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Biochemistry MBiol, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    From understanding diseases to revolutionising forensics, biochemistry sits at the heart of modern bioscience in society and has had a profound influence in the field of medicine.

    Biochemistry is a practical laboratory science that applies the molecular approaches of chemistry to the vast variety of biological systems, providing an understanding of every aspect of the structure and function of living things at a molecular level.

    You’ll learn from scientists at the forefront of this exciting area, and develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge highly respected by employers.

    This course will give you strong career options in an expanding industry. You’ll graduate with a valuable understanding of both the basic principles and latest developments in biochemistry.

    Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll develop tailored biochemistry skills, undertake an extended research project and study advanced biochemistry topics.

    Accreditation

    This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

  • Course content

    Year one of the Biochemistry course provides you with an integrated foundation to the subject including the key elements of biochemistry, chemistry and molecular biology. The focus will be on the molecules and processes of life and you will attend lectures in “hot topics” given by Faculty experts and invited external speakers which will introduce you to cutting edge research.

    In year two, you'll focus on more in-depth studies of the major areas that underpin modern biochemistry. Tutorials will emphasise data analysis, problem solving and the interpretation of research literature, whilst practicals will see you take more responsibility in experimental design.

    With a greater focus on research, the MBiol will offer you research preparation modules in year three as well as Masters level modules and an extended research project in your fourth year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life 60 credits
    • Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills 20 credits
    • Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • How can Biological Sciences change the world 10 credits
    • Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
    • Biology of the Mind 10 credits
    • Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
    • Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits
    • Introduction to Immunology 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry 60 credits
    • Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals 20 credits
    • Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Exercise Biochemistry 10 credits
    • Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
    • Chemotherapy 10 credits
    • Introduction to Toxicology 10 credits
    • Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University 10 credits
    • Medical Immunology 10 credits
    • Medical Virology 10 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 2 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3 20 credits
    • Advanced Biochemistry: Skills 20 credits
    • Research Tools and Applications 20 credits
    • Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Extended Research Project 80 credits
    • Specialised Research Topics and Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Bioimaging 10 credits
    • Topics in Plant Science 10 credits
    • Practical Bioinformatics 10 credits
    • Tissue Engineering 10 credits
    • Plant Biotechnology 10 credits
    • Molecular Diagnostics and Drug Delivery 10 credits
    • High-throughput Technologies 10 credits
    • Medical Diagnostics 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Biochemistry MBiol, BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

    Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

    Assessment

    We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA

    Including Chemistry and another science subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

    We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

    Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

    GCSE: Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      We do not accept Access to HE.

    • BTEC

      We do not accept BTEC qualification.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3/D3/D3 including D3 in Chemistry plus another science subject.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Chemistry and another science at higher level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1 in Chemistry and another science at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers including Chemistry and another science subject.

      Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

      Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      AAA including Chemistry and another science subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.


    Over the past 100 years, biochemists have been responsible for the huge number of important scientific breakthroughs that have helped to develop our understanding of living organisms. These dicoveries have had a big impact on many areas of science, including biotechnology, agriculture, veterinary science and medicine.

    Biochemistry graduates find employment in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries, where the development of new, green biocatalysts and the continuing expansion in nanotechnology, synthetic biology and tissue engineering promises excellent and exciting opportunities for many years to come.

    Our graduates provide attributes that are sought after in many other professional settings such as cancer research, vaccine and drug development, tackling infectious diseases, biotechnology and crop improvement.

    Biochemistry graduates find themselves with excellent graduate prospects. 97% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14). This makes for an attractive course for those pursuing a career in the ever developing field of biochemistry.

    Careers support

    We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    Industrial placements are typically taken between your third and final year. This will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

    Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.


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