Master of Biology

Biochemistry

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In the UK for Biosciences
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): C701 / C702
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 5 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

These exciting new four year MBiol courses combine course material and content from undergraduate and postgraduate levels, giving you a Masters-level qualification.

Why choose this course?

If you have drive and ambition to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia or onto a PhD, then this course is ideal for you. It provides tailored knowledge, technical skills and research expertise to help you stand out in the jobs market.

On this course you will:

  • develop the practical skills employers are looking for with a project in your third year and a year-long project in your final year
  • work with our internationally renowned experts – they will supervise and review your research projects
  • get a Masters-level qualification – your research project will be assessed and moderated using Masters-level criteria and your final year modules will be of Masters level.
  • become work-ready – you have the option of a 12 month work placement in the third year, which can build upon your practical experience and is often paid.

You might also be interested in BSc (Hons) Biochemistry.

What you'll study

Our biochemistry degrees begin by giving you an understanding of how biological and physical principles are integrated in, and used to investigate broad living processes from cells to organisms. After this, an understanding and application of one of the three different subject areas is developed, but the suite of courses remains cohesive by containing common strands in bioinformatics, experimental design and communication.

You will gain practical experience in fundamental techniques including PCR (polymerase chain reaction), molecular cloning (DNA modification), protein purification and analysis, biochemical catalysis and kinetic models, fluorescence techniques (including confocal microscopy) and molecular analysis of gene expression (quantitative PCR). There will also be a strong emphasis in bioinformatics (computer algorithms-based analysis of gene databases and protein structure-function relationships).

  • Year One

    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.

    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.

    Introduction to Biochemistry

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

    Introduction to Microbiology

    Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.

    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.

  • Year Two

    Bioinformatics and Biomathematics

    Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of bioinformatics using web-based resources, database structures and Bayesian and maximumlikelihood theories.

    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

    Learn about the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and promosomes in DNA replication as well as RNA polymerases.

    Experimental Design

    Gain an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study required for an undergraduate project. Formulate a research question, search literature, practice experimental design and practice data collection and statistical analysis.

    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.

  • Year Three

    Placement year (optional)

    You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year. The below modules would be Year Four for placement students.

    Core modules

    Honours Project

    Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well
    as oral presentations and plagiarism.

    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.

    Current Topics in Biochemistry

    Biological research is driven by new paradigms, often introduced by novel therapies and / or techniques. The molecular basis of modern biology results in many of these developments having a strong biochemistry element, so this module introduces the latest developments by addressing them from a biochemical perspective.

    Advanced Bioinformatics

    Using artificial neural networks, discover how to find biomarkers and validate them. Carry out proteomic and genomic data analysis, examine phylogenetics and genome assembly.

    Comparative Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics

    Introduction to developmental biology and concepts in speciation and evolution.

  • Final year

    This will be Year Five for placement students.

    Science Communication

    Prepare for engagement in medical and science writing, education and policy making, where communicating knowledge to national and international audiences is key.

    MBiol Research Project

    This substantial independent research project runs for the whole of your final year giving you the opportunity to explore and expand your research skills in an area than interests you.

Course specification

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

How you’re taught

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • essays
  • case study reports
  • verbal presentation
  • class tests
  • exams.

You will also present a written dissertation and give an oral and poster presentation of your project work.

Assessment methods

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

Year 2 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

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

Year 4 - coursework (100%)

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%)

Year 4 - lectures/seminars/workshops (15%) and independent study (85%)

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

Careers and employability

Your career development

As well as the Masters-level practical laboratory skills, this course will equip you with transferable skills in critical analysis and understanding, qualities and attributes necessary for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, teaching, and research.

You will be well placed to pursue positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and the majority of biological science related disciplines.

Our recent biochemistry graduates have gone into 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:

  • Eurofins – sample registration technician
  • Nottingham City Hospital – medical laboratory assistant
  • Nova Laboratory – biochemist
  • Severn Trent Services – laboratory technician.

Excellent placement opportunities

After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one years' work placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.

You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award: the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Recent Biochemistry students have secured placements in the following companies:

  • Eurofins
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • Givaudan
  • John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Centre de Biologie et de Pathologie
  • Scott Bader
  • British American Tobacco
  • National Institute Medical Research.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - AAB, including Biology grade A and Chemistry, Physics or Maths grade B; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDD, including relevant Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths modules; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade A equivalent in Biology and grade B equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or Maths; 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.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - AAB, including Biology grade A and Chemistry, Physics or Maths grade B; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDD, including relevant Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths modules; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade A equivalent in Biology and grade B equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or Maths; 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.

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?

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