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BSc Hons Biochemistry


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: C700 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr SL Allinson
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. It is an exciting and rapidly developing subject and the primary investigative science within biology and medicine. Our Biochemistry degree is flexible and provides students with core modules in Biochemistry and Chemistry coupled to a solid background in other related fields. In first year, students gain a good overview of key modern biochemical concepts such as Protein Biochemistry, Cell Structure and Function, and Genetics. In second year, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Medical Microbiology modules are taken, as well as practical-orientated laboratory modules. In the final year, students have the opportunity to focus on their biochemical interests, selecting from a diverse range of subjects including Cell Signalling, Cancer, Biology of Ageing, and Neurobiology.

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a structured and broad understanding of biochemical processes, including a molecular and genetic knowledge of living organisms both in health and disease.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.
    • Equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate study.
    • Prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, government agencies and hospitals.
    • Develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills as well as general/transferable skills so as to prepare students for more general, non subject-specific graduate employment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to:

    • Recognise the fundamental structures and functions of biological macromolecules and apply this knowledge to their relationships in health and disease.
    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of: Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Biomedicine and Microbiology; as well as applying knowledge from additional optional topics. 
    • Analyse and interpret a range of biochemical processes and apply biochemical principles and methodologies to the solution of problems.
    • Reason critically and demonstrate awareness of biomedical ethics.
    • Use spectroscopic and instrumental methods for the monitoring and measurement of biomolecules.
    • Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan, conduct and report a substantial individual investigation.
    • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses. 
    • Collect, analyse and present observations and experimental data
    • Retrieve, select, syntheses and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources; including from relevant information technology.
    • Apply quantitative techniques in biochemical analysis and interpret numerical data.
    • Communicate effectively through written and oral presentations.
    • Work within a team and assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others.
    • Learn independently, manage their time and work to deadlines. 

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