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  • Objectives
    Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life. As well as being one of the core disciplines in the molecular biosciences, biochemistry is of fundamental importance in understanding the functioning of our own bodies in both sickness and health, and in developing new medical treatments. Our programme in Medical Biochemistry is designed to provide a broad grounding in biochemistry and the other molecular biosciences, together with a range of advanced modules that emphasise topics of medical relevance. This course is one of a range of courses in the molecular biosciences offered by the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In their first year all students in the department take a broadly based programme, gaining experience in a range of areas in the molecular biosciences. At the end of the first year, you may transfer between the different courses taught by the department as your specific interests develop. In your second year, you will consider your chosen subjects in more depth and hone your practical skills. In your third year you have the opportunity to carry out an individual research project in one of the department research groups or in the Medical School. You may graduate after three years with a BSc degree, or you may choose the optional fourth year, leading to an MBiolSci qualification. This involves additional training in skills relevant to a career in research, and an extensive research project, which may be carried out in industry. Transfer between the three and four year programme is possible in either direction during years one to three.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements GCE/VCE A Levels - ABB Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - AB+BB Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers - AAAB/ABB Irish Leaving Cert. - AABBB BTEC Level N - 2 Distinctions + 1 Merit International Baccalaureate - 33 points Core Requirements - 12 science units (not including Geography). We require Chemistry at GCE A Level or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    BSc Medical Biochemistry
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :

    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.

    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.

    Typical First Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Biochemical Basis of Life  20
    From Cells to Organisms  20
    Genetics  20
    Molecular Biology of the Gene  20
    The Diversity of Life  20
    Practical Molecular Biology 1  10
    Practical Molecular Biology 2  10
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Analysis of Genomes  10
    Biological Energy Transformations  10
    Biological Membranes  10
    Gene Expression and Regulation  10
    Macromolecular Structure and Function 1  10
    Macromolecular Structure and Function 2  10
    Metabolism: Control and Manipulation  10
    Microbial Genetics  10
    Practical Molecular Biology 3  10
    Practical Molecular Biology 4  10
    Differentiation  10
    Genetics of Higher Eukaryotes  10
    Micro-Organisms in Human Disease  10
    Microbial Growth, Structure and Function  10
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Laboratory Project  20
    Biochemical Basis of Human Disease  10
    Biochemical Signalling  10
    Biochemistry Data Handling  10
    Gametes and Embryos  10
    Library Project  10
    Molecular Immunology  10
    Molecular Physiology  10
    Assembly of Supramolecular Structures  10
    Bacterial Pathogenicity  10
    Functional Genomics  10
    Macromolecular Machines  10
    Membrane Protein Structure and Function  10
    Modelling Human Disease  10
    Physical Methods for Studying Biological Structures  10

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