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Biochemistry and Genetics

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including Chemistry and at least one other science subject at A level. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately (waived for 2021/22 application cycle). Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects. Applicants must also meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade 4 in English language or literature and maths

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

including 5/6 in chemistry and another science, in any order, at Higher Level. Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects. Grade 4 in maths at standard level and either grade 4 in English A at standard level or grade 5 English B at standard level.

Considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

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

D

in combination with 2 science A-level qualifications, including Chemistry. Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science is acceptable for this course. The modules are considered on an individual basis; you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification. Applicants must still meet the GCSE requirements to be considered.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

including Chemistry and a second science. Offers made in conjunction with Scottish Highers grades of AABBB. Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

in combination with grades AA in the Advanced Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and a second science. Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

in combination with 2 science A-levels at AA, to include Chemistry. Acceptable second science subjects are biology, maths, further maths or physics. Maths and further maths are acceptable as second and third science subjects.

UCAS Tariff

112-147

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Genetics

Biochemistry

Molecular biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology play a large factor in this degree. You will learn how to combine the growing fields of biochemistry and genetics which could lead to the development of such revolutionary medical procedures such as personalised medicine based on your genes.

Improve your skills in the lab with practical experience from year one. You will be trained by tutors who are active in the fields of biochemistry and biology, ensuring that you leave university with the skills needed to be successful in your future career.

Through optional modules and research projects, you can tailor the course to focus on the specific areas of biochemistry that interest you. As our courses have a similar first year, there are also opportunities to switch to another biochemistry degree path at the end of year one.

BSc or MSci?
MSci degrees are undergraduate-level courses which last for four years and have an integrated masters qualification. They are the equivalent to a bachelors degree plus a masters level qualification. These courses usually provide additional industry and/or research experience to enhance your future prospects. An MSci is excellent preparation for further study such as a PhD.

If you choose to study an MSci, your student loan will cover tuition fees and living costs for the additional year too (home/EU students only). If you are unsure on whether to choose an MSci or BSc, we recommend you choose the MSci to secure your funding. Transfer to the BSc is possible.

Why choose this course?

A diverse range of optional modules, allowing you to explore your interests or specialise, including an extensive list in your third year
Laboratory experience begins in year one
Be trained by tutors who are active in real world research, giving you the skills necessary for your future careers
The option to travel while you learn, through studying abroad or undertaking field courses in the UK and overseas

Modules

During your first year you will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and cellular control alongside essential chemistry. In the second year you continue at greater depth covering topics such as protein structure and function, metabolic regulation, and oxidative phosphorylation. A major feature of the third year is an individual project which may be lab, bioinformatics, or literature-based. During your final year you will take modules which will expose you to the latest developments in biochemistry and genetics and the year culminates in a substantial research project where you will receive expert supervision.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£26,500
per year
International
£26,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Biosciences

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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.

89%
high
Genetics
69%
low
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.

Genetics

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

92%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
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?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

65%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

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.

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Only a few hundred people take genetics courses every year and graduates from these courses are amongst the most likely to go on to do a doctorate when they graduate, as that's the level of qualification you need to go into a career in research in this important and fast-moving field. Lab jobs were the most popular outcome for genetics graduates, but whilst other science and technical occupations were also common, you could also find genetics graduates in a range of other roles, particularly business and finance.

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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