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Frequently asked questions

Can I transfer to the Medicine course?

There will be the possibility of transfer at the end of the first year for students who have completed the first year of any of the BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Medical Genetics BSc Medical Physiology or BSc Medical Microbiology courses and have met defined criteria. The criteria are reviewed annually, but in 2020 the following apply:

  • Must have B (6) in GCSE Maths and English language and either A-level Chemistry or Biology at B grade.
  • Have achieved good first class marks in first year modules of their biological sciences course.
  • Have taken the UCAT medical admissions test in 2021 (UCAT - registration opens on 1 May 2021 and testing will commence on 1 July 2021). Please bear in mind that you would need to sit the UCAT early in 2021, as your results will be needed for the submission of your internal application. You must sit this test and have your results before the internal application closing (provisionally July 2021).
  • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to Medicine by gaining experience of caring and interaction with the public through work experience or volunteering.
  • Demonstrate motivation and suitability for Medicine through their personal statement and references.

If these criteria are met students will be able to apply in July for consideration for transfer to the first year of the Medical Programme.

The Medical School will consider all applications and then interview prospective candidates in August. However, there is no guarantee of a transfer. In 2019, 49 students applied, 23 were interviewed and 19 transferred onto year 1 on the medical degree programme.

Is it worth me applying for the Integrated Master's course? (MBiolSci)

The integrated master's is composed of taught material and a research project.

You may want to consider the MBiolSci because it is a shorter route to a Master’s degree qualification - the research project is three months rather than the usual six. The MBiolSci is the same level qualification as an MSc or MRes.

In order to progress to the MBiolSci you will generally need a credit weighted average (CWA) of at least 65% at the end of your second year with no resits and a CWA of 65% or higher at the end of your third year. If you withdraw from the MBiolSci during your fourth year, you will graduate with your original BSc grade.

What are the main research strengths in Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester?

We have internationally recognised researchers working across the spectrum of biological and medical sciences.

We have state-of-the-art research facilities such as the new £6,000,000 cryo-Electron Microscopy facility based within the Leicester Institute for Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB) facilitating world-class research within the University and wider research community. Particular areas of excellence include:

  • Structural Biology
  • Genetics, genomics and forensics
  • Human disease – cancer, respiratory (very topical!) and cardiovascular medicine
  • Infectious disease and new anti-microbials

Will I have the opportunity to do research as part of my degree?

You will have the opportunity to undertake a research project in the final year of your degree. This may be based in an active research laboratory, may involve research in science education or involve analysis of data sets or literature.

You are supported and encouraged to undertake a 6 - 8 week laboratory placement in the summer holiday between year 2 and year 3.

You can undertake a year in industry or abroad (although we cannot currently predict the full impact of Covid 19 on future study abroad options!)

What proportion of students graduate with a ‘good’ degree?

It varies slightly year on year but over 70% of our students graduate with an upper second or first class degree. In Biosciences, we scored an overall satisfaction rating of 96% in the 2019 National Student Survey - ranked third in the UK and second in mainstream universities in England. Some of our degree streams achieved 100% satisfaction.

Can I study abroad?

Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.

There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.

Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.

We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.