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University of Manchester

Medical Biochemistry (4 years) [MSci]

UCAS Code: 6K47

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

We require grades AAA-ABB, including two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (“the Hard Sciences”). You must have a grade A in at least one Hard Science and pass the practical assessments in these subjects. If your grades are AAB or higher, we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the Hard Sciences. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels, eg Further Maths is not considered alongside Maths and Human Biology is not considered alongside Biology. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the offer. Your offer will be based on the above criteria as well as your predicted grades and past performance.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Each application is considered individually. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances. In general, we require 60 credits overall, with 45 at level 3. The level 3 units must be made up of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction. We will also consider applications from applicants whose course has allowed only 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, with the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

We normally require 3 full A levels. We may exceptionally accept two AS-levels at grades AB or higher in place of the third non-science A-level. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A-B

We require AA-AB in two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry at A-level and a pass in the practical assessments if applicable. We also require a pass in the core component at grade B or above.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,D3-D3,M1,M1

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, M1, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects. The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, the qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require a minimum of grade C (or 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) in English Language and Mathematics. Applied GCSE Mathematics courses (eg WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) cannot be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-37

37-32 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including two sciences, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


We require H2 in Chemistry and an H2 in one other science subject, normally Biology. We accept A2, A2, A2, A2, B1 to A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 with an A in Chemistry and an A in one other science subject, normally Biology.

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

The following qualification is only accepted when taken with two A-level sciences (minimum AB required)

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-B,B,B

Scottish Advanced Highers We require AAB-BBB including two science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Highers We do not accept Scottish Highers on their own. They are only accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Two Scottish Highers at grades BB or higher are acceptable in place of the third non-science Advanced Higher subject. Applicants with Scottish Highers only may be considered for the foundation year.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

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

67%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Our MSci Medical Biochemistry course will enable you to achieve an integrated master's degree while you study for a BSc, giving you significant research experience that will be invaluable for a PhD and a career in research.

You will study the functioning of normal and diseased organisms from a biochemical point of view, receiving a fundamental grounding in the principles of biochemistry.

As you progress, optional course units may show you how biochemistry allows us to understand and treat diseases. Subject areas include the molecular biology of cancer, cell cycle control and genetic diseases.

In Year 4, you will undertake a major research project in one of the University's more than 200 research labs to achieve your undergraduate master's award.

This course is designed for biochemists considering a career in research into the biochemical basis of disease and therapeutic medicine.

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
£22,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate
446

After graduation


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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.

95%
med
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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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