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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: Not Defined 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

    • To provide a structured and broad understanding of biochemical processes, including a molecular and genetic knowledge of living organisms both in health and disease.
    • To offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.
    • To encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • To equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate study.
    • To prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, government agencies and hospitals.
    • To 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

  • Intended Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of the structures and functions of biological macromolecules and their relationships in health and disease:

    To include core knowledge of:


    * Biochemistry
    * Genetics
    * Physiology
    * Cell biology
    * Biomedicine
    * Microbiology

    With an opportunity to specialise in a subset of topics. Students will be given guidance on an appropriate choice of modules.


    Intellectual skills

    * Plan, conduct and report a substantial individual investigation
    * Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources
    * Analyse and interpret a range of biochemical processes
    * Formulate and test concepts and hypotheses
    * Apply biochemical principles and methodologies to the solution of problems
    * Reason critically
    * Interpret numerical data

    Practical skills

    * Apply quantitative techniques in biochemical analysis
    * Use spectroscopic and instrumental methods for the monitoring and measurement of biomolecules
    * Retrieve and select information from a variety of source
    * Collect, analyse and present observations and experimental data
    * Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work


    Transferable skills

    * Work independently or as part of a team
    * Find information and use relevant information technology
    * Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
    * Design and prepare project proposals
    * Be self-reliant
    * Assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others
    * Manage time and work to deadlines

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