Biochemistry (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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Course Overview

In 2015 the Biochemistry course scored 100% for student satisfactionin the National Student Survey.

Keele’s Biochemistry programmes offer broad and stimulating coverage of modern biochemistry. Whether you choose dual honours, majorminor or single honours, you’ll be studying life at the molecular level, investigating the most exciting areas of contemporary life science and medical research. You might explore the secrets of the human genome, or the individually tailored molecular therapies of the future.

Particular emphasis is placed on human and mammalian biochemistry, especially relating to health and disease. Single honours includes more biochemistry modules* and also includes choices from a pool of elective modules (either directly related or free choice). You can create a four year degree by doing a work placement between the second and third year.

Single Honours

 Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Biochemistry.

First year

Core Modules: 

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathway
  • Information and Inheritance
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology
  • Case Studies in Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry Research Techniques

Optional Modules:

  • Neurophysiology
  • Human Physiology and Pathology
  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Free elective or language module
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

Core Modules: 

  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites
  • Medical Glycobiology

Optional Modules:

  • Human Genetics
  • Research and Analytical Skills
  • Free elective or language module

Third year 

Core Modules:

  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) Or
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology

Optional Modules:

  • Advances in Medicine
  • Human Parasitology
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Biology of Disease
  • Free elective or language module

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Biochemistry.

First year

Core Modules: 

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathway
  • Information and Inheritance
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology

Second year

Core Modules: 

  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling

Third year 

Core Modules:

  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Life Sciences Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) Or
  • Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project Or
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement

Elective Modules:

  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Human Parasitology

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Biochemistry.

First year

Core Modules: 

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathway
  • Information and Inheritance
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology

Second year

Core Modules: 

  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling

Third year 

Core Modules:

  • Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) Or
  • Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information

Elective Modules:

  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Human Parasitology
  • Biology of Disease
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities - 36%
  • Guided independent study - 64%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities - 30%
  • Guided independent study - 70%

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities - 27%
  • Guided independent study - 73%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

When you graduate, the broad and detailed understanding of biochemistry you’ll have developed at Keele will open up a world of appealing career options. You could choose to work in a directly related field, perhaps as a clinical biochemist, medical bioscientist, forensic scientist, research scientist, toxicologist or analytical chemist. Or you might branch out a little further, and become a health and safety inspector, training standards officer, science writer or technical author.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Biochemistry with Foundation Year: C703 View KIS Stats

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Study abroad

On the Biochemistry Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an idependant and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

The Royal Society of Biology which is the leading professional body for the biological sciences in the United Kingdom. The Society represents over 16,000 biologists from all areas of the life sciences, as well as over 100 organisations which make up the diverse landscape of biology in the UK and overseas. The Royal Society of Biology offers members unique opportunities to engage with the life sciences and share their passion for biology.

Whichever area of biology you wish to gain a career in, membership will help you:

  • Stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
  • Gain additional recognition for your skills and experience
  • Develop your professional network
  • Demonstrate your support for the future of biology

Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

*The following courses are formally accredited:

  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Major Route)
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Major Route) with Applied Life Sciences Placement
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Major Route) with Study Abroad

 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways
  • Information and Inheritance 
  • Case Studies in Biochemistry*

Second year

  • Gene and Protein Engineering 
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology 
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling 
  • Microbes, Viruses and Parasites*

Third year

  • Life Sciences Research Project (Experimental or Non-Experimental) 
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function 
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology*

*Modules only available for single honours students

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.