Medical Biochemistry (MSci (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSci (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 16500 per year

All study options

About Medical Biochemistry at Swansea University

Course Overview

Medical Biochemistry is the study of how cells work at the molecular and sub-molecular levels and has been described as the basis of modern medicine. Medical biochemists develop new ideas and products that are applied to the biggest health challenges we face today.

*Medical Biochemistry students may be guaranteed an interview for Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh at Swansea University by choosing the appropriate pathway, performing satisfactorily and meeting the minimum entry criteria at the time of application to Graduate Entry Medicine*

Key features

This degree will:

  •  train you to work in areas such as cancer research, medical laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry
  • prepare you for further study that enables you to take up research positions in industry
  • equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in the biotechnology, agrochemical and food industries
  • provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • provide specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques

In the final year, you will complete an advanced research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist. By working as an independent researcher, you will develop effective project management skills and will be trained to design experiments and plan work programmes.

The Medical Biochemistry degree also provides appropriate training for students who wish to undertake further study to become a medical doctor.  Many of our students who decided to follow this career path have successfully gone on to study Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea.

For more information, view the BSc Biochemistry Programmes e-brochure

Course description

During each year of your degree, you will be required to study 120 credits, made up of compulsory and optional modules.  The Medical School offers undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Genetics, Medical Genetics and a combined honours in Biochemistry & Genetics.  To compare what you could study in these five pathways, click on  Modules available 17-18to find a spreadsheet showing the modules available.

(If you download this Excel spreadsheet and save it on your PC, then click on the title of each module in the second column whilst connected to the internet, you should see further details from the module catalogue. These links from the spreadsheet may not work with some browser settings, nor iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.)

Below is a sample of some of the modules that you could study at each level:

Year 1

Biochemistry Skills Development
Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Metabolic Regulation and Molecular Physiology
Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
Chemistry of Life
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups
Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
Cellular and Microbial Biology

Year 2

Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
Amino Acids, Lipid and Steroids
Biochemistry Skills Development II
Biomolecular Techniques
Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes and Signal Transduction
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Human and Medical Genetics
Gene Expression
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Cell and Immunobiology

Year 3

Biomolecular Research Project
Aspects of Human Sensory and Metabolic Biochemistry
Membranes and Energy Transduction
Nucleic Acids: Components, Metabolism and Modification
Membrane Trafficking
Biochemistry of Natural Products
Medical Genetics
Mutations and Human Health
Genetics of Cancer
Biochemistry Literature Review and Communication

Level 4

Advanced Biomolecular Research Project
Communicating Ideas and Public Understanding of Science
Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSci (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 16500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSci (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,500

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is AAB at A-Level [or equivalent for other qualifications: 136 UCAS tariff points].

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

IB: 34 (including good HL grades in Chemistry and Biology).

We make individual offers for your circumstances after reading your UCAS personal statements and references.

Find out the entry requirements for an International Student.

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