Biochemistry is the study of the fundamental processes of life. Biochemists seek to answer questions about life, health, disease, the natural environment, and materials and compounds, using scientific techniques developed in chemistry and biology. After an initial grounding in chemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology and human physiology, you’ll learn the complex biochemical processes that underpin the very latest discoveries. Explore how biochemistry affects the quality of people’s lives, from the discovery of new drugs and the design of medical treatments to the industrialisation of laboratory processes. Our strong links with industry offer you fantastic opportunities to gain valuable experience during your placement year. This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
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Eligible for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry on graduation. All Biosciences graduates in Biochemistry are eligible for the Royal Society of Biology.
This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.
Our Biosciences graduates are highly sought after by employers in the industry due to the reputation of our teaching, the vocational element to our degrees and the fact that many of our students already have a year's work experience when they graduate which they gained in the sandwich year. Graduates can find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries as well as in industrial, academic and charity funded research. Some graduates also go on to work in health care and environment agencies.
Typical job titles of recent graduates:
Typical employers of recent graduates:
Our graduates are highly sought after. They find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries, as well as in industrial, academic and charity-funded research. Jobs include drug safety coordinator, lab scientist, microbiologist, research assistant and donor transplant assistant.
You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.
You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:
In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.
If you are studying part-time you will have up to 7 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year and the modules you will study each year will depend on how they fit together on the timetable. For some modules there are several sessions run for each workshop and practical. As a part-time student you will be able to choose the slots that fit best with when you are at the University for other teaching sessions
All Biosciences students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study overseas in Europe or North America during their 3rd year.
Work placements are usually paid. Current employers and job titles are listed below:
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities
Our overseas partners include:
|Human Physiology with Pharmacology||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Practical and Transferable Skills||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Molecular Biology and Genetics||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Molecular Structure and Reactivity||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Core Biochemistry||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Cell and Microbiology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Bioscience Research Methods||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Principles of Immunology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Genes and Genomes||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Cell and Molecular Biology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Chemistry and Analytical Science||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Bioscience Work Experience||15 Credits||Optional|
|Molecular Medicine||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Cell Differentiation and Development||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Applied and Integrated Molecular Science||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Advanced Biochemistry||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Year Abroad: Bioscience||0 Credits||Optional|
|Sandwich Placement; Bioscience||0 Credits||Optional|
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
|UCAS points||A Level||BTEC|
|112||BBC: Including 2 Science A levels including C grade or above in Chemistry (acceptable Science A levels are Human Biology, Biology, Psychology, Geography, Maths, Physics, ICT and Sports Studies.||DMM: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a minimum DMM profile to include a minimum of 4 chemistry-titled units at merit or above.|
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|28/09/2020||27/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time)|
|23/09/2020||23/05/2021||Apply online (Part Time)|
|23/09/2020||23/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|29/09/2020||22/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
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|28/09/2021||27/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time)|
|23/09/2021||23/05/2022||Apply online (Part Time)|
|23/09/2021||23/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|29/09/2021||22/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|