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Biochemistry MBio with Industrial Placement (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

Our Biochemistry degree explores the biochemical and structural basis of molecular, cellular and developmental processes in a variety of organisms, and prepares you to work in a range of settings within biological, biochemical and medical sciences.

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You will learn in a supportive environment, maintaining regular contact with a personal academic tutor, with flexibility to tailor the course to your own interests. You will develop a sound understanding of biomolecules and their analysis, including new and novel analytical methods, how these molecules function and how this affects the biological functioning of the whole organism. You will develop the research and analysis, presentation, communication, problem-solving and writing skills that are essential in all employment sectors.

Following an in-depth foundation in biochemistry, covering areas such as molecules, cells, physiology, disease, and both physical and organic chemistry, the course broadens out. This enables you to focus on specialist areas including biophysical chemistry (describing biological macromolecules at atomic level), and understanding genomes and gene regulation.

In your fourth year you will undertake a further extended research project, either in the UK or abroad, as an industrial placement. This will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.

You will have weekly (first year) and fortnightly (second and third years) taught tutorials, which are in small groups to ensure that you are able to develop, and receive regular feedback on assessment.

Purpose-built teaching facilities are fully integrated with research laboratories, meaning you will be learning alongside teaching and research staff who are at the cutting edge of their fields. You will spend one or two days a week undertaking lab work. This becomes more project-oriented in your second year, culminating in a six-week individual research project in your third year. In their final year, MBio students undertake a further 27-week research project.

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions. Approximately 45% of your marks will be assessed by coursework and projects throughout your degree.

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities all over the world. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the School’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator will provide more specific information and assistance.

You will take a 12-month industrial research placement in your final year. Recent placements in industry have included the Assisted Reproduction Unit at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, AstraZeneca in Sweden, GSK and Novartis. You will join carefully monitored research projects, covering a wide range of scientific areas and giving you valuable experience in scientific writing, data analysis and information technology. Whilst we do not guarantee you a placement, you will be given extensive support to secure one. Many of our BSc and MBio students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote this, and will support you with applications and interview skills.

A level: AAB including Biology and Chemistry or AAA to include Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics plus either GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or GCSE Double Science grades B, B/grades 6, 6 or AS Level Biology grade B or grade A in a Biology-related EPQ. You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

  • IB: 36 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 38 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics plus either 6 at Standard Level in Biology or GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

Laboratories and Tutorials

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

You will study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You will gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.

Physiology and Metabolism

On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.

Agents of Infectious Disease

You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.

Physical Chemistry

On this module, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental physical principles that underlie biochemical reactions and the functional properties of biomolecules. In particular, you will gain greater insight into the thermodynamics and kinetics of biological processes.

Organic Chemistry

This module, taught in the Department of Chemistry, will see you gaining a basic understanding of organic chemistry. You will learn important concepts, including organic chemical bonding, structure, reactivity, mechanism and the synthesis of simple functional groups that will underpin your further studies in life sciences.

Quantitative Skills for Biology

All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.

Year 2



Molecular Cell Biology

On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.

Tools for Biochemical Discovery

On this module, you will examine the principles by which key techniques in the field of biochemical discovery provide biochemical information. This will involve you studying structural techniques such as X-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. As well as, biophysical and analytical techniques such as circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and fluorescence. In the second half of the course, you will widen your studies to analyse biological interactions through case studies, covering topics such as proteomics, high-resolution light microscopy, surface plasmon resonance, isothermal titration calorimetry and immunoprecipitation.

Protein Biochemistry

On this module, you will be taught the techniques for studying enzymes in order to understand the mechanisms whereby enzymes are able to catalyse reactions, and to appreciate how individual reactions are controlled and integrated into the metabolic pathways of the cell. You will build on your growing knowledge of the basic concepts of protein structure in order to understand the structure–function relationships of proteins in terms of the chemistry of their component amino acid residues.

Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease

On this module, you will gain the foundations needed to advance your studies in endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level, and gain a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. You will also cover various aspects of pharmacology, from cellular and molecular mechanisms through to the treatment of human diseases.

Year 3

Research Project

Laboratories and Tutorials

Protein Targeting

You will be applying the knowledge of molecular and cell biology you have gained in previous years to protein targeting, a field of fundamental importance and research interest in cell biology. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the molecular nature of targeting signals and the appropriate transport apparatus, and an enhanced understanding of the specific protein–protein interactions required at each step of a given transport pathway. You will scrutinise the mechanisms by which large globular proteins are translocated across membrane bilayers, including where these are impermeable even to protons. This is a substantial opportunity to apply your knowledge in a realistic, research-led, practical environment.

Structural Molecular Biology

It is becoming ever more apparent that to completely understand a protein’s biological mechanism, three-dimensional structural information is essential. On this module, you will have the opportunity to explore and apply modern approaches and practical techniques to the study of biological macromolecules, building on your previous study of biophysical techniques and protein structures. You will pay particular attention to the structural techniques used to elucidate fundamental aspects and problems in biology-specific fields of interest in structural biology, including protein-nucleic acid interactions, protein–ligand interactions, protein folding and structure, macromolecular structures and biophysics.

Biological Clocks

On this module, you will develop your appreciation of the importance of temporal organisation in biology. Following your close study of the molecular mechanisms of the circadian system, you will progress to analysing clock-regulated processes in whole organisms, including their interactions with the environment and seasonality. This will assist your understanding of current research perspectives on biological pacemakers in several different organisms.

Dynamics of Biological Systems

The study of non-autonomous dynamical systems can shed new light on biological systems. On this module, you will learn how our understanding of cells and cellular pathways can be enhanced by considering them as entities that can change their behaviour both in space and time.

Year 4

Extended Research Project in Industry

Research Skills

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Extreme Environment Biology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Biological Clocks
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules
  • One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS, AstraZeneca, KPMG, Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishing, Diabetes UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Seed Pathology Technician, Research & Development Scientist, Management Development Associate, Medical Public, Relations Consultant. Others have pursued PG study.

A level AAB including Biology and Chemistry or AAA to include Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics plus either GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or GCSE Double Science grades B, B/grades 6, 6 or AS Level Biology grade B or grade A in a Biology-related EPQ. You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

IB 36 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 38 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics plus either 6 at Standard Level in Biology or GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


Master of Biology (MBio)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.