BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry

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  • UCAS code(s): C700 / 350T
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

You will use your knowledge and skills to study key aspects of:

  • DNA / RNA synthesis
  • protein structure and function
  • enzyme catalysis
  • metabolism control
  • biochemical disorders
  • antibody and DNA technology
  • immunology
  • the molecular genetics of human diseases.

This course provides an in-depth approach to Biochemistry and the molecular aspects of cells. You will examine the key aspects of macromolecule and cell structure and function, and inter-relationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.

Why choose this course?

You will have hands-on experience in fundamental techniques including:

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • molecular cloning (DNA modification)
  • protein analysis
  • biochemical catalysis
  • kinetic models as well as bioinformatics as applied to the analysis of gene databases and protein structure-function relationships.

You will also have the option to undertake a 12-month paid work placement in your third year. Our Placement Office and the School's excellent links with companies, including GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, facilitate this.

What you'll study

Who will teach me?

The biosciences team is, at once, widely interdisciplinary and strongly cohesive. This environment prepares our students well for careers in industry and academia and we continue to develop and welcome collaborations from universities and commercial organisations.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

What's included in the course fees?

You will need equipment to work in the laboratory classes, such as a lab coat and safety spectacles. These will be provided at your induction. All other requirements for the labs will be provided in the laboratory session. This will include simple equipment such as forceps through to tabletop tablets.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Biochemistry

    Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and interrelationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.

    Living Systems

    Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills upon which other modules are developed.

    Molecular Principles for Biochemistry

    This module will teach you the fundamental concepts of organic, physical, analytical and biological chemistry as applied to the biochemistry process.

    Introduction to Pharmacology

    Considers the principles of how drugs work, including factors that affect the magnitude of the response to drugs, specificity of drug action, drug interactions and side effects of drugs.

    Practical Techniques for Biology

    Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.

    Genetics and Immunology

    Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.

  • Year Two

    Biochemical Techniques

    Study the concepts of current biochemical techniques and their practical applications in science.

    Molecular Genetics of Human Diseases

    You will develop knowledge and understanding of gene therapy.

    Metabolism and its Control

    Explore the central pathways of oxidative catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates and fats in eukaryotic cells. You’ll also cover the biochemical basis of cellular signal transduction.

    Molecular Biology and Protein Structure

    Explore the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and promosomes in DNA replication.

    Clinical Biochemistry

    Study a variety of disorders and learn about their clinical symptoms, biochemical and molecular defects, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

    Antibody and DNA Technology

    Introduces extraction, purification, probing, manipulation, amplification and sequencing of DNA and RNA and the expression of genetic sequences via bacteriophages, plasmids, cosmids and functional proteins.

  • Year Three

    Placement year for sandwich students.
  • Final year

    Comparative Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics

    Introduction to developmental biology and concepts in speciation and evolution.

    Current Trends in Biochemistry

    An in-depth look at latest developments in the biochemistry field and their effects in current global issues.

    Cell Signalling and Cancer

    A range of exciting and up to date topics on cell proliferation and cell death. The cell cycle, the cytoskeleton and signal transduction will be presented, and we will discuss their implication in carcinogenesis.

    Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Research

    Use cutting edge bioinformatics methods to understand and identify the role that gene and protein biomarkers play in disease. Analyse real clinical data and model various scenarios that predict the clinical impact of the disease.

    Project / Dissertation

    You have the option of either completing a 40 credit point project / dissertation,

    OR

    If your interests lie in a career in teaching or scientific journalism, you can take Communicating Science and Technology (which includes school placements) and a short dissertation.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a variety of components including the following.

Written

  • Exams
  • Multiple completion tests

Coursework

  • Assignments
  • Group projects and reports
  • Dissertation / research project
  • Poster presentations

Practical

  • Laboratory assessments
  • Oral presentations

Research

Because of our ambitious research agenda and ongoing activities, students can expect to approach problems with the latest methods, including those used in industry.

Where will I study?

Most of your lectures and seminars will held across Clifton Campus in Erasmus Darwin or the John Clare lecture theatres. Your laboratory sessions will be held in the Rosalind Franklin building and Erasmus Darwin laboratories.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (57%) and written (43%)

Year 2 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Year 3 - coursework (76-78%) and written (22 - 24%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (29%) and independent study (71%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study (67%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

Students on this course will be well placed to pursue entry level posts in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and the majority of biological science related disciplines.

Our graduate careers cover a wide range of industries and fields including:

  • hospitals (clinical analysis)
  • university research departments (laboratory technicians)
  • agriculture (plant biotechnology)
  • food institutes and companies
  • industrial laboratories (quality control)
  • government administration (adviser for science policies).

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

You will also have the option to undertake further study after you graduate. You could undertake one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Our graduate salaries range from £16,000 - £30,000 per year.

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Many students impress their employers on placement and are offered jobs at the end of their course.

Recent Biochemistry students have secured placements in the following companies:

Find out more about placements.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Biology; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant Biology modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in Biology; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

Graduates achieving 60% or over from FdSc Healthcare Sciences at Central College Nottingham can progress directly onto Year Two of this course.  Those achieving a pass can progress onto BSc (Hons) Biological Science.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Biology; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant Biology modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in Biology; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 8351