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Queen Mary University of London

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C701

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

To include A Level Chemistry. Please note: You will also be excepted to achieve a Pass grade in the practical endorsement for any of the following A levels - Biology, Chemistry, Physics - if taken with one of the Awarding Bodies in England.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

We consider applications from students offering an EPQ and may make an alternative offer to include three A levels, one grade lower than our usual requirement, along with a specific grade in the EPQ.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of five GCSE passes to include English and Maths at grade C or 4 or an acceptable equivalent will be required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

665 in HL subjects, to include HL Chemistry.

Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from students currently studying Level 3 BTEC qualifications and will consider you for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses. The typical entry requirements will vary according to the course you are applying for. Some of our courses require specific subject knowledge which you may not be able to cover as part of a Level 3 BTEC qualification and we may therefore require additional Level 3 qualifications to ensure that you are suitably prepared for relevant courses. A small number of our courses do not accept BTEC qualifications for entry, either as a standalone qualification, or in combination with other qualifications at Level 3. Information on our typical entry requirements and guidance for applying can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/btec/ If you are at all unsure about the acceptability of your BTEC qualification for entry, please contact the Admissions team for individual advice (admissions@qmul.ac.uk).

UCAS Tariff

136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Our biochemistry programmes benefit from having world-leading researchers in both biology and chemistry together in one department. You will study the ways in which both disciplines interact in living organisms, and learn how this underpins our understanding of biological and medical science. Our Biochemistry MSci includes a fourth year where you undertake an extended research project and advanced modules, which will give you invaluable research experience. This is an attractive option for anyone considering a career in research - be that in academic or industry - or who is interested in developing advanced anayltical skills.Initially, you will study organic and physical chemistry, as well as genetics and cell biology; you will then go onto study topics such as macromolecular protein assemblies and cell-signalling, as well as the biochemistry of disease, cell biology and differentiation. The application of molecular concepts to complex biological systems is at the cutting edge of science in the 21st century. You will learn about the key biochemical concepts and the chemistry that underpins them, as well as the real-world applications of these principles in fields such as biotechnology and medicine. You will divide your time between chemistry and biology, although the balance can be adjusted to suit your interests.

Modules

Each programme is made up of a range of compulsory and optional modules. Our more specialist programmes have a carefully tailored module structure, whereas our general Biochemistry programme (C700) has a very broad range of options in Year 2 and 3. Our Biochemistry MSci (C701) includes a fourth year where you undertake an extended research project. You can also opt for a year in industry/research (3W45) spending your third year working in the pharmaceutical industry (subject to performance and interview) or carrying out an extended research project. For a full module breakdown visit the programme page.

Assessment methods

Please refer to our website for information on assessment.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Mary University of London

Department:

Biological and Chemical Sciences

TEF rating:

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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.

80%
med
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

77%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

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.

£19,240
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
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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