BSc Biological Sciences Biochemistry

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  • Objectives
    Our teaching in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester reflects the internationally-recognised research that is carried out here across the broad range of the subject, from structural studies of isolated molecules, through investigations of gene expression and microbial biotechnology, to cancer cell and molecular biology. The department of Biochemistry has consistently been in the top ranked group nationally, since the assessment of University research standards began in the 1980s, indicating that research expertise is rated as being of high international standard. The course therefore provides a comprehensive view of the current state of biochemistry and will equip you with the expertise needed to tackle a wide variety of challenging biological and medical problems.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: Three A2 levels usually required, normally two in relevant science subjects, with at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. Two AS levels considered in place of one A2 level. General Studies is not accepted. * GCSE: English, Mathematics, and Chemistry normally required at Grade C or above if not held at A2/AS level. * Access to HE course: Pass, with at least the requisite credits at level 3. * European Baccalaureate: Pass with 70% overall. * International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32-34 points. * Leicestershire Progression Accord: BBB as above plus full Accord credits. * BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM (equivalent to 320 UCAS Tariff points), plus any subject / GCSE requirements. * Other Qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students welcomed: Alternative qualifications considered. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications compatible with our degree structure. * Applicants are not normally interviewed. * All applicants receiving offers will be invited to visit the School. * These degrees are not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic title
    BSc Biological Sciences Biochemistry
  • Course description
    BSc Biological Sciences Biochemistry


    First Year

    The first year provides a sound base for advanced study across the breadth of modern Biological Sciences, from molecules to populations. Modules taken cover Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Animal & Plant Diversity, Cell & Developmental Biology and Environmental & Evolutionary Biology. Tutorials and laboratory work are integral to all of these modules, enabling you to develop your critical and practical skills. There are also modules in Chemistry and skills-based teaching including ICT & Numeracy and Study & Communication skills.

    Students who perform at first class level in their first year may apply for consideration for transfer to the first year of medicine.

    Second Year

    Modules cover in detail the structure and function of proteins; DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; metabolic regulation; cell communication and the trafficking of proteins and molecular machines. You will take the core module 'Research Skills' and can choose additional modules relevant to biochemistry selected from molecular aspects of genetics, microbiology, physiology or pharmacology.

    Final Year

    You may focus on those aspects of biochemistry which interest you most. Modules offered include Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology; Biochemistry of Gene Expression; Antimicrobial Biochemistry; Understanding & Using Enzymes and the Structure, Dynamics and Engineering of Proteins. In addition you will undertake either a library- or laboratory-based research project. The latter will provide you with an opportunity to work alongside research students and post-doctoral scientists. Recent research projects have included: Regulation of Gene Expression; Cell Signalling; Molecular Enzymology; Transgenic Technology; and Protein Structural Studies.

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