Department profile

Faculty of Biological Sciences

University of Leeds
2019/20 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 bioscientists including over 240 postgraduate students who come from around 30 different countries.

University of the Year 2017

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 2016). Our research projects have the potential to make a major impact on global society.

Our position amongst the UK elite for bioscience research was confirmed in the results of Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), where we are ranked 6th in the UK for research impact. Over 80% of our research activity was rated as ‘world leading’ or internationally excellent’.

International students

We are a truly international university and we have many years’ experience welcoming overseas students to the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Leeds has a long history of providing both an inspirational academic experience and excellent student support. As one of the most popular destinations in the UK for international students, we understand your needs and have dedicated support to help make student life in Leeds enjoyable and successful.

The University has been ranked 1st out of 14 participating Russell Group universities for international student satisfaction with learning environment in the latest International Student Barometer survey (Autumn 2014).

Postgraduate 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 jobs, as well as non-science related work. This research-led teaching, along with industry placement on selected courses is producing first-class graduates who are equipped with the confidence and skills to become the scientists of the future.

A diverse range of Masters Degrees are available:

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

Excellent career prospects

Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation amongst employers. The University is ranked 3rd in the UK and the top 20 in the world for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016).

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 and a new 13,500 seat Leeds Arena. Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Britain with more parkland than any other European city.

Visit us

There are opportunities throughout the year to visit the faculty. You will be able 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 our website about upcoming open days.

If you are unable to visit in person you can register to attend one of our upcoming online information sessions.

Scholarships, fees and funding

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.

How to apply

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

Watch our Faculty videos and hear directly from our staff and current students about why Leeds is a great place to live and study:

Award and affiliations

  • QS World University Rankings
  • University of the Year 2017 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
  • Entrepreneurial University of the Year (The Times Higher, 2016)

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+44(0)133 343 3021
Faculty of Biological Sciences
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