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Biochemistry provides a foundation to our understanding of all cellular life.  By combining aspects of biology and chemistry, this course studies modern biochemistry at the molecular level, to enable students to understand the biological processes that influence all living organisms. 

The Biochemistry degree offered here at Northumbria University provides a foundation to our understanding of all cellular life.  

 

As a Biochemistry graduate, you will leave Northumbria University with the skills to prepare you for a future of life-long learning and a choice of careers, across a variety of scientific discipline areas including:

• The chemical and pharmaceutical industries 

• Food and nutrition industries 

• Healthcare industry

• Research and academia

 

The placement option on the course, which takes place between the second and final years, has allowed our students to work alongside industry leaders  such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Proctor & Gamble. s 

 

To discover more about the Biochemistry degree available at Northumbria University, contact us today.

 

 

Biochemistry provides a foundation to our understanding of all cellular life.  By combining aspects of biology and chemistry, this course studies modern biochemistry at the molecular level, to enable students to understand the biological processes that influence all living organisms. 

The Biochemistry degree offered here at Northumbria University provides a foundation to our understanding of all cellular life.  

 

As a Biochemistry graduate, you will leave Northumbria University with the skills to prepare you for a future of life-long learning and a choice of careers, across a variety of scientific discipline areas including:

• The chemical and pharmaceutical industries 

• Food and nutrition industries 

• Healthcare industry

• Research and academia

 

The placement option on the course, which takes place between the second and final years, has allowed our students to work alongside industry leaders  such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Proctor & Gamble. s 

 

To discover more about the Biochemistry degree available at Northumbria University, contact us today.

 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
F115

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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Students begin their course with an introduction to the range of subjects fundamental to the application of biochemistry, covering biological, medicinal and analytical chemistry, together with cell biology and genetics. First year students will actively participate in laboratory practical sessions, to assist their understanding of the theoretical material delivered in lectures.   

In the second year, students will further their knowledge and skills base across a range of topics integral to the study of biochemistry including human metabolism, molecular biology, cellular and molecular analysis, genetics, bioinformatics, organic chemistry and analytical methods.

Prior to the third year, students can choose to complete a placement year either in the UK, or internationally. The prospect of gaining industrial experience is a fantastic opportunity and it can make a real difference at the job application and interview stage, when students enter the post-graduation marketplace.

During the final year of the programme there is a chance for students to specialise their studies, when they undertake a year-long, laboratory based, research project in a particular biochemical discipline. The project is individual to each student and is designed to accelerate learning, technical ability and confidence. The projects are conducted each Friday across both semesters of the final year, in modern, well equipped laboratories housed in the Department of Applied Sciences at the City Campus of Northumbria University. Furthermore, students have the option to pick modules designed to suit their specific interests and begin to develop their own specialisms, the option choices include Genomics and Industrial Biochemistry and Bio-catalysis. 

Independent learning is a key component of the programme and a number of modules are based around this premise, leading to students being able to problem solve and work independently – skills much sought after by the employers of today.

The advantage of a nurtured curiosity, generated from a range of problem-solving modules, is that it creates analytical and critical thinking graduates with clearly evidenced opinions. Graduates of the Biochemistry course will have developed an ability to recognise, apply and adapt biochemical concepts in the wider scientific community, including those that are specifically related to the real world.

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The highly qualified, research leading staff in the Department of Applied Sciences academic team, are a group of experts from varied scientific discipline areas, with a wealth of knowledge, as well as industrial and academic experience. They share a knowledge of, and passion for science, which is passed on to our undergraduate students, via a variety of teaching and assessment methods.

Our staff members are at the forefront of scientific research and have helped the University move into the top 50 research Universities in the UK, strongly contributing to the University’s very successful submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, notably in the discipline relevant category of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, in which we were placed within the top quartile by research power.

As well as staff from the Department of Applied Sciences, the Biochemistry programme has been specifically designed to incorporate input from industrial scientists, who offer their sector specific knowledge and experience to the more applied areas of the programme. For over 20 years the department has welcomed external professionals from the NHS, Proctor & Gamble, Akzo Nobel, and other innovative businesses at the cutting edge of bio-sciences, to share their knowledge and industrial experience with our students. 

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The Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University offers state-of-the art facilities, for both teaching and research.

The BSc Biochemistry programme has a strong hands-on practical component throughout, so students can learn the latest techniques and practical laboratory based skills. Teaching sessions are conducted in recently refurbished, well-equipped laboratories and lecture theatres with leading audio-visual facilities to enhance the learning experience.

The department has invested heavily in its facilities, acquiring some of the latest high tech scientific equipment, required for research in this discipline area.  In 2018 a new tissue culture suite was added to the extensive number of teaching and specialised research laboratories within the department. The Department of Applied Sciences also hosts an ‘Omics laboratory facility, with a range of next generation sequencing equipment, supported by excellent technical staff. This laboratory facilitates proteomic and metabolomic research, supporting our world class academics and keeping at them at the forefront of research in this fast evolving scientific field. Facilities and equipment are key when it comes to students undertaking their final year research project. Access to specialised scientific equipment allows students to gain hands on experience using equipment such as NMR, HPLC-MS, as well as data from the ‘Omics facility, leading to excellent project opportunities. All this provides Northumbria students with a high quality research experience, which is directly applicable to the biochemical discipline area and will enhance future career opportunities for our graduates.

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Research is embedded throughout the BSc Biochemistry course, to ensure that the skills and knowledge that students will acquire are at the forefront of this key scientific discipline area.

As the course has been developed and is delivered by our research-active teaching team, we have ensured the integration of our research knowledge and experience into all areas of day-to-day teaching. Having access to research-active mentors means that students pursue contemporary research areas and disciplines throughout the programme.

In the final year, alongside their project, students will participate in the ‘Current topics in Biochemistry’ module, designed and taught by research academics, to discuss and deliver real examples of the latest research in biochemistry by the researchers themselves. Students get the opportunity to delve deeper into specific topic areas within Biochemistry, thus gaining a greater understanding of the issues and the very latest research. After an introduction to the topic area by an academic, students then independently review the latest publications from leading scientists, then present their finding to their peers. This module is designed to allow students to embrace independent research and also helps to prepares them for their final year projects and potentially a future research career.

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As a Biochemistry graduate you will not only have gained expert, subject-specific knowledge, but you will have also secured a whole host of wider skills to support your future career choices. The interactive nature of this course, with its research informed teaching, alongside the final year project means graduates from the programme will have the edge they need to stand out within a competitive employment marketplace.  

Students who undertake a placement year are more likely to secure employment after graduating and the majority of students who embrace this opportunity find the insight into working life extremely worthwhile.

The fact that 94.7% of Northumbria University students are in work or further study six months after graduation, speaks for itself (*DLHE Survey 2013/14).

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There are a wide-range of possible employment and study options post-graduation from the Biochemistry course. The programme acts as a feeder route for graduating students to enter Northumbria’s Post-Graduate opportunities in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Forensic Science or Nutritional Science and other developing post graduate opportunities at Northumbria. Equally for those who are eager to go straight into employment, graduates can chose a whole range of career paths in the chemical, pharmaceutical, nutritional, health sciences or research arenas.

Business is booming in the Science sector and the Department of Applied Sciences students thrive post-graduation!

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels including Grade B in Biology or Chemistry (with both Biology and Chemistry having been studied).

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in an appropriate science subject including both Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level including Chemistry, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including Biology and Chemistry.

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB including Biology and Chemistry.

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including Biology and Chemistry.

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit including Biology and Chemistry.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3. Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
Grade B in A level Biology or Chemistry (with both Biology and Chemistry having been studied), or recognised equivalents

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

Laboratory equipment such as spatula, lab book, marker pens and a scientific calculator are required and would cost no more than £25. Optional additional costs may include purchase of text books if students want personal copies rather than library texts, and if students wish to carry out some additional printing at their own cost (Cost of text books range from £80-100 new or from £30 second hand).


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