These exciting new four year MBiol courses combine course material and content from undergraduate and postgraduate levels, giving you a Masters-level qualification.
Why choose this course?
If you have drive and ambition to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia or onto a PhD, then this course is ideal for you. It provides tailored knowledge, technical skills and research expertise to help you stand out in the jobs market.
On this course you will:
- develop the practical skills employers are looking for with a project in your third year and a year-long project in your final year
- work with our internationally renowned experts - they will supervise and review your research projects
- get a Masters-level qualification - your research project will be assessed and moderated using Masters-level criteria and your final year modules will be of Masters level.
- become work-ready - you have the option of a 12 month work placement in the third year, which can build upon your practical experience and is often paid.
You might also be interested in BSc (Hons) Biochemistry.
What you'll study
Our biochemistry degrees begin by giving you an understanding of how biological and physical principles are integrated in, and used to investigate broad living processes from cells to organisms. After this, an understanding and application of one of the three different subject areas is developed, but the suite of courses remains cohesive by containing common strands in bioinformatics, experimental design and communication.
You will gain practical experience in fundamental techniques including PCR (polymerase chain reaction), molecular cloning (DNA modification), protein purification and analysis, biochemical catalysis and kinetic models, fluorescence techniques (including confocal microscopy) and molecular analysis of gene expression (quantitative PCR). There will also be a strong emphasis in bioinformatics (computer algorithms-based analysis of gene databases and protein structure-function relationships).
Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills upon which other modules are developed.
Practical Techniques for Biology
Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.
Genetics and Immunology
Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.
Introduction to Biochemistry
Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and interrelationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.
Introduction to Microbiology
Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.
Introduction to Pharmacology
Considers the principles of how drugs work, including factors that affect the magnitude of the response to drugs, specificity of drug
action, drug interactions and side effects of drugs.
Bioinformatics and Biomathematics
Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of bioinformatics using web-based resources, database structures and Bayesian and maximumlikelihood theories.
Metabolism and its Control
Explore the central pathways of oxidative catabolism and anabolism of carbohydrates and fats in eukaryotic cells. You'll also cover the biochemical basis of cellular signal transduction.
Molecular Biology and Protein Structure
Learn about the functions of polymerases, binding proteins, helicases, ligases, topoisomerases and promosomes in DNA replication as well as RNA polymerases.
Gain an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study required for an undergraduate project. Formulate a research question, search literature, practice experimental design and practice data collection and statistical analysis.
Study the concepts of current biochemical techniques and their practical applications in science. Molecular Genetics of Human Diseases You will develop knowledge and .understanding of gene therapy.
Placement year (optional)
You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year. The below modules would be Year Four for placement students.
Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well
as oral presentations and plagiarism.
Cell Signalling and Cancer
A range of exciting and up to date topics on cell proliferation and cell death. The cell cycle, the cytoskeleton and signal transduction will be presented, and we will discuss their implication in carcinogenesis.
Current Topics in Biochemistry
Biological research is driven by new paradigms, often introduced by novel therapies and / or techniques. The molecular basis of modern biology results in many of these developments having a strong biochemistry element, so this module introduces the latest developments by addressing them from a biochemical perspective.
Using artificial neural networks, discover how to find biomarkers and validate them. Carry out proteomic and genomic data analysis, examine phylogenetics and genome assembly.
Comparative Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics
Introduction to developmental biology and concepts in speciation and evolution.
This will be Year Five for placement students.
Prepare for engagement in medical and science writing, education and policy making, where communicating knowledge to national and international audiences is key.
MBiol Research Project
This substantial independent research project runs for the whole of your final year giving you the opportunity to explore and expand your research skills in an area than interests you.
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Careers and employability
Your career development
As well as the Masters-level practical laboratory skills, this course will equip you with transferable skills in critical analysis and understanding, qualities and attributes necessary for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, teaching, and research.
You will be well placed to pursue positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and the majority of biological science related disciplines.
Our recent biochemistry graduates have gone into a wide range of industries and fields including:
- hospitals (clinical analysis)
- university research departments (laboratory technicians)
- agriculture (plant biotechnology)
- food institutes and companies
- industrial laboratories (quality control)
- government administration (adviser for science policies).
Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:
- Eurofins - sample registration technician
- Nottingham City Hospital - medical laboratory assistant
- Nova Laboratory - biochemist
- Severn Trent Services - laboratory technician.
Excellent placement opportunities
After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one years' work placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.
You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award: the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
Recent Biochemistry students have secured placements in the following companies:
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
- Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
- John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
- Health Protection Agency
- Centre de Biologie et de Pathologie
- Scott Bader
- British American Tobacco
- National Institute Medical Research.