Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Overview

Are you a budding scientist, ready to expand your knowledge and learn how to use biological chemistry to revolutionise research and explore the fascinating world of molecules, genes and cells?

On this BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree course, you'll explore life at its most fundamental level. You’ll examine the way cells and molecules work and discover how this knowledge can help fight disease, edit genomes, develop new sources of fuel and biofuels, and explain human and animal development.

Fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course can lead to career paths in academic and industrial research, teaching, forensic science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and the health service. On completion you can apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great role when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits, usually 20 or 40.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Biodiversity and Evolution – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the basic theories and principles of evolutionary biology, including its mechanisms and how they work. 

Experimental Biology – 20 credits - In this module, you'll experience experimental biological research through a lengthy period of hands-on lab work, lectures, and computer sessions on experimental design and statistics.

Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry – 20 credits - This module covers the basic understanding of cell biology and biochemistry. 

Microbiology and Molecular Biology  – 20 credits - On this module, you'll learn the basic concepts of microbiology and molecular biology. 

Perspectives in Biochemistry – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the study of biochemistry and puts milestone biochemical discoveries into an historical context.

Year 2

Core modules

Cell Biology – 20 credits - This module will further develop your understanding of cellular biology, and introduce ideas which you'll develop further as your knowledge becomes more specialised.

Enzymes and Metabolism – 20 credits - This module will develop your critical understanding of enzymes, and the role they play in chemical reactions that make life possible. 

Genetic Engineering – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the theory and practice of genetic engineering.

Macromolecules – 20 credits - The module will provide you with an introduction to the fundamentals of protein structure and function, giving you a reflective and critical understanding of the subject.

Optional modules

Business for Biosciences – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the combined world of bioscience and business. You’ll benefit from business insight and how it relates to the bioscience sector.

Development: How Form and Function Changes – 20 credits - This module develops your understanding of how vertebrates, including humans, develop. 

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Microbiology  – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll expand your critical understanding of microbiology at a cellular level.

Year 3

Core modules

Biomolecular Science – 20 credits - In this module, you'll get an understanding of the biophysical techniques and technology used to investigate the structure and interactions of biological macromolecules.

Gene Organisation and Expression – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of eukaryotic gene expression and its regulation.

Genomics in Molecular Medicine – 20 credits - This module focuses on two main areas of genomics in molecular medicine.

Honours Project – 40 credits - On this module,  you'll work on your honours project. You'll design and run a lab, field, computer or literature-based investigation to get significant results or findings.

Optional modules

Biotechnology ­– 20 credits - In this module you'll build upon the foundations in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and systems biology that you covered earlier in your course.

Genes and Development – 20 credits - This module takes a cellular, molecular and genetic approach to the analysis of embryonic development.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • lectures
  • computer classes
  • seminars
  • practical lab work
  • one-on-one tutorials

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

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.

Careers and opportunities

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
BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, including Biology and Chemistry, with 40 points from either A level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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