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Aston University, Birmingham

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

Bachelor of Science - BSc

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with year in industry | 2019

Subject

Biochemistry

Our four year BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course with integrated placement year focuses on the study of life at the molecular level. You will explore the way that molecules are synthesised, regulated and interact to give rise to highly complex organisms.

Biochemistry lies at the interface of the life and physical sciences and is therefore applicable to a wide range of fields such as medicine, pharmaceutics and biotechnology.

The course is designed to equip you with the key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills necessary to succeed in this field. You will study though a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions with a compulsory integrated placement year designed to give you further experience and enhance your employability.

Upon completion of the course you will meet the rising demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world. Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of professional careers in both the public and private sectors including research and development, scientific communication, patent law, and sales and management. Many graduates will undertake further postgraduate study.

Key course benefits:

- Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)

- Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)

- Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, The Guardian League Table, 2020)

Modules

Year 1
Study topics such as microbiology, cell biology, genetics, biological chemistry, metabolism and biomolecules. Receive training in key skills through our personal tutoring system.

Year 2
Continue to build your key skills and integrate the knowledge you gain across topics such as applied and industrial biochemistry, cell membranes and energy generation, immunology, molecular biology and protein structure and function.

Placement year
The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context, boost your employability and gain experience by taking a placement in the UK or abroad. Placements could take place in hospital, industrial or research laboratories, as well as non-laboratory settings.

Final year
Undertake an individual original research project and study topics such as biotechnology, molecular medicine, bioethics, biological membranes and advanced cell signalling.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, including

Lectures
Practical sessions
Interactive workshops and tutorials
Group work
Self-study courses

You will be continuously assessed throughout the course. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, including examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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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.

£21,380
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Natural and social science professionals
22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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