BSc

Biochemistry (with integrated year in industry)

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

BSc Biochemistry (with integrated year in industry) Code C701 Register for an Open Day Register for an Open Day

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Key Facts

Code C701
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Chemistry. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our new Biochemistry degree with integrated year in industry. This course is engineered to give you a head start in an increasingly competitive job market, and upon successful completion of this degree, you will also have developed the skills and competencies which all employers are seeking.

This degree will explore the techniques that have revolutionised the study of cell biology, biological chemistry, metabolism, and molecular genetics. The course will prepare you for careers in areas specifically related to the discipline, such as biomedical science, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited DegreeWhy study Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017).
  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Biochemistry (C700). Your placement will be relevant to the degree and the year is assessed, counting towards your final degree grade.
  • Students will organise their work placement under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to the sister course BSc Biochemistry C700).
  • During your year in industry, you will pay a discounted tuition fee.
  • This degree will give you a solid foundation in the study of cellular, molecular and chemical biology.
  • We will nurture both your intellectual curiosity and your general scientific practice.
  • The subject is taught within an internationally recognised centre of excellence, by enthusiastic experts in the Biochemistry field.
  • The University has state-of- the- art teaching facilities with over £55 million pounds invested.
  • The Biochemistry teaching staff are recognised as expert and innovative educators.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biological Molecules BR15810 10
Cell Biology BR13910 10
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Evolution and the Diversity of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Metabolism BR12010 10
Microbial Diversity * BR12110 10
Molecular Biochemistry BR13720 20
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Study and Communication Skills * BR12410 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Practical Skills for Biochemists BR22920 20
Proteins and Enzymes BR26620 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Chromosome Dynamics BR21820 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Practical and Professional Skills in Microbiology * BR24720 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience BRS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biochemistry and Pharmacology BR31220 20
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics BR31420 20
Data-Handling for Biochemists BR32110 10
Dissertation * BR32330 30
Microbes in Industry and Research BR33620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Gene Expression and Developmental Genetics BR33320 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

A degree in Biochemistry will prepare you for a career in Biomedical science, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical research.

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

 Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, jpc11@aber.ac.uk). If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you will explore:

  • Genetics and the chemical basis of biology and metabolism.
  • Animals, plants and microbes at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels
  • Physiology, muscle and locomotion, nutrition, endocrinology, cardiovascular respiratory systems and homeostasis

In your second year you will discover:

  • Cell biology
  • Immunology
  • Chromosomes
  • Molecular biology
  • Qualitative and Quantitative procedures of data analysis

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that is relative to this degree BSc Biochemistry.

In your final year you will study and undertake:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbes
  • A research dissertation

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through;

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Posters
  • Literature reviews
  • Exams

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in Chemistry. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Chemistry at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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