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Biochemistry

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:15,P:30

Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents

UCAS Tariff

112

From A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications in applied science to include suitable biology and chemistry modules. We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types. For example: BBC at A Level including Biology and Chemistry. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered with relevant checmistry modules (please include units on application). BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant chemistry modules alongside other level 3 study. A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.

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 | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biochemistry

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary:**
- Gain knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.

- Combine the chemical and biological sciences to understand cellular mechanisms underpinning disease and advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies.

- Apply the material taught at university to real-world experience as a biochemist with year-long or summer placement opportunities available.

Transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers.
This is an academically challenging course which will develop your practical and digital skills. You will gain a deep understanding of the subject through placements and extensive lab work in our award-winning laboratories graduating as an experienced and employable biochemist.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Through the study of modules including molecular biology, analytical science, cell biology and organic and biological chemistry you will gain an in-depth understanding of a breadth of biochemistry with the flexibility to choose optional subjects in your second and final years focussing your specialisms.

How you learn:

With a strong focus on employability throughout your course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or post graduate education providers.

You learn through:

- lectures

- interactive workshops

- small group academic tutorials

- scenario-based laboratory classes

- project work

**Applied learning - Work placements**

Between your second and final year of study you have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that will give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. Or if you’re unable to commit to a year, it’s also possible to work for a shorter period of time during a summer placement (which can still contribute towards your degree).

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you will enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals.

If you are undertaking a work placement in another European country, there may be the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

**Research projects**

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.

**Networking opportunities**

On top of your work placement, the course has excellent links to potential employers and previous graduates, allowing you plenty of opportunities for networking.

Modules

Modules
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
**Year 1 Compulsory modules**:

Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology 20
Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry 20
Human Physiology And Anatomy 20
Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20
**Year 2 Compulsory modules**:

Analytical And Bioanalytical Science 20
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry 20
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 40
Topics In Biochemistry 20
**Elective modules**:

Advanced Cell Biology 20
Organic And Biological Chemistry 20
**Year 3 Compulsory modules**:

Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20
**Final year Compulsory modules**:

Advanced Analytical Science 20
Applied Biochemistry 20
Research Project 40
**Elective modules**:
Advanced Organic Synthesis And Spectroscopy 20
Bioethics And Bioinformatics 20
Bioethics And Human Genetics 20
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics 20
Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery 20
Pharmacology 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

93%
high
Biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Science, engineering and production technicians
22%
Natural and social science professionals
8%
Public services and other associate professionals

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.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£23k

£23k

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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