Biochemistry 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

The Biochemistry course scored 97% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2016. Keele’s Biochemistry programmes offer broad and stimulating coverage of modern biochemistry.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: C701

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Royal Society of Biology This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year's free membership of they Royal Society of Biology; thereby opening up networks at a time when you are perhaps applying for your first employment.

Course Overview

Whether you choose to study as combined honours 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 and industrial placement between the second and third year.

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 science teacher. Or you might branch out a little further, and become a health and safety inspector, training standards officer, science writer or technical author.

Indicative modules

First Year

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

Second Year

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

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 

Major route Biochemistry has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology and we are seeking accreditation for single honours and some dual honours combinations.

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

105

0

15

0

15

2

105

0

15

0

15

3

60

60

60

0

0

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Biochemistry

30

Plants: Sex Drugs and Alcohol

15

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

Professional Skills for Biochemists

30

   

Chemistry for Bioscience

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Gene & Protein Engineering  

15

Human Genetics

15

Molecular, Cellular & Structural Immunology

15

Study Abroad modules

60

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites

15

   

Metabolism in Health and Disease

15

   

Cell Signalling

15

   

Drug Design

15

   

Research and Analytical Skills

15

   

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Life Sciences Double Experimental  
Project (with Research Skills Assessment)1
OR
Double Applied Life Sciences Placement2

30

 

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Bioinformatics and Science Communication

15

Cancer Biology  

15

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

Medical Glycobiology

15

   

Biology of Disease

15

   

Developmental Biology

15

1 If a student fails the Life Sciences double experimental project module (or the alternative Double Applied Life Science placement module) but has it condoned, then they will not be eligible for an RSB accredited degree, but shall instead be eligible for the award BSc Studies in Biochemistry

 

2 The Double Applied Life Sciences Placement module may replace Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) if the nature of the placement is deemed suitable and the work carried out meets the criteria of the research project module.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az