BIOCHEMISTRY WITH INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT MBIO
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.
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.
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, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
- 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. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
Cells & Organisms
Agents of Infectious Disease
Physiology & Metabolism
Quantitative Skills for Biology
Tutorials and Laboratories
- Molecular Cell Biology
- Tools for Biochemical Discovery
- Signalling & Integration in Health & Disease
- Tutorials and Laboratories
- Protein Targeting
- Structural Molecular Biology
- Principles of Development
- Dynamics of Biological Systems
- Tutorials and Research Project
- Research Skills Training
- Extended Research Project.
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.
Master of Biology (MBio)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
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