Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of living organisms. You will divide your time between chemistry and biology, although the balance can be adjusted to suit your interests and aptitudes. Initially, you will study organic and physical chemistry, as well as genetics and cell biology. From the second year, you will concentrate on the structure and function of proteins and the catalysts and controllers of chemical reactions. In addition to modules covering enzymes, you will study macromolecular protein assemblies, cell signalling and the interactions between proteins and prosthetic groups and co-factors, as well as the biochemistry of disease, cell biology and differentiation. You will also study the molecular biology of DNA, its replication, repair, mutation and organisation.
- Foundations of Organic Chemistry
- Organic Functional Group Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
- Heredity and Gene Action
- Basic Biochemistry
- Cell Dynamics
- Essential Skills for Biologists
- Membrane Biochemistry
- Chemistry of Biological Molecules
- Techniques for Biological and Chemical Sciences
- Genes and Bioinformatics
- Metabolic Pathways
- Microbial Physiology and Growth
- Animal Physiology
- Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics
- Fundamentals of Neurobiology
- Research Methods and Communication
- Integrative Studies in Biological Sciences
- Protein Structure, Folding and Assemblies
- Membrane Proteins
- Enzyme Catalysis
- Molecular Basis of Disease
- Biological Sciences Research Project / Investigative Project / Project Skills in the Life Sciences
- Neuroscience: From Molecules to Behaviour
- Developmental Biology and Cell Signalling
- Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
- Functional Genomics and Epigenetics
For all programmes you must take 120 credits (normally eight modules) in each academic year. Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75-80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework (for example, practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). Examinations normally last two and a half hours for first and second years and three hours for final-year papers. Final-year students undertake a research project/investigative project worth 15 or 30 credits; these are assessed with a detailed written report, oral presentation, poster and an interview. The main examination period is in May/June, with deferred exams and resits in August for first- and second-year students. The format of undergraduate examinations varies among programmes and may include multiple choice questions (MCQ), extended matching questions (EMQ), short answer questions, problem solving or case-based exercises, and essays.
Graduates with a BSc degree in Biochemistry may go on to careers in medicine and dentistry, or study for a further degree such as an MSc or PhD. Graduates have also gone on to jobs such as work in a medical laboratory. Many diverse and rewarding career opportunities are possible having obtained a degree in Biochemistry because of the transferable skills gained throughout the programme.
Please refer to our detailed entry requirements for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
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