What Will You Study

Your degree enables you to study Biochemistry with a focus on the genetic blueprint of life, DNA alongside gaining additional work experience as part of your degree. 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

Your first year consists of a range of modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of both subject disciplines, with modules such as Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Human Physiology. In addition, you will take a Placement Preparation module.

In your second year, you’ll study a range of biochemical and molecular biology subjects including several modules designed to develop key laboratory skills required by scientists in these areas. These modules include Biochemical Techniques, Cell Biology Techniques, and DNA Technology. 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.

You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based, before returning to Lancaster for your fourth and final year.

As with our other schemes, the final year of your Biochemistry with Genetics degree is designed to allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests. You’ll be able to select from a diverse range of subjects including Medical Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Cancer.

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.

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 with Genetics BSc.