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

136-144

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB-AAA

Chemistry and at least one other science subject from: Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geography. Science practical components must be passed.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA-AB

Chemistry and one or two other sciences from: Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geography

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 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

90%

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

From DNA to proteins, from single molecules to cells, biochemistry answers the ultimate questions about how living organisms work. Our BSc Biochemistry degree programme provides in depth training in biochemistry, with core subjects in your first and second year and opportunities to specialise in year three. Our flexible course system offers a wide range of options, with a year out in industry for those who want to gain experience in an industrial setting. Our teaching staff are actively engaged in research into the molecular basis of disease, genetics and the control of gene expression, oncology, structural biology, DNA recognition and cell signalling.

Modules

Year 1: Core subjects: Cell metabolism; genes and the control of gene expression; cell physiology; protein and peptide structure and functions; practical training in techniques such as PCR, SDS-PAGE analysis of proteins, chromatography and enzyme assays. Year 2: Core subjects: Molecular and cell biochemistry; structure and function of proteins; biochemical techniques and methods; the flow of genetic information; options from other units in the school of biological sciences or from other disciplines. Year 3: Research project; lecture units in topics such as molecular recognition, molecular cell biology, biochemistry of cell membranes, genes and genetic disorders, biomedical technology, molecular basis of human disease, and current approaches in biomedical research; options in immunology, cellular pathology, microbiology, selective cytotoxicity and virology.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

23%
77%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
71%
23%
6%

Year 1

74%
26%

Year 2

75%
19%
6%

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 94%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

76%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
43% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
383 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

11%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

11%

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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