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Swansea University

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

At least 24 Distinctions and 15 Merits in Level 3 Credits including Distinctions in ALL Biology and Chemistry modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

Including good HL grades in Chemistry and Biology.

5 Higher subjects at min. H3 inc. Biology = H2 & Chemistry = H2

Distinction (D) in a relevant BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 units) is accepted in place of one A-Level (A2) (other than Chemistry or Biology).

Scottish Advanced Higher at equivalent grade is accepted in place of any A-Level (A2).

Welsh Baccalaureate at equivalent grade is accepted in place of one A-Level (A2) (other than Chemistry or Biology).

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that occur within living organisms. It is also referred to as chemical biology, molecular cell biology, and the biology of the living cell. Biochemists develop new ideas and products that are applied to the biggest challenges we face today. Biochemists help us to understand the process of life itself. The Biochemistry course is intended for students who have studied both Chemistry and Biology to A-Level (or equivalent). We do also consider some students without biology qualifications. This course will appeal to students who are enthusiastic about understanding the molecular basis of life processes across a wide range of organisms. This degree will: train you to work in areas such as drug development, and the development of new crops and agrochemicals. prepare you for further study that enables you to take up research positions in industry. provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills.In the final year, you will complete a research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist. By working as an independent researcher, you will develop effective project management skills and will be trained to design experiments and plan work programmes.This degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical and food industries. Our graduates have gone on to employment or further study in: university research, industrial research & development, clinical sciences, teaching, forensics, scientific management, medical sales, scientific publicity,graduate-entry medicine.SOME HIGHLIGHTS: *A progressive teaching and research environment with superb facilities for project work. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which compared all UK research, we received the highest score for our excellent research environment and were second highest for overall research quality.*High levels of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.*Exceptional graduate employability in these subject areas.*Located in one of the UKs fastest growing Medical Schools teaching Graduate Entry Medicine (ranked 3rd in the UK). (Students are expected to provide their own lab coat and safety glasses for laboratory practical classes and project work. There will be an opportunity to obtain these after arrival at Swansea. A reading list will be made available before the course begins to all applicants holding offers of places.)

Modules

Students study 120 credits per year made up of modules of 10, 20 or more credits. For the latest info, visit our website [ http://www.swan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine/bscbiochemistry/ ] and look under Description for a spreadsheet comparing the modules available & links to further details from the module catalogue.

Assessment methods

A wide variety of assessment methods is used in addition to the more traditional written exams, essays, lab reports and project dissertations. Students may undertake coursework such as: online web assignments, online problem solving, poster production, talks, slide presentations, screencasts, and literature reviews. Some of these tasks develop group work skills.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Genetics

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.

89%
high
Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

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.

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

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
Business, finance and related associate 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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