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University of Huddersfield

Medical Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C741

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

including a grade B in Chemistry, plus C in 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 relevant science subjects.

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

DMM

in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in 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 C in another relevant Science subject.

75%
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

Medical biochemistry

**If you’re considering a biological sciences degree and you like the idea of focusing on a field that has made major contributions to the development of new drugs and the treatment of diseases, then our Medical Biochemistry BSc(Hons) course could be ideal. Study with us and you could open up all kinds of opportunities in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and wider areas of healthcare.**

When it comes to our understanding of the molecular processes that cause degenerative disease and cancer, biochemistry has played a truly vital role. It is groundbreaking work in this field that has led to our knowledge of the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins and that holds the promise of further breakthroughs in treatment in the future.

During this course you’ll be able to build your own knowledge and skills to develop a firm foundation in the molecular and cellular aspects of biology and the principles of drug action. As your studies with us progress, you’ll begin to focus on disease processes in modules such as epidemiology and pharmacology, paving the way for investigating more advanced topics such as molecular medicine and metabolic disease in your final year.

You will focus not only on theory, but will also gain practical, hands-on experience. In the lab sessions you’ll be able to get to grips with industry-standard equipment and in your third year you can choose to try out your skills for real during a supervised work placement. It’s all designed to help get you ready for a successful career beyond graduation. And as a further boost for your CV, studying on this course means you can become a student undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society (http://www.biochemistry.org/Membership/Join/Undergraduate.aspx) and the Physiological Society (UK) (http://www.physoc.org/membership).

Modules

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

Core modules:
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry 2
Molecular Aspects of Drug Action
Research Skills 2
Genomes and Evolution

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Analytical Science 2
Cell Biology
Epidemiology and Public Health

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final Year
Core modules:
Research Project
Biochemistry 3
Advanced Physiology
Mechanisms and Pathology of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include-
Applied Molecular Genetics
Immunology and Infection
Genomics
Medical Genetics

Assessment methods

Assessment will include written exams, multiple choice questions, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and assessment of laboratory skills. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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://www.hud.ac.uk/sas/scholarships/

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Biological 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.

85%
med
Medical 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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

96%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
18%
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
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
100%
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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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medical biochemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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