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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

  • Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. By studying Biochemistry with Genetics students have a particular focus on the genetic blueprint of life, DNA. In the first year, students gain a broad overview of both subject discplines, studying modules such as Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Human Physiology. In second year, a range of biochemical and molecular biology subjects are studied including several modules designed to develop key laboratory skills required by scientists in these areas. These modules include Biochemical Techniques, Cell Biology Techniques, and DNA Technology. In the final year, students have the opportunity to focus on their biochemical interests, selecting from a diverse range of subjects including Medical Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, Neurobiology, and Cancer. Students also conduct their own laboratory-based project under the guidance of our internationally renowned academic staff. 

    The programme aims to:

    • Offer a range of modules which allow students to specialise in particular areas of genetics.
    • 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.
    • Prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, government agencies and hospitals.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Equip students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate study.
    • 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.
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to:

    • Recognise the fundamental concepts in biochemistry and genetics in the context of health and disease.
    • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of: Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology and Microbiology. 
    • 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, synthesise 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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