BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

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Program description

BSc Biochemistry is the study of living organisms, particularly the human body, at the cellular and sub-cellular levels and is an excellent springboard into medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

The main subjects are biochemistry and cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, metabolism and protein sciences, with emphasis on understanding normal and pathological states. The theoretical course is complemented by practical classes, where you learn the principles and methodology of research.

The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is very active in research. Final year research projects are carried out in state-of-the-art laboratories, under the supervision of internationally renowned researchers. BSc Biochemistry provides you with a solid foundation in research, analytical approaches and critical thinking.

Biochemistry graduates have excellent career prospects in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and in the broad area of biomedical research, including drug development and disease diagnosis. BSc Biochemistry is recognised by the Teaching Council.

Why choose this course

The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology is very active in research, giving you access to a wide range of cutting-edge knowledge.

Undergraduate students in biochemistry have the opportunity to participate in first-hand research through an independent research project in their final year. Masters and PhD research opportunities for biochemistry graduates are excellent.

Biochemistry graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities and have a wide variety of career options in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical, environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.

A degree in Biochemistry is an excellent foundation for all careers related to human health and is a very appropriate foundation degree for graduate medicine.

Skills and career information

BSc Biochemistry provides you with a broad scientific knowledge and research skills. You also gain transferable skills including: teamwork, communication, writing, presentation, problem solving and analytical skills.

Biochemistry graduates work in a wide range of areas. Biochemists work in companies and research laboratories in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedicine, environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics. Biochemists also work in the educational sector as teachers and lecturers.

Job opportunities are plentiful, salaries are competitive and career development opportunities are good. A large number of science graduates opt for further education through master’s and doctoral degrees, as this enhances job opportunities and career development prospects.

Program structure

  • Introduction to biochemistry and the biological basis of disease.
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution 
  • Physiology and structure of plants and animals 
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 1 
  • Fundamentals of Modern Chemistry Part 2
  • Calculus for Science Part 1 
  • Calculus for Science Part 2 
  • Microbiology in society 
  • Physics for Biological and Chemical Sciences 

Students select a degree sequence (based on their choice of year 1 electives) from:

  • Applied Plant Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Compound Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Forensic Science
  • Science Education (Chemistry or Biology route)
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology

The subjects you will study from the second year onwards depend on the program you enter from the above options. 

Admission requirements

  • Minimum requirement 1 x H4, 1 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; Mathematics and laboratory science courses required.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or internationally recognised equivalent).

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