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University of Leicester

Medical Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C720

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. General Studies is not accepted. If you have only one science A-level, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Pass relevant science diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including 30 at distinction. A strong science Access course preferred. Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer BBB + EPQ at grade B. A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. General Studies not accepted. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics if not held at A/AS level

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

with a minimum of 17/16 points at HL, to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two Higher Level science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Mathematics, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if IELTS 6.5 or equivalent not held. If you hold a one science HL profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, plus standard GCSE requirements. Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

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

DDD

Applied Science. Applied Science (Medical Science), Applied Science (Forensic Science) diploma content required, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.. Please contact Admissions Office before applying. Other subjects may be considered if supplemented by an additional A-level science grade B or above. This is reviewed on a case-by-case subject to review of your overall academic portfolio and application.

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. If you hold a one science profile, please contact the Admissions office with your full academic portfolio before applying.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Biological sciences

Medical biochemistry

This is for you if... you want to understand the role of biochemistry and molecular biology in understanding, diagnosing and treating disease

Modules

All of our Medical Sciences students follow a common Year 1 with modules that cover biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology, genetics, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, in addition to a dedicated medical bioscience module. Throughout the year, you will gain practical experience in the laboratory classes associated with each module and have the opportunity to discuss topics in the tutorials that form an integral part of the learning process. In Year 2 a combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop your interests in specific areas of the science. You will also undertake a core module aimed at developing your research skills. In the final year, you will continue the process of developing your interests through the selection of core and optional modules. You will also undertake a laboratory- or a library-based research project on a topic that particularly interests you.

Assessment methods

The core content for each module will usually be delivered through lectures, which may include practical demonstrations. Individual lecture styles vary considerably, depending on the topic – and the lecturer! Alongside lectures you will attend tutorials, in which a small group of students meets with a member of staff for an hour to discuss and explore topics, or solve problems as a group. Some tutorials will require you to research a particular topic beforehand.
All of our Biological and Medical Sciences courses are practical degrees with strong emphasis on lab work and fieldwork, and the skills involved in these. Practical classes take place in well-equipped labs, under the guidance of academic staff and postgraduate demonstrators.
A significant part of your final year will be spent on an individual research study which will form the basis of your dissertation.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

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.

80%
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.

Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

88%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

Biosciences

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
75%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Caring personal services
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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.

£17k

£17k

£26k

£26k

£21k

£21k

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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