Biochemistry and Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Keele’s combined honours programme in Biochemistry and Biology will give you a comprehensive background in the varying perspectives of the science of life, from cellular and molecular levels to the whole organism.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: CC17

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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.

Course Overview

We will equip you with the skills to tackle increasingly problematic and complex issues surrounding our ever growing and ageing human population, our medical problems and the impacts our actions have on each other and on life on Earth. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in field courses, undertake research projects and apply for placements.

A four year version of the programme provides the opportunity to take an industrial placement in the third year and the possibility of completing a placement at one of a number of research institutes in Europe. For example our students have done placements at the prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris, home to a number of Nobel Prize winners.

What will this mean for my future?

A degree in Biochemistry and Biology is the first step towards a broad variety of careers. These can include the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries, the NHS and environmental health sector and research within the biological, environmental and medical sectors. The applied nature of the programme will equip you with a range of transferable employability skills of relevance to careers in the Biosciences as well as in other graduate careers where numeracy and an objective scientific approach to problem solving are valued.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes 
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways 
  • Information and Inheritance 
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology 
  • Diversity of Life 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Genetics and Evolution 

Second year

  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology 
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease 
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling 
  • Life at the Extremes 
  • Research and Analytical Skills 

Third year

  • Life Sciences Experimental Project
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Parasitology
  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Fish Biology

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;

Modules Summary

Biochemistry - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Biochemistry modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

30 or 45*

30

75*

30

75*

0

0

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

1Students combining with Biology, Human Biology or Neuroscience must select a 30 credit project hence the 45 credit requirement

 

Biology - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Biology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

30

3*

15 or 30

30 or 45

30 or 45

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Students take four Biology modules at Levels 4 and 5, two in each semester. At Level 5, there is also the option of studying abroad for one of the two semesters, or for a whole academic year between levels 5 and 6.  At Level 6, students take four modules in Biology, of which one must be an independent study module: Life Sciences Experimental Project or Work Placement Year. Combined Honours students combining Biology with Biochemistry must take a 30-credit ISP (Independent Study Project), i.e. a Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment) or a Work Placement Year Project.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Biochemistry Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Biochemistry

30

   

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

 

Biology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Biodiversity, Ecology & the Environment

30

   

Cellular Genetics & Evolution

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

Biochemistry Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Gene & Protein Engineering  

15

   

Molecular, Cellular & Structural Immunology

15

   

Metabolism in Health and Disease

15

   

Cell Signalling

15

   

 

Biology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

NB: students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Life at the Extremes *

15

Animal Adaptations

15

Research and Analytical Techniques

15

Human Genetics

15

   

Living Together: Behaviour, Cooperation and Conflict

15

   

Nutrition and Energy Balance

15

   

Health and the Environment

15

   

Current Topics in Biology

15

   

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites**

15

   

Study Abroad Modules

30

* This module includes a field course

**This module is a prerequisite for Human Parasitology at Level 6

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Biochemistry Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules  

Credits

Students taking Biochemistry and Biology, Human Biology or Neuroscience:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Students taking Neuroscience and a subject outside of the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

Cancer Biology  

15

Medical Glycobiology

15

Developmental Biology

15

Bioinformatics & Science Communication

15

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

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

 

2 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

 

Biology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

NB: students choose 3 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Biology and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Applied Insect Ecology

15

Conservation Biology

15

Human Parasitology3

15

Applied Fish Biology

15

Students taking Biology and a subject outside the School of Life Sciences:

Life Sciences Single Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

Trees in their Environment

15

Developmental Biology

15

Human Evolution

15

Communication Skills for Biologists

15

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

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

 

2 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

 

3 This option is only available to students who have taken Microbes, Viruses and Parasites at Level 5

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Biochemistry in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules  

Credits

Life Science Double Experimental Project

(with Research Skills Assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

Advances in Medicine

15

Human Parasitology

15

Structural Biology & Macromolecular Function

15

Bioinformatics & Science Communication

15

Cancer Biology  

15

   

Medical Glycobiology

15

   

Biology of Disease

15

   

Developmental Biology

15

   

Case Studies in Biotechnology

15

   

Module from other subject

15

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Biology in your final year you will study the following modules:

Core modules

Credits

Optional Modules

NB: students choose 6 modules from:

Credits

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)2

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

Applied Insect Ecology

15

Conservation Biology

15

Human Parasitology3

15

Applied Fish Biology

15

Trees in their Environment

15

Developmental Biology

15

   

Human Evolution

15

   

Communication Skills for Biologists

15

   

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

 

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