Department profile

Faculty of Biological Sciences

University of Leeds
2016/17 edition

About Faculty of Biological Sciences

The Faculty of Biological Sciences is one of the leading life science faculties in the UK with research and teaching that competes with the best institutions worldwide. You will join an outstanding community of bio scientists including over 240 postgraduate students who come from around 30 different countries.

Worldwide reputation

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. The assessment also identified that over 80% of biological science research at Leeds has a top quality rating of either "world leading" or "internationally excellent".

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities, and one of the top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015). Our research projects have the potential to make a major impact on global society.

PG subjects available

Our extensive research expertise means our courses are at the forefront of knowledge and reflect the latest developments in the field of biological sciences. Our postgraduate programmes prepare students for a wide range of careers, including academic and industry research, medical and health related job, as well as non-science related work. This research-led teaching is producing first-class graduates who are equipped with the confidence and skills to become the scientists of the future.

The Faculty consists of three Schools:

  • School of Biology
  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Within these Schools a diverse range of taught and research postgraduate Masters degrees are available, covering biodiversity, biotechnology, biological and biomedical sciences, including:

PhD sibilities are extensive and projects are often part of the wider, on-going research within the Faculty. Research themes include:

  • Ageing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell & Development Biology
  • Disease Biology
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Change
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Membrane Biology
  • Molecular Contractility
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Science & Biotechnology
  • Signals & Genes in Plants
  • Sport & Exercise Sciences
  • Structural Biology
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Systems & Mathematical Biology
  • Virology

Excellent career prospects

Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation amongst employers. The University is one of the top 10 universities in the UK for graduate recruitment (‘The Graduate Market in 2014’, High Fliers report 2015, providing you with opportunities to meet employer’s right here on campus.

Leeds: the best of both worlds

The Leeds campus offers students the best of both worlds: the convenience and community of a single site campus at the heart of an exciting cosmopolitan city.

Leeds has all you can expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. Our campus is located just a few minutes' walk from Leeds city centre, giving you all the benefits of studying at a campus University and living close to a lively city. Leeds is famous in the UK not only as a major shopping destination, but also for our proud sporting tradition and is home to teams such as Leeds United football club, Yorkshire cricket club, and the Leeds Rhinos rugby club. The city also has a vibrant cultural life, including theatres, art galleries and museums, 13,500 seat Leeds Arena. Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Britain with more parkland than any other European city.

A warm welcome for international students

We are a truly international university and we have many years’ experience welcoming overseas students to the Faculty. The University of Leeds provides extensive support services to help make international student life in Leeds enjoyable and successful. The University of Leeds has been ranked 1st out of 16 participating Russell Group universities for overall international student satisfaction in the latest International Student Barometer survey (Autumn 2012).

Visit us

There are opportunities throughout the year to visit the faculty. They are a great chance to find out more about study and research opportunities at Leeds, take a campus tour to view our outstanding facilities and receive advice on your application, fees, funding and much more. See details on upcoming open days.

Fees, funding and costs

The cost of a postgraduate degree varies by course and by type. Check out our website for the most up to date information. Each year we have a range of scholarships that are available for both home and international students undertaking postgraduate study with the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Details can be found here.


Adapting to life in a new place can be both exciting and challenging. Finding somewhere to live where you feel comfortable will help you settle in quickly, and Leeds has plenty of accommodation options for you to choose from. Located only a few minutes' walk from campus, St Marks Residences. Offering over 500 en-suite bedrooms, gardens and common areas, for postgraduate students.

How to apply

Step-by-step guidance on the application process is available at the links below:


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Award and affiliations

QS World University Rankings

Contact details

Faculty of Biological Sciences
Irene Manton Building
University of Leeds
+44(0)133 343 3021