Modern biochemistry is at the forefront of breakthroughs in drug discoveries, biotechnology and forensic science. You will use chemical and molecular approaches to solve problems in pathology, pharmacology, physiology and genetics and answer the ultimate questions about how living organisms work.
We provide in-depth training in biochemistry with core subjects in your first and second years and opportunities to specialise in year three. You will be exploring key scientific concepts, exploring the building blocks of life from single molecules to entire cells, examining the structure and function of biomolecules and how they are organised in living systems. In year four, masters students will undertake a research based project in an area such as molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, structural biology or plant biochemistry.
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All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
The programme is offered as a full-time course. The MSci programme normally lasts for four years.
Opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of two key areas of science, chemistry and biological sciences
Advanced research projects with our world-leading scientists, one Chemistry and one Biochemistry
A respected scientific degree suitable for careers in industry or further academic study
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||If you are not studying Maths at A level (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University), we prefer an A or 7 grade in GCSE Mathematics, but a B or 6 grade will be considered. Otherwise, our minimum requirements is grade C or 4 in English. This is supplementary to your A level (or equivalent) qualifications.|
Our typical offers for students who are studying 3 A-levels are:
AAA, for students taking Chemistry and Biology.
Each application is considered on its own merit. Standard offers are made based on the application as a whole, including combination of subjects taken, and predicted grades. Offers may be subject to adjustment, based on discussion with the applicant, formal interview (if deemed necessary), or on a contextual basis. Under certain circumstances we may make an offer to an individual applicant which differs from those outlined above.
Students studying Chemistry, without Biology, will not be eligible for this programme, as A-Level Biology is a pre-requisite. We may also in some circumstances, recommend an alternative offer for the BSc or one of our MChem programmes. However, our flexible programme structure would allow transfer from BSc to single-honours MChem programmes, pending good performance in Year 1. Transfer to MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry may be possible, provided the student studies and passes the pre-requisite Biochemistry-related modules in Year 1.
|International Baccalaureate||36 points on the IB scale, with a 6 in Chemistry and a 6 in Biology Higher Level.
IB students studying Chemistry, without Biology at Higher Level, will not be eligible for this programme, as Higher Level Biology is a pre-requisite.|
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
AAAA(AA), to include Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A1, A1, A1, A1, A1, A1 to include Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level.
D3D3D3, to include Chemistry and Biology.
A in core (2015), plus A*A, to include Chemistry and Biology only.
Average of 85% or better across all units of study with a minimum of 8 in Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
- Average applications per place:
Once you have applied and submitted your application to study on this joint-honours MSci degree programme, your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival, we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we are prepared to make an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.
If we decide that we will be able to make you an offer, we will send confirmation of your offer, and invite you to visit us on one of our UCAS Visit Days as a Post-Offer Applicant.
We sometimes require a formal interview, prior to making an offer, to discuss aspects of your application, and to assess your Chemistry background in detail. In this case, you will be invited to attend one of our UCAS Visit Days, as a Pre-Offer Applicant.
The Chemistry UCAS Visit Day is your chance to get all the detailed information you need, experience the atmosphere and environment on a working day, and gain invaluable student feedback, to help you in making your decision at this stage in the application process.
You will have the opportunity to discuss anything related to your application and offer, in an informal Post-Offer Applicant meeting with a member of academic staff, or Pre-Offer Applicant interview.
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Foundation, BTEC and Access Courses in Chemistry
We welcome applications from Foundation Year, BTEC and Access to Higher Education Course students who have studied courses with a substantial component in chemistry and who have achieved a high standard in doing so. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are made on the basis of the particular course that you are studying and by interview (in most cases). Access Course and BTEC students are normally required to study on our Science Foundation Year programme before progressing on to their degree of choice, but exceptional candidates, identified with the aid of a reference request later in the UCAS cycle, may be accepted directly on to this MSci degree programme, subject to a successful formal interview.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma (overseas applicants)
We are happy to receive applications to study MSci Chemistry & Biochemistry from students who have taken college/polytechnic diplomas in chemistry and will make offers, usually for entry into the first year only. Second year entry is usually not possible, due to Year 1 programme requirements, unless the applicant has a suitable background in biochemistry.
Typical course content
The MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry degree contains a strong fundamental chemistry component, including all of the chemistry core modules in year 1, two thirds of the core modules in year two and access to a wide range of advances year 3 and year 4 modules.
The practical component includes two practical projects, in years 3 and 4, with one being led by Chemistry and the other Biological Sciences.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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In Part 1 (Year 1) there are 6 core modules and 2 compulsory modules which must be taken.
In Part 2 (year 2) there are 4 core and 4 compulsory modules.
There are 2 compulsory modules in part 3 (year 3) and 3 core modules including a research project.
CHEM2013 Atomic and Molecular Interactions or CHEM2015 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHEM2012 Change and Equilibrium or CHEM2016 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II
BIOL3013 Molecular recognition
CHEM6095 Advanced Organic Chemistry (Bioorganic)
BIOL3034 Laboratory Research Project or CHEM3012 Chemistry Research Project
CHEM2013 Atomic and Molecular Interactions
CHEM2015 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I
CHEM2012 Change and Equilibrium
CHEM2016 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II
BIOL3012 Cell Membranes
BIOL3015 Regulation of Gene Expression
BIOL3053 Spatial Ecology and Conservation
BIOL3017 The Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease
BIOL3018 Molecular Pharmacology
BIOL3022 Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
CHEM3002 Medicinal Chemistry
In Part 4 (Year 4) you will undertake an Advanced Research Project. Four modules are available to choose from an approved list.
CHEM6131 Chemistry Advanced Research Project
BIOL6022 Molecular Pharmacology
BIOL6023 Cellular signalling in health and disease
BIOL6027 Regulation of Gene Expression
BIOL6030 Molecular cell biology
BIOL6031 Cell Membranes
BIOL6032 Molecular Recognition
BIOL6033 Molecular Basis of Disease
BIOL6041 Biomedical Technology
CHEM6092 Medicinal Chemistry for MChem Students
CHEM6108 Synthesis of Natural Products and Pharmaceuticals
CHEM6109 Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM6112 Chemical Modelling
CHEM6137 Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
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£9,250 per year.
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part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
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