taught) degrees:
These programmes offer flexible training including transferable skills such as scientific writing, graphics and data presentation, time management, bioethics and enterprise. Added to this are specialist courses which provide a strong theoretical grasp of biological disciplines and a practical introduction to the cutting edge techniques which are being used to advance scientific discovery. Students benefit from extensive programmes of seminars, lectures and training courses in technical and transferable skills, preparing them for a wide range of future careers. Download brochure for further details.
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We offer PhD opportunities right across the spectrum of the Biological Sciences. The Faculty of Biological Sciences Graduate School is home to all our research students regardless of which of our three schools their work is aligned to. The Graduate School staff will help prospective students match their research interests to potential supervisors within our team. The scale and diversity of research in the Faculty provides an outstanding training environment and research is too extensive to list all the possibilities here, but our research expertise includes:
Browse PhD supervisors by research group or subject area on our website.
Our postgraduates have access to all the facilities you would expect from a leading international university. We have modern well-equipped laboratories and specialist biological sciences research facilities. The University libraries, including the extensive Health Sciences Library, have over 2.9m items. You can access an extensive range of materials including over 20,000 journals, a comprehensive collection of databases, e-texts and reference materials through the Library website available 24/7,365 days a year. The online Student Portal provides a one-stop shop for access to news, timetables, reading lists, email, online registration and an online social networking community.
A supportive learning environment
We believe that Leeds graduates should be going out into the world and making an impact in whatever field they choose. Teaching of professional skills is a key component of all our Masters programmes, and we ensure that we help you with your ongoing personal development. Personal tutoring is well-established within the Faculty and we have received special recognition from the Students' Union for the high quality of our personal tutoring. We work closely with the University Careers Centre to support our students with information and opportunities.
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Demonstrating our commitment to international students, the University of Leeds has offices in a number of countries where applicants can obtain advice about the application process and pre-departure information. Visit the international section of our website for the latest details. Visit our website for help applying. The University also has its own language centre offering courses to help students achieve the standard necessary for academic study. See our website for details of international scholarship opportunities.
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