What Will You Study

Our BSc Biochemistry (Placement Year) degree is aimed at those of you who wish to gain additional work experience as part of your degree. It is an exciting and rapidly developing subject and the primary investigative science within biology and medicine which examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. Our flexible Biochemistry degree provides students with core modules in Biochemistry and Chemistry coupled to a solid background in other related fields.

This programme provides you with support to secure a paid placement enabling you to experience twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full time employee of the organisation with the same training and opportunities as other employees whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from the University

The first year of your Biochemistry degree involves core modules such as Protein Biochemistry, Cell Structure and Function, and Genetics – all designed to give you a good overview of key modern biochemical concepts. However, at the same time, the first year of your degree still permits flexibility as you will also be able to choose an additional four modules from any of the Bioscience subjects on offer. In addition, you will also take a Placement Preparation module.

In the second year of your course, you’ll focus on a range of Biochemistry modules, including Cell Biology and Medical Microbiology, as well as some more practically oriented modules designed to equip you with the laboratory skills and knowledge required by a successful biochemist. You will also take part in a ‘work-based learning’ module designed to provide guidance and support as you apply for nationally advertised placements and help you gain the most from your placement year.

During your degree, you’ll conduct your own laboratory-based project where you’ll benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academic staff.

You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based. You will then have the flexibility to tailor your fourth and final year to your biochemical interests and can select from a diverse range of subjects including Cell Signalling, Cancer, Biology of Ageing, and Neurobiology.

Although you will be supported by professional careers staff in preparing your industrial placement application, it is likely that not all students applying to this Programme will be successful in securing these nationally-advertised opportunities.  Students who have not secured an industrial placement will automatically be transferred over to the same degree scheme, without placement year, in this case Biochemistry BSc.