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University of Huddersfield

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

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.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

to include modules in relevant science subjects.

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in relevant science subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in Applied Science . Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at grade C or above.

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in Chemistry at A Level, plus another relevant Science subject.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biochemistry

**From the tallest tree to the smallest cell, all life stems from biochemical processes. Investigating these processes right down to the molecular level has brought about huge leaps in our understanding across many disciplines – from evolution and reproduction to disease prevention and engineering. Biochemical research will be extremely important in the coming decades. If you want to be part of it then this course could be a great place to start. Biochemistry is the investigation of the chemical processes that leads to life and the processes of metabolic regulation, nervous integration and information storage by biochemical systems. 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.**

- This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (https://www.rsb.org.uk/education/accreditation)

- 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.

- 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 this course you’ll be able to apply for undergraduate membership of the Biochemical Society (https://www.biochemistry.org/Membership/Join/Undergraduate.aspx) and The Physiological Society (UK) (https://www.physoc.org/undergraduate-membership). You’ll also be eligible for student affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Biology (https://www.rsb.org.uk/membership) and upon successful graduation be eligible to apply for one year associate membership (https://www.rsb.org.uk/membership/individual-membership/membership-benefits), this can help open up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details - http://hud.ac/di8

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Biochemistry 1
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Analytical Science 1
Organic Chemistry 1
Research Skills
Physiology 1: Structure and Function

Year 2
Core modules:
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry 2
Genomes and Evolution
Research Skills 2
Analytical Science 2
Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-
Cell Biology
Molecular Aspects of Drug Action

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final year
Core modules:
Research Project
Biochemistry 3
Applied Molecular Genetics
Genomics
Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include-
Advanced Physiology
Medical Genetics
Immunology and Infection
Mechanisms and Pathology of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases

Assessment methods

Assessment will include project work, assignments, and examinations. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details - http://hud.ac/di8

More details - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Biological Sciences (SBIOLSCI)

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.

84%
med
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

93%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
66%
Male students
34%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Science, engineering and production technicians
17%
Natural and social science professionals
17%
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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