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Biochemistry (MBio) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

BIOCHEMISTRY MBIO

Full-time 2019 entry

Following an in-depth foundation in biochemistry, this course broadens out to allow a focus on more specialist fields. These include biophysical chemistry, which covers biological macromolecules at the atomic
level, and understanding the genome and gene
regulation.


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Our exceptionally wide range of options allows you to pursue areas that interests you. You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of the biochemical and structural basis of molecular, cellular and development processes in a variety of organisms. You’ll benefit from our tutorial system for academic and pastoral support, alongside high-quality laboratory time. You can opt to take a year-long industrial placement or study abroad between your second and third years. Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an additional final-year research project or industrial placement.

A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year.

First year all core modules. There are increasingly more optional modules throughout the degree.

Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, laboratory work, and independent and group research.

Class size

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 280 students. The modules you take in years 2 and 3 will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.

Contact hours

12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.

Approximately 35% of marks will be assessed by course work throughout the degree. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (6%), Year 2 (18%), Year 3 (36%) and your final year (40%).

Students can opt for a study abroad placement at the end of year two at one of the School or University partner institutions. They are given support to secure a placement.

Students can chose to complete their fourth year research project out in industry. There is also the opportunity to study abroad in partner institutions across the world.

A level: AAA to include Biology or AAB to include Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics, plus one of the following:

- 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

  • IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 38 to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics, plus one of the following:

  • - 6 at IB Standard Level in Biology or

  • - GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or

  • - GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6

  • 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

  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Agents of Infectious Disease
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

Year 2

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Tools for Biochemical Discovery
  • Protein Biochemistry
  • Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease

Year 3

  • Research Project
  • Protein Targeting
  • Structural Molecular Biology
  • Biological Clocks
  • Dynamics of Biological Systems

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Science Communication
  • Immunology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Oncology
  • Principles of Development
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules

Graduate Job Titles include: Graduate Scientist; Research & Development Associate; Editorial Assistant (Science Publisher); laboratory Technician; NHS Research Project Assistant; Management Development Associate; Recruitment Consultant; Seed Pathology Technician; NHS Assistant Theatre Practitioner.
Graduate Destinations include: AstraZeneca; Diabetes UK; GlaxoSmithKline; RAGT Seeds; NHS; Oxford BioMedica; Brainlabs Digital Advertising Agency; Lloyds Bank; Mantlepiece PR.

The School has a dedicated careers advisor, offers careers-focused tutorials and runs network events with past students and relevant employers to help career decisions.

A level AAA to include Biology or AAB to include Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics, plus one of the following:

- 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

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 38 to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics, plus one of the following:

- 6 at IB Standard Level in Biology or

- GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or

- GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6

UCAS Code
C1A2

Award
Master of Biology (MBio)

Duration
4 years full-time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

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.