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Aberystwyth University

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C709

Master of Biology - MBiol

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

With B in Chemistry and B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

With 6 points in Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

With B in Chemistry and B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

If you wish to study Biochemistry then this exciting four year course will be for you. It allows students to integrate three years of undergraduate study in Biochemistry with a further year of postgraduate level study, leading to the qualification of MBiol (Biochemistry). This course is ideal if you aspire to a career as a research scientist in Biochemistry or just wish to take your Biochemistry knowledge to a higher level. The advantage of choosing an integrated Masters degree is that you can apply for a four year student loan for the full duration of the course, rather than seeking funding for a Masters after completing your first degree. This degree will give you a solid foundation in the study of cellular, molecular and chemical biology. The subject is taught within an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by experts in the Biochemistry field.

The University has modern teaching facilities with over £55 million pounds invested. You will be studying in a University that is ranked **top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).

The Biochemistry teaching staff are recognised as expert and innovative educators. Employability is embedded in our teaching. We are linked closely with the Biochemical society, which is a great platform for students to network with others in their discipline.

Our students leave Aberystwyth University with skills including:

+ research and data analysis skills;

+ enhanced mathematical and computational skills;

+ effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;

+ a thorough grounding in information technology skills;

+ the ability to work independently;

+ time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines the ability to express ideas and communicate;

+ information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;

+ self-motivation and self-reliance;

+ team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

Upon successful completion of the MBiol Biochemistry, you will have improved your employability prospects by successfully obtaining a Master's qualification. Some of our graduates have pursued career paths with the following:

+ GlaxoSmithKline;

+ Astra Zeneca;

+ Education;

+ Research;

+ Laboratories.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
high
Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate
311

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

99%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Engineering professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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