BSc Medical Biochemistry

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  • Objectives
    If you want to study Biochemistry with an emphasis on its relevance to Medicine, then look no further than the Medical Biochemistry programme at Leicester. Over the course of three years (four, if you take the additional Sandwich year, see below), you will learn about the very latest developments in our understanding of the chemistry of life. This includes consideration of the normal functioning of cells, and what goes wrong when they become cancerous; the importance of gene expression in health and disease; and the way that knowledge about drug action and drug metabolism can inform the development of new and better medicines. With the Department of Biochemistry at Leicester having an internationally-recognised reputation for the quality of its research, your lectures and tutorials will frequently be led by scientists who are directly involved in ground-breaking work in these fields.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements * A/AS Levels: Three A levels, including Chemistry and preferably Biology. * Two AS levels considered in place of one A level. General Studies not accepted. Equivalent UCAS Tariff points (300-360) may be offered. * GCSE: English Language and Mathematics required, if not held at A/AS level. Biology and Physics required, if not held at A/AS level, either single subjects or part of a Dual Award Integrated Science. * Access to HE courses: 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: 270-330 points as above plus full Accord credits * BTEC Nationals: Diploma with DDM, plus A Level Chemistry. * Other qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. * Mature students with alternative qualifications considered. * Second Year Entry: Possible for those with advanced qualifications strictly comparable with our degree structure. * Interviews are not normally required. * All applicants receiving an offer will be invited to visit the Department. This degree is not available on a part-time basis.
  • Academic title
    BSc Medical Biochemistry
  • Course description
    BSc Medical Biochemistry


    First Year

    Modules in biochemistry; genetics; physiology and cell and tissue biology from the first year of the Medical curriculum. Communication skills, information technology and numeracy. Module in chemistry: principles of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry underpinning the medical sciences.

    Second Year

    Modules from a large number offered by departments within the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, including: molecular cell biology; genetic systems; proteins and enzymes; metabolism; pharmacology; microbiology and immunology. Plus special module on molecular medicine and medical ethics exclusively for Medical Biochemists.

    Third Year

    Core module on Biochemical Mechanisms of Human Disease, plus three further modules from a wide range including: molecular aspects of disease; protein structure and function; mechanism of drug action; cancer cell and molecular biology; molecular aspects of microbiology (including infection, immunity and virology); membrane physiology; human genetics and inherited disease; gene expression and molecular biology.

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