Undergraduate

c700 - Biochemistry BSc

Biochemistry BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C700 (3 Years)

Course Overview

Interested in what causes diseases like cancer? Want to help develop new drug treatments? Biochemistry is the key to understanding how diseases occur and can be treated.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
C700

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 34-35 points

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Opportunities
Work Placement
Study Abroad

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level. You’ll study a wide range of organisms, from bacteria all the way up to humans. Topics include:

  • DNA replication and gene expression
  • the molecular basis of cancer and chronic disease

Biochemistry is responsible for a large number of scientific breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology. It can lead to a rewarding career and graduates are in high demand.

Study with us and you'll:

  • develop scientific and experimental skills through practical work in our biomedical labs
  • boost your CV through work experience here at the University
  • learn from experts and graduate with the latest knowledge of human health and disease

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

If you're interested in studying Biochemistry at Newcastle University, you can find out more below about the structure of the degree and the modules you'll study at each stage.

If you're not sure which degree you're interested in, read our Guide to Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle.

 

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Careers

Biochemistry careers

There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry - particularly leading or working as part of research teams - and many of our students choose this career path.

Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink

In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary, and agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path which can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year some students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine.

Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, and others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.

Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, for example in management, accountancy, and IT. Whichever career you choose, you can be sure that you will receive our advice and whole-hearted support.

Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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