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University of Reading

Biochemistry

UCAS Code: C700

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include Biology and Chemistry.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Biology and Chemistry at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Biology and Chemistry at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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

97%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biochemistry

Be taught by experts in their fields and learn about the molecular foundation of life itself. Biochemistry is at the forefront of understanding how molecules control and affect life, and an appreciation of these concepts allows biochemists to answer life’s fundamental questions and contribute to resolving critical biological problems such as designing drugs to treat cancer or even bacteria that can clean up an oil spill.

We have a purpose-built microbiology building and our facilities include tissue culture suites, multicolour flow cytometry, real-time PCR, digital gel scanning and documentation, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, ultra-centrifuges and equipment for the large-scale growth and harvesting of microbial and animal cells.

A speciality of the degree is in the biochemistry of disease and you will discover how it affects the body at a molecular level, as well as how drugs and other treatments work.

There is a strong practical element to the course and you will learn and develop skills in carrying out fundamental cellular, molecular and biochemical techniques, including live cell microscopy, DNA and protein technology, microbial and molecular genetics, and cell culture.

Optional field courses run throughout the degree with previous locations including Devon, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland and Colombia. In your final year, there is the opportunity to engage in an 11-week research project where you can apply your skills and knowledge to a biochemical research question.

We support and provide advice on finding placements during your time with us, with previous students having undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by external organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Biochemical Society.

**Careers**

The subject-specific and transferable skills and knowledge that this course equips you with are well regarded in both the scientific and non-scientific job sectors, opening up a wide range of career paths to you. Science-related careers can be in the areas of laboratory work, science sales and management, science communication and patenting, or you may decide to take up a research career or move into further study.

Recent graduates from this course have gone to find work with the Medical Research Council, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Boots and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Fundamentals of organic chemistry
* Protein structure and function
* Venoms and poisons
* Cancer and cell communication
* Genes, lifestyle and nutrition

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Biological Sciences

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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
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
14%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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