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University of Manchester

Medical Biochemistry (4 years) [MSci]

UCAS Code: 6K47

Master of Science - MSci

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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.

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/

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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.

79%
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Medical biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

84%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
79%
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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.

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