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University of Salford

Biochemistry with Studies in the USA

UCAS Code: C702

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

Entry requirements


104-120 UCAS points. At least two full A levels required, including grade C in A level Chemistry and Biology. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels is required.

Only accepted alongside at least two full A levels.

104-120 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in a suitable Science subject, including Biology and Chemistry.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or 4 (or above) in GCSE Maths and English is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry

104-120 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

D*D-D*D*

Suitable Science subject, including Biology and Chemistry.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

DMM

Suitable Science subject, including Biology and Chemistry.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

104-120 UCAS points from Higher Level, including C in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

UCAS Tariff

104-120
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Biochemistry

In brief:
Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology if successfully completed with a placement year.
Opportunities for work placements and overseas study, including a year in the USA.
Newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work.
Work/industrial placement opportunity.
International students can apply.

Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine, in agriculture and in many chemical and health related industries. Biochemistry is also unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.

You can opt to take this course with a year of study in the USA; an exchange programme with the University of Toledo in Ohio which has been running for over 30 years. The University of Toledo is considered to be a top global player when it comes to taking research from the laboratory to the world, and has been recognised by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the 22 most beautiful landscaped campuses in the United States.

At the University of Salford we pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that our students are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas that you can explore include: nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, natural products, biomarkers, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, skin modelling, lung diseases, biotechnology, toxicology and much more.

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. This provides graduates of this course with some excellent prospective career paths and our programme will ensure that you are fully equipped to take advantage of them.

Modules

Year one modules may include: Biological Chemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills, Study Skills. In year two at the University of Toledo, you can choose from a range of modules similar to those offered in year two of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your 1st year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo. Year three modules may include: Research Project and Professional Skills, Biotechnology, Biochemistry of Drugs and Diseases, Science and Industry, plus one from the following: Cancer: Bench to Bedside, Advances in Pathophysiology, Clinical Immunology.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Environment and Life Sciences

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.

80%
med
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
4%
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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Customer service occupations
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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