Biochemistry and Neuroscience 

(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 Neuroscience.

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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UCAS code: BC17

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Course Overview

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. 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 Neuroscience, where you will explore the mystery of the human brain: the central nervous system, the impact of drugs upon it, and the molecular biology of diseases and disorders of the brain. Study Neuroscience at Keele and you’ll learn how the brain works – and why it sometimes doesn’t. You’ll discover how we learn and remember, how our brains control our body, and how the brain regenerates and repairs itself. You could study interesting disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. Dual honours Neuroscience combines the key principals of Neuroscience with the ability to choose specific areas of the subject that may interest you. Working in diverse ways, including in our superb labs, you’ll develop your independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You’ll also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life.

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. Graduating from Neuroscience will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more. You might choose to work as a research scientist in academia or the drug industry, or work as a clinical neuroscientist in the hospital sector. With or without further study, you might go on to become a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor, pharmacologist or systems analyst. If you choose to do a four year course, with a year’s industrial placement, you’ll have the added benefit of significant work experience to offer to employers.

 

 

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

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

 

Neuroscience - 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 Neuroscience modules only; please also see the document for your other subject. [Example credit split in the table below – please edit]

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

30

30

30

0

45

3*

15-30

45

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

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Biochemistry Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Biochemistry

30

   

Molecular Cell Biology

30

   

 

 

Neuroscience Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Neuroscience

30

None

 

Physiology and Anatomy

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

   

 

Neuroscience Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 2 modules from:

Credits

Neuroscience Research Methods

30

Study Abroad Modules

30

   

Research and Analytical Skills*

15

   

Neuron to Brain

15

   

Neurodevelopment

15

   

Learning and Memory

15

   

Neuropharmacology

15

*These modules are taken by Study Abroad students only in place of Neuroscience Research Methods; they feature as Electives in the Year credit table above. 

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

 

Neuroscience Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

NB: students choose 3 modules from:

Credits

Students taking Neuroscience and Biochemistry:

Life Sciences Double Experimental Project (with research skills assessment)

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1,2

 

30

 

30

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

Brain Disease

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 Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

Or

Single Applied Life Sciences Placement1

 

15

 

15

 

15

 

15

Special Senses

15

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous

System

15

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

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

 

 

 

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 Neuroscience in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Behavioural Neuroscience

15

None

 

Brain Disease

15

   

Special Senses

15

   

Current Research Topics in Neuroscience

15

   

Regeneration and Repair in the Nervous System

15

   

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

Or

Double Applied Life Sciences Placement1

30

 

30

   

Life Sciences Non-Experimental Project

Or

Life Sciences Dissertation

15

 

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