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BSc Hons Biochemistry with Genetics

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: C7C4 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

    • To provide a structured, progressive and thematic training in areas of biochemistry and genetics which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • To prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, government agencies and hospitals.
    • To offer a range of modules which allow students to specialise in particular areas of genetics.
    • 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 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.
    • To offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Knowledge and Understanding

    Students will acquire a broad knowledge of biochemistry and genetics in the context of health and disease with detailed understanding of:

    • Genetics and Biotechnology
    • Protein Biochemistry

    Plus two of the following areas:

    • Cell Biology
    • Cell Interactions
    • Biomedicine
    • Medical Microbiology


    Intellectual skills able to:

    • 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 able to:

    • 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 sources
    • 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 able to:

    • 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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