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Biochemistry

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-128 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science). To include a minimum of 9 credits in Biology and 9 credits in Chemistry based subjects at Merit or above.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50-52, to include Biology and Chemistry, with a Principal Subject in either Biology or Chemistry at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry, with 6 points from a Higher Level in either Biology or Chemistry. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include Biology and Chemistry, with either Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in a Science subject.

120-128 Tariff points, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Biochemistry

**Overview**
Discover life at its most fundamental level. On this accredited BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree, you’ll learn how biochemists fight disease, edit genomes, develop new fuels, and understand human and animal development.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, so you can apply for Associate Membership after graduation.

Throughout your course, you’ll be inspired by renowned academics doing trailblazing research into epigenetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, microbiology and molecular biophysics.

You’ll also have the opportunity to use tech such as real-time PCR and protein purification kits, access our internationally regarded molecular biology research laboratories and the European Xenopus Resource Centre, one of the largest model organism research facilities in the world.

Once you complete your Biochemistry degree, you’ll be ready for careers in research, teaching, forensic science or pharmaceuticals. With specialist modules like Business for Bioscience and Genes and Development, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your niche.

**Accredited by:**
This course is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This means it's recognised in the industry and assures future employers that you have the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in biochemistry.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:
- Learn to become a professional scientist with the latest theory backed up by lab training

- Study genes and cells, how they work at molecular level and clone DNA in practical classes

- Understand the role of biochemistry in developing fuel and biofuels, fighting disease, and researching animal and human development

- Learn from academic staff who are doing trailblazing research into epigenetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, microbiology and molecular biophysics

- Get involved with the European Xenopus Resource Centre, one of the largest frog resource facilities in the world

- Access our molecular biology research labs, globally regarded as some of the best available at a university

- Use the latest tech such as X-ray diffractometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and instrumentation for protein purification

- Have the opportunity to apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

- Careers and opportunities

**What can you do with a Biochemistry degree?**
There are many career paths a BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree can lead you to. Previous students have gone on to do valuable work in fields such as:
- industrial research

- academic research leading to a PhD

- biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

- science teaching

- the health service

- scientific writing and the media

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Biodiversity & Evolution
- Experimental Biology
- Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry
- Microbiology & Molecular Biology
- Perspectives in Biochemistry.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Cell Biology
- Enzymes and Metabolism
- Genetic Engineering
- Macromolecules

Optional modules in this year include:
- Business for Biosciences
- Development; How Form and Function Changes
- Introduction to Teaching
- Microbiology.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Biomolecular Science
- Gene Organisation And Expression
- Genomics in Molecular Medicine
- Honours Project.

Optional modules in this year include:
- Biotechnology
- Genes and Development

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through coursework, essays and write-ups, presentations, online exams, data analysis problems, research project, written exams, multiple choice tests.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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.

95%
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

96%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related 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.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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