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Biochemistry (BSc) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

 

What will I learn?

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.

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 third year you complete a challenging full-time research project on an area of particular academic interest. This may be lab-based or involve data analysis and will give you invaluable experience of applying your subject knowledge to real-life workplace challenges.

If you want to gain a higher level qualification and enhance your career prospects you may wish to consider the four-year MBio programme (see below) on which you will undertake an additional final-year extended research project within the School or on an industrial placement.

How will I learn?

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.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through tutorials, laboratory practical, oral presentation, written assignment and exam-based questions. Approximately 35% of your marks will be assessed by coursework throughout your degree.

What opportunities are there for work placements?

You can choose to take a year in industry after your second year to gain industrial experience. Recent placements have included GSK, The Binding Site, Micropathology and The Body Shop.
The course allows you to 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.

Many of our BSc students also choose to undertake work placements during vacations. We actively promote these placements and will support you with applications and interview skills.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

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.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB including Biology and Chemistry or AAB 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.

Applicants who are not studying A Level Biology may be required to submit a written assessment

International Baccalaureate 34 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 36 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.

Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

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 page.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

Further Information

Gap Year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days We invite all offer holders to Departmental Open Days in the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Modules

Example Core Modules (in addition a wide variety of optional modules are offered)

Year 1 – Molecules, Cells & Organisms, Agents of Infectious Disease, Physiology & Metabolism, Physical Chemistry, Quantitative Skills for Biology, Organic Chemistry, Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 2 –Molecular Cell Biology, Tools for Biochemical Discovery, Signalling & Integration in Health & Disease, Tutorials and Laboratories

Year 3 – Protein Targeting, Structural Molecular Biology, Principles of Development, Dynamics of Biological Systems, Tutorials and Research Project.

Find out more about the programme structure and a description of modules.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

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.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level
ABB including Biology and Chemistry or AAB 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.

International Baccalaureate 34 points to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 36 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.

Offers exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Code
C700

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Life Sciences

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Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.


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