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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
78% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BBB at A Level including a grade B in Chemistry, plus another relevant Science subject. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Chemistry and Any subject related to the course.

BTEC Diploma
MDD

in Applied Science. Alternatively, BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another science A level at grade C or above (the endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

Applied Science. Alternatively, BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A level at grade C or above (the endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course).

International Baccalaureate
31

including Chemistry, plus another relevant Science subject.

UCAS tariff points
120

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

100%

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

£9,250

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 investigation of the chemical processes that lead to life. The processes of metabolic regulation, nervous integration and information storage by biochemical systems leads to life. The ability of biological machines to reproduce and pass on information of our evolutionary history are all driven by chemical processes that are in themselves becoming very well understood and well characterised at the molecular level. The next leap for biochemistry will be to explain the complexity of living processes such as consciousness at the level of chemistry: this has the potential to revolutionize areas of science such as computation. Biochemical research has the capacity to unlock stem cell therapies and overcome cancer and dementia. It also has much to offer engineering in advanced materials and novel solutions to problems that have evolved over billions of years. The potential for biochemical research in the coming decades is vast and the course is the starting point for many areas of further study and application in industry. All our teaching staff are educated to doctoral level in their respective subject areas and have expertise in most areas of biological sciences. As a student on the course you'll be eligible for student undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society (www.biochemistry.org/Membership/Join/Undergraduate.aspx) and The Physiological Society (UK) (www.physoc.org/membership). The Royal Society of Chemistry (www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/join) also recognises the course for admission as an associate member. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using scientific instrumentation in our modern biological sciences labs. In the third year of your course, you'll also have the chance to benefit from a work placement. This could help you to gain relevant real-world experience and enhance your future employability prospects.

Modules

Year 1: Macromolecules and metabolism; cells and genes; analytical chemistry; organic chemistry; study skills for biologists; quantitative biology. Year 2: Molecular genetics; proteins; genetic systems; case study in biochemistry; analytical science; option. Year 3: Optional sandwich year spent on work experience. Final year: Research project (double module); enzymes and metabolic disease; immunology and cancer; genetic engineering; option.

University of Huddersfield

The campus at sunset

The University of Huddersfield was named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2013, an award supported by outstanding support for students at all levels. The university is in the top ten in the UK for graduate employability and teaching excellence and the number one mainstream university in England for assessment and feedback. Combine this with our record for supporting work placements and student enterprise and you will find there is a lot more to Huddersfield than meets the eye.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
32%
68%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

37%
63%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
40%
32%
28%

Year 1

50%
20%
30%

Year 2

35%
52%
13%

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 85%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

74%

Feedback on work has been prompt

100%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

95%

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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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
313 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
62% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are other administrative occupations

8%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

13%

Graduates who are health professionals

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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