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Biochemistry

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

a minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Biology or Human Biology, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits

Total of 60 credits (45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2) from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject with passes in Level 2 Maths and Communication units. QAA accredited course required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Scottish Higher

C,C,D,D,D

A minimum of 112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Biochemistry

**Why study this course?**

This course will give you the practical skills you need to pursue a career in biochemistry, as well an excellent working knowledge of biological molecules, metabolic processes, and information transfer and processing in living systems. There is also an opportunity to take part in a 15-week work placement as part of the course.

**More about this course**

Encompassing the study of the molecular, cellular and physiological bases of life, biochemistry provides insights into many of the problems that have fascinated and perplexed biologists for generations.

This degree course has been designed to meet the growing need for qualified biochemists. We'll give you the practical skills you need to pursue a career in the field, including laboratory, research and analysis skills. You’ll also develop a solid understanding of applied biology and medicinal chemistry, and have the chance to put this knowledge to the test.

Teaching will take place in our state-of-the-art Science Centre, which is equipped with 280 workstations and a number of specialised laboratories, such as tissue culture research and microbiology. You’ll get the chance to gain hands-on experience in a lab setting under the guidance of expert researchers and academics.

Modules

Module details below are subject to change. Please see the university website course page for full module details.
Example Year 1 modules include:

Professional Studies (core, 15 credits);
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (core, 15 credits);
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (core, 15 credits);
General Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Cell Biology (core, 15 credits);
Biochemistry (core, 15 credits);
Fundamentals of Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits);
General Microbiology (core, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry (core, 15 credits);
Metabolism (core, 15 credits);
Molecular Biology (core, 15 credits);
Quantitative Analysis (core, 15 credits);
Microbiology (core, 15 credits);
Human Immunity (core, 15 credits);
Spectroscopic Methods (core, 15 credits);
Ethics for Science (option, 15 credits);
Parasitology (option, 15 credits);
Work Placements for the life sciences (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Project (core, 30 credits);
Toxicology (core, 15 credits);
Clinical Biochemistry (core, 15 credits);
Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (core, 15 credits);
Virology (option, 15 credits);
Genomics (core, 15 credits);
Energy Metabolism and Endocrinology (option, 15 credits);
Biochemical Pathology (core, 15 credits);
Applied Immunology (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through essays, group reports, poster presentations, seminar presentations, data analysis and interpretation exercises, and we help you to produce and maintain a personal profile and curriculum vitae.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Biosciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


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Biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,108
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£25k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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