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University of Portsmouth

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

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

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science). To include a minimum of 9 credits in Biology and 9 credits in Chemistry based subjects at Merit or above.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include Biology and Chemistry, with a Principal Subject in either Biology or Chemistry at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry, with 6 points from a Higher Level in either Biology or Chemistry. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include Biology and Chemistry, with either Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a Science subject.

112 Tariff points, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, including Biology and Chemistry, with 40 points from either A level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Biochemistry

**Overview**
Are you a budding scientist, ready to expand your knowledge and learn how to use biological chemistry to revolutionise research and explore the fascinating world of molecules, genes and cells?

On this BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree course, you'll explore life at its most fundamental level. You’ll examine the way cells and molecules work and discover how this knowledge can help fight disease, edit genomes, develop new sources of fuel and biofuels, and explain human and animal development.

Fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course can lead to career paths in academic and industrial research, teaching, forensic science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and the health service. On completion you can apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This means it's recognised in the industry and assures future employers that you have the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in biochemistry.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you'll:
- Learn to become a professional scientist with the latest theory backed up by lab training

- Study genes and cells, how they work at molecular level and clone DNA in practical classes

- Understand the role of biochemistry in developing fuel and biofuels, fighting disease, and researching animal and human development

- Learn from academic staff who are doing trailblazing research into epigenetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, microbiology and molecular biophysics

- Get involved with the European Xenopus Resource Centre, one of the largest frog resource facilities in the world

- Access our molecular biology research labs, globally regarded as some of the best available at a university

- Use the latest tech such as X-ray diffractometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and instrumentation for protein purification

- Have the opportunity to apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university

- Careers and opportunities

**What can you do with a Biochemistry degree?**
There are many career paths a BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree can lead you to. Previous students have gone on to do valuable work in fields such as:
- industrial research

- academic research leading to a PhD

- biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

- science teaching

- the health service

- scientific writing and the media

Modules

The first year of this course provides you with a complete overview of biology, from the large to the small. Core units in this year include an introduction to cell biology and biochemistry, biodiversity and evolution, molecular and microbiology, perspectives in biochemistry, experimental biology and graduate skills. In the second year you will continue to develop your practical lab skills and begin to hone your research techniques, ready for your project in the final year. You will also have the option to study a foreign language. One of the highlights will be a week long intensive laboratory course in genetic engineering. In your third year you will choose from a variety of specialist topics and undertake a novel research project or dissertation in an area of biochemistry or genome science that interests and excites you.

Assessment methods

When it comes to assessment, you will have written exams at the end of every year. We will also assess you through coursework in the form of essays and practical write-ups, presentations, online multiple choice questions, data analysis problems and a research project in the final year.

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
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science 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.

92%
high
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

100%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
94%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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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