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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 Chemistry and one of Biology, 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 the second Hard Science. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally considered as separate A-levels, e.g. 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. Typical contextual offer: AAB-ABC (including specific subjects). For further information on contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/

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.

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.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,M1,M1

We accept D3,D3,D3 to D3,M1,M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U, including Chemistry and one other science subject. 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. The qualification can form part of your offer condition when taken in combination with two science A-levels or equivalent.

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 (e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) cannot be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-33

36-33 points overall with 6,6,6 to 6,5,5 at Higher Level including Chemistry and another 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).

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

DD

The reformed Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science at Grades DD is accepted when taken with two A-levels including Grade A in Chemistry and a minimum of grade B in any other subject.

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

D

All level 3 BTEC qualifications at Grade D or above, except the National Certificate, are accepted when taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required) including Chemistry.

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

DDD

The reformed Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science at Grades DDD is accepted when taken with Chemistry A-level at grade A.

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

D

All level 3 BTEC qualifications at Grade D or above, except the National Certificate, are accepted when taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required) including Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-B,B,B

We require Grades AAB-BBB in three Scottish Advanced Highers including Chemistry and another science subject, normally Biology. Scottish Highers (minimum BB required) can only be accepted in combination with two Advanced Highers in science subjects (at Grades AA-BB). Students with Highers only may be considered for the Foundation Year.

We require Grades AAB-BBB in three Scottish Advanced Highers including Chemistry and another science subject, normally Biology. Scottish Highers (minimum BB required) can only be accepted in combination with two Advanced Highers in science subjects (at Grades AA-BB). Students with Highers only may be considered for the Foundation Year.

We accept AA-AB in two science subjects including Chemistry at A-level, and a pass in the practical assessments, plus a pass in the core component at Grade B or above.

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 | 2019

Subject

Medical 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.Our course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology , which recognises academic excellence in the biosciences and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. **Special Features****Foundation year available** You can prepare for the full degree course if you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry by undertaking our foundation course first. **Flexibility to transfer between courses** You can transfer between most of our biological sciences degree courses at the end of your first year or, in some cases, later.

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
£23,000
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/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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.

83%
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

92%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
82%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Business, research and administrative 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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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