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University of Leeds

Medical Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C741
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, abroad 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136-144

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB-AAA

AAA-AAB from three A2 levels including Chemistry and another science subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA-AAB

AAA-AAB from three Advanced Highers, including Chemistry and another science subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: PE, Geography, use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

BTEC Diploma
D

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Chemistry (although alternative science subjects will be considered). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be Chemistry. The required BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices. Alternative science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Maths and Physics.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
D

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Chemistry (although alternative science subjects will be considered). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be Chemistry. The required BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices. Alternative science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Maths and Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 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

90%

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

Not available

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

On this course you will study key aspects of biochemistry, with a specific focus on areas related to human health and diseases. Through modules based around areas such as viruses, protein folding, and cancer therapy you will develop a strong understanding of the role biochemistry has in medicine. The skills you develop will allow you to pursue scientific specific careers such as roles within the pharmaceutical industries, as well as giving you the option to pursue more general graduate careers.

Modules

University of Leeds

Brotherton Library

Studying at the University of Leeds and becoming a member of Leeds University Union will provide you with an experience like no other. The campus nestled in the heart of Leeds is a hive of activity from world-class research to inspirational academic lectures and exceptional Union events. We have more than 300 clubs and societies for sports, dance, media, politics and volunteering.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

28%
72%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
52%
48%

Year 1

59%
39%
2%

Year 2

55%
45%

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 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

98%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

67%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
428 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are natural and social science 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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