Biochemistry with Genetics BSc Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
C7C4

Entry Year
2019 also available in 2018

A Level Requirements AAB
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Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for Biological Sciences and ninth for Chemistry by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Our Biochemistry with Genetics degree enables you to study Biochemistry with a focus on the genetic blueprint of life - DNA. This is an exciting and rapidly expanding field, which has been at the forefront of many of the advances in biology and medicine.

In the first year of the BSc Biochemistry with Genetics, you’ll study a range of modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of Biology and Chemistry, with modules such as Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Human Physiology.

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

You will have the flexibility to tailor your third year to your interests and can select from a diverse range of subjects including Medical Genetics, Protein Biochemistry and Cancer. During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics.

The facilities for studying Biochemistry at Lancaster University are excellent. We have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories, which you will use for practical learning and your dissertation project. Around 50% of the contact time on the degree is used for practical and workshop activities in the laboratory or in PC labs.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for Biological Sciences and ninth for Chemistry by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Our Biochemistry with Genetics degree enables you to study Biochemistry with a focus on the genetic blueprint of life - DNA. This is an exciting and rapidly expanding field, which has been at the forefront of many of the advances in biology and medicine.

    In the first year of the BSc Biochemistry with Genetics, you’ll study a range of modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of Biology and Chemistry, with modules such as Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Human Physiology.

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

    You will have the flexibility to tailor your third year to your interests and can select from a diverse range of subjects including Medical Genetics, Protein Biochemistry and Cancer. During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics.

    The facilities for studying Biochemistry at Lancaster University are excellent. We have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories, which you will use for practical learning and your dissertation project. Around 50% of the contact time on the degree is used for practical and workshop activities in the laboratory or in PC labs.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects A level Chemistry and one other science subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Chemistry and 6 in one further HL science subjects from Biology, Mathematics or Physics

    BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    After studying Biochemistry with Genetics at Lancaster, you can look forward to a promising career in areas such as academic, industrial and medical research, pharmaceuticals, the food industry and forensic science. 95% of Lancaster’s BSc Biochemistry with Genetics graduates are in work or further study six month after graduating, 60% are in professional or managerial positions (Unistats 2018). Alternatively, the course is an ideal base from which to continue on to postgraduate study.

    The transferable skills and analytical training you will gain during your Biochemistry with Genetics degree will allow you to enter science or diverse fields such as management, marketing and finance. You will gain practical skills such as laboratory competence and experimental design; numerical skills such as statistical analysis, data recording and presentation; and interpersonal skills such as team working, communication and negotiation.

    An employability skills module will help you manage your professional development and prepare for the job market. Your independent, laboratory-based research project will give you valuable research experience using the latest technology. We also offer you the opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship within Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University. Past research topics have included: Alzheimer’s disease, biochemistry, cancer biology, DNA replication, immunology, microbiology and tropical infectious diseases.

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

     

The Faculty was proud to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award (operated by The Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2014.
The Faculty was proud to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award (operated by The Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2014.

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