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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
81% MED
% employed or in further study
95% 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

Chemistry and one other science subject; for any A Level Science subject taken (where assessed separately) a Pass is required in the practical element.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA

AA in the Advanced Highers in Chemistry and one other science, plus AABBB in the Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Award
D

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

International Baccalaureate
34

To include 6 and 5 points from higher level Chemistry and another science at higher level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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

91%

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

£9,250

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

This course provides thorough training in contemporary biochemistry, with a solid foundation of core modules offered alongside a diverse range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests. These modules are taught by expert teaching staff from the different areas of life sciences, including biochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists, and cell biologists, ensuring you receive an exceptional breadth of knowledge. You will gain laboratory experience as an integral part of your degree, engaging in activities such as practical gene cloning and analysing proteins and enzymes in our specialist facilities.

Modules

Year 1: Molecular structure and bonding; introductory practical biochemistry; chemical equilibria, rate processes and spectroscopy; biochemical skills; fundamentals of biochemistry. Year 2: Laboratory analysis of proteins and enzymes; proteins: structure and function; biochemistry dissertation; structure and function of macromolecules. Year 3: Biochemistry of disease; biochemistry research project; advanced biochemistry. Optional modules: Microbiology; introduction to neuroscience; basic molecular pharmacology; amino acids and synthesis; inorganic chemistry; genomic detectives: a virtual molecular analysis of human disease; intracellular and trans-membrane transport; cancer genetics; chemical biology and enzymes; advanced biochemistry of cancer.

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

11%
89%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
70%
28%
2%

Year 1

67%
33%

Year 2

67%
26%
7%

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 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

63%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
54% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
420 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

9%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

4%

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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