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C701 - Biochemistry

Biochemistry

MSci Honours

  • UCAS code: C701
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This four-year Biochemistry MSci degree prepares you for a career at the forefront of life-saving medical developments with advanced knowledge and practical skills.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 34-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

Our Biochemistry integrated master's degree studies life at the molecular level. You'll develop an understanding of what causes diseases like cancer and how new technologies and drug treatments can help patients.

You’ll explore the chemical processes that occur in cells of other living organisms, from bacteria to humans. You'll also gain knowledge and skills in molecular biology, biomedical sciences, biotechnology.

You’ll learn how analytical techniques used by the industry – particularly the pharmaceutical or biotech companies – are used to discover or design new drugs or solve environmental problems.

The course includes topics such as:

  • DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • control of gene expression
  • molecular basis of cancer and chronic diseases
  • applications of biochemistry in real-world problems such as biofuels, drug-design, nano-circuits and bio-sensing

BSc or MSci?

Some of our degrees are offers at two levels:

  • three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • four-year Master in Science (MSci)

Our MSci degrees include an additional year of advanced study at master’s level, where you will gain additional research and practical experience to increase your employability and have the opportunity to work alongside our world-leading experts.

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Additional information

Transfer to Medicine or Dentistry

There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.

You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UKCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • cell signalling and cell cycle
  • proteins, enzymes and analysis
  • protein trafficking and membrane
  • biochemistry of cancer, chronic diseases and gene expression
  • applied and integrated biochemistry

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2 15
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

Our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • cell signalling and cell cycle
  • proteins, enzymes and analysis
  • protein trafficking and membrane
  • biochemistry of cancer, chronic diseases and gene expression
  • applied and integrated biochemistry

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry and Genetics of Signalling and the Cell Cycle 20
DNA Replication, recombination and Repair 10
Proteins and Enzymes 20
Protein Trafficking and Biological Membranes 20
Advanced Protein Analysis 10
Essential Biomedical Research Skills 20
Control of Eukaryotic Gene Expression 10
Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System 10

Our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • cell signalling and cell cycle
  • proteins, enzymes and analysis
  • protein trafficking and membrane
  • biochemistry of cancer, chronic diseases and gene expression
  • applied and integrated biochemistry

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree.

You will undertake an extended individual research project which begins in the final semester of Stage 3 and continues throughout your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Integrated Biochemistry 10
Biochemistry of Gene Expression 20
Applied Biochemistry 20
Biochemistry of Cancer and Chronic Diseases 20
Optional Modules Credits
Research in Biochemistry & Genetics 10
Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist 10
Research in Biomedical Sciences 10
Health and Illness: Professional and Societal Perspectives 10
Science Communication 10
Bioethics 10
Bioinformatics 10
Research Design Project 40
Research project for exchange students 40
Research Project for Stage 3 MSci Students 40

Our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as:

  • DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • cell signalling and cell cycle
  • proteins, enzymes and analysis
  • protein trafficking and membrane
  • biochemistry of cancer, chronic diseases and gene expression
  • applied and integrated biochemistry

You'll complete a research project in an area linked to your degree.

You will undertake an extended individual research project which begins in the final semester of Stage 3 and continues throughout your final year.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Research Project 80
Optional Modules Credits
Bioinformatics Theory and Practice 20
Global Health 20
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 20
The Biological Study of Behaviour 20
Ageing & Health 20
Experimental Medicine & Therapeutics 20
Drug discovery and development 20
Cancer Studies 20
Cell Cycle Control and Cell Signalling in Health and Disease 20
Clinical Epidemiology 20
The Biological Basis of Psychiatric Illness & Its Treatment 20
Biology of Ageing 20
Genetics of Common Disease 20
Applied Immunobiology of Human Disease 20
Molecular Microbiology 20
Studying Life at the Molecular Level 20
Sensory Systems 20
Scientific Basis of Neurological Disorders 20
Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells 20
Transplantation Sciences 20
Genetic Medicine 20
Developmental Genetics 20
Toxicology 20
Mitochondrial Biology & Medicine 20
Diabetes 20
Therapy Development for Rare Diseases: the neuromuscular paradigm 20
Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease 20
Bioscience Research Development and Enterprise 20
Comparative Cognition: Information Processing in Humans and Other Animals 20

Choose your remaining 40 credits from the range of Master's-level modules outlined above.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, and small group seminars.

To support your learning, you will be able to access online resources such as lecture and teaching materials and recordings on our main Virtual Learning Environment.

You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Research skills

In your third year, you complete a research project on a topic that interests you. This gives you practical experience of planning and conducting research, boosting your CV with desirable skills.

During your final year, you will undertake a 10-week research project, and work alongside research staff, in either one of our cutting-edge research laboratories or in one of our ERASMUS exchange laboratory-based projects in different parts of Europe.

You'll plan, design and conduct your experiments under the supervision of an academic staff, learning advanced research technical skills.

Business skills

In your third year, you'll select a module, designed to boost your professional skills in an employment area that we know many of our graduates progress to, for example:

  • microbiology
  • healthcare organisation and practice
  • science communication
  • research in biochemistry
  • bioethics
  • bioinformatics

You'll have the chance to take a 6-to-8-week summer research placement in a research lab and develop strong professional skills, or a one-year professional placement in industry or in a research laboratory.

Practical skills 

Biochemistry is a practical science. You’ll have many opportunities to develop technical laboratory competencies, as well as essential professional skills.

You'll develop fundamental biochemistry techniques, bioinformatics knowledge and data analysis and problem-solving skills through practical laboratory sessions.

You'll also have opportunities to further develop your technical and transferable skills, by applying for a part-time laboratory assistant job during your second year working in one of our research labs, and contributing to the world-leading research carried in our institutes.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy.

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • large teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

Your future

Graduates from our Biochemistry degrees have gone on to work in internationally recognised companies, such as: 

  • BUPA
  • Helena Biosciences Europe
  • Cellmark
  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Quantum Pharmaceutical
  • GlaxoSmithKline Plc

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAA-AAB

International Baccalaureate

34-35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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