Biochemistry and Chemistry 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Biochemistry and Chemistry.

Combined Honours
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Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CF71

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Course Overview

In 2016 the Biochemistry course scored 97% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. Keele’s Biochemistry programmes offer broad and stimulating coverage of modern biochemistry. 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. You can create a four year degree by doing a work and industrial placement between the second and third year.

This combined honours degree includes Chemistry. Keele’s award-winning teaching and research span the wide diversity of chemistry, helping you to develop subject knowledge and transferable skills in a supportive learning environment. You’ll develop a solid foundation of theory and practical skills, building to cover advanced concepts and contemporary issues in chemistry in later years. You can tailor your studies to reflect your interests, and learn how to pursue your own research. You’ll have hands-on experience with state-of-the-art scientific instruments and techniques, and enjoy access to dedicated IT facilities. You’ll learn to use chemistry in problem solving, and to present your theories and findings confidently and imaginatively to your audiences. In the 2016 National Student Survey, the Chemistry course achieved 100% for overall student satisfaction.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. 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. The many opportunities offered by this course will equip you to confidently and skilfully pursue your chosen career. You might work in industry, research or education; you could choose to become a chemical engineer, research scientist, toxicologist, patent lawyer, analytical chemist or technical writer.

Indicative modules

Year one

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

Year two

  • Cell Signalling
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology
  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular Chemistry and Reactions
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Physical and Structural Chemistry

Year three

  • Life Sciences Experimental Research Project
  • Life Sciences Non-Experimental Research Project
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Bioinformatics and Science Communication
  • Case Studies in Biotechnology
  • Advances in Medicine
  • Medical Glycobiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemistry Research Project
  • Chemistry Dissertation
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic, Physical and Solid State Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Materials Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis*
  • Topics in Chemistry

*Major Route Chemistry Only