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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£14.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Chemistry and (Biology or Mathematics or Physics).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
32

6 5 5 at higher level including Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£4,030

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Biochemistry is the molecular basis of life. It applies chemical principles to some of the most exciting problems in the life sciences, explains how drugs work, helps us understand what goes wrong in diseases and enables 'genetic engineering'. Consequently, the subject is essential to drug discovery, biotechnology and biomedical research. Biochemists investigate the structures, functions and biological roles of molecules involved in metabolism, cell signalling and the transmission of genetic information. In addition to the BSc Honours, we now offer students the opportunity to study for an MSci Honours degree, which is an integrated, undergraduate Masters degree, aimed at high-achieving students who are considering careers in biochemical research.

Modules

Year 0: 2 modules each of chemistry and biology, and preferably 2 in pure mathematics. Year 1: 6 modules in total: introductory module in biochemistry; 1 or 2 chemistry modules; further modules are selected usually from: genetics and molecular biology; micro-organisms; human structure and function; mathematics. Year 2: 6 modules: physical and analytical biochemistry; molecular enzymology; molecular genetics; microbial metabolism and physiology; mammalian biochemistry; and cell biology (recommended). Year 3: 2-module research project; 4 taught option modules. Instruction is through integrated lectures, practicals and tutorials; assessment by examinations and continuous assessment.

Queen's University Belfast

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Queen's University Belfast, a Russell Group university, provides an exceptional education underpinned by world-class research. With a new library, sporting facilities, employability opportunities, one of the best students' unions in the UK and Ireland, and a social life second to none - including one of the best NI gig venues - the Queen's community offers a life-changing student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

17%
83%

Year 2

12%
88%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
64%
13%
23%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

79%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

83%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
57% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
385 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £14.5k LOW
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

7%

Graduates who are quality and regulatory professionals

7%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Like some other biology-related courses, graduates of this subject had a difficult time in the recession and, although outcomes for these graduates appear to be improving, they are currently a bit worse than we would usually expect. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications, but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot of options. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are rather more likely than the average to start their career in London.
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