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Biology and Mathematics BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Biology and Mathematics

Biology and Mathematics is a truly interdisciplinary degree. Along with mathematics, you will study topics at the cutting edge of biological discovery and which reflect the complexity of the subject area, encompassing everything from molecules to populations of organisms. Advances in biological science have stimulated the development of new mathematics, leading to new ways of understanding our place in the universe. Your time will be divided roughly equally between modules from Biology and Mathematics.

Roughly half of this degree is taught by the Faculty of Biological Sciences, which is one of the leading life sciences faculties in the UK and is at the forefront of recent computers-in-learning initiatives.

Typical graduate destinations include the pharmaceutical industry, conservation, environmental consultancy, media, healthcare, education, computing and finance.

This course is available with either the Industrial Placement or the Study Abroad scheme as a 4 year degree.

Enhancing your degree

In 2015, the School of Mathematics went through a major refurbishment to provide our students with a variety of new study environments. The School of Mathematics now has social areas, group study areas, a library and seminar room which encourages student interaction, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.

See what the School of Mathematics looks like and hear about it from students in this series of short videos

This course enables you to study topics at the cutting edge of biological discovery alongside a range of pure and applied mathematics modules.

In Year 1, your studies in biology may include the following topics:

•Cell Biology: exploring the structure and function of cells, and including laboratory techniques.

•The Diversity of Life: the animals, plants and micro-organisms we see around us, why they live where they do and how they have adapted to their environments.

•Genetics: with particular emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms.

•Applied Biology and Agriculture: including plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, domestication and animal health.

You will also study key mathematical topics, including:

•Differential Equations: the first step in modelling real-world dynamics.

•Probability and Statistics: chance and the analysis of data are increasingly important in the modern world.

•Calculus: a thorough understanding of differential and integral calculus is an essential foundation for all of mathematics.

•Linear Algebra: using matrices and vectors, and leading to the abstract notion of a vector space.

In addition, you study one additional topic from human biology, practical biology, immunology or computational mathematics, or alternatively take an elective module.

Year 2 you will study vectors, statistics and linear and nonlinear differential equations, the biology of plant life, evolution of organisms, and genetics; optional modules include environmental statistics, fluid dynamics, animal behaviour, and human population.

Year 3 you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules from a wide range of pure and applied mathematics, including mathematical biology, from statistics, and from a variety of biology modules, including a research project, genetics, plant and animal development.

Course structure

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

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

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You’ll enjoy extensive tutorial support and have freedom in your workload and options.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Assessment

You’re assessed by a range of methods, including formal exams and in-course assessment.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Entry requirements

A level: AAB including biology and A in Mathematics

We don't accept general studies or critical thinking but may take account of these at the confirmation stage.

GCSE: You must also have GCSE english at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read our overseas entry requirements.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £17,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in October. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

Read more about undergraduate fees and the impact of the EU referendum on fee status

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and 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.

A Biology and Mathematics degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment. Typical graduate destinations include pharmaceutical industry, conservation, environmental consultancy, media, healthcare, education, computing and finance.

In virtually all areas of life - science, industry and commerce, community, design, engineering, manufacturing and finance - maths is a skill that is valued highly by employers. A biology and mathematics degree will not only equip you with subject-specific knowledge, but also with analytical skills, as well as writing, problem-solving, presentation, communication, team-working and computing skills.

This academic year a new module was introduced for second year students, called 'Maths at Work'. The module focuses on improving skills used in a work environment. This is done through a group project, which involves team work, communication and presentation skills. Also, throughout the course, employers and careers advisers deliver talks.

We take your employment prospects seriously. Read more about how the School and the University help you with employability. We can even help you to start your own business through our Enterprise Scholars scheme.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices. 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.

You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV via our Industrial Placement scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.

All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.

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

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad scheme offers you the opportunity to spend your third year at a host institution overseas, returning to complete your degree after four years. Spending a year, living and studying in another country, is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories, together with the development of practical language skills and new contacts. These are benefits you will draw upon in your business and personal life for years to come.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The Year in Industry scheme gives you the opportunity to spend your third year working for a company, returning to complete your degree after four years. The extra experience you will gain from a year in industry will go a long way to boosting your self confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. Employers love the fact that graduates already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews when you are competing with other graduates.

During your year in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who will be someone employed in your chosen company, plus an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics who will keep in touch, visit you at work, and take responsibility for your progress.

Please note that placements must be obtained through a job application process.

Key facts

UCAS code:
CG11

Duration/Mode:
3 years full time

Typical A level offer:
AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
See fees section below
International fees:
£17,750 (per year)

Study abroad option:
Yes

Work placement option:
Yes

Contact us:
School of Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 370 837 5870
maths.admiss@leeds.ac.uk

2016 entry


Luke Turner

BSc Mathematics and Management

"The University of Leeds really is fantastic and choosing to come here has been one of the best decisions of my life."
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