Biochemistry with a Year Abroad (BSc (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Biochemistry with a Year Abroad at University of Kent

Learning from inspirational academics working at the cutting-edge of research, you develop the practical experience, scientific knowledge and transferable skills needed to meet your goals, both academically and in your chosen profession. Our Biochemistry degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RBS). Reasons to study Biochemistry at Kent Study a wide range of modules and build your degree around your interests.Our lecturers are both innovative teachers and active researchers. Two of our academic staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships.£2 million spent on our laboratories ensures you learn in a world-class environment - take a look around with current student Georgia.Focus on your future with expert careers advice and the opportunity to take a paid Summer Studentship, giving you valuable hands-on experience in our research labs.We collaborate with research groups in industry and academia and have excellent links with local employers, including the NHS, Lonza and Sekisui Diagnostics, Roche, Sanofi and Pfizer.Get involved with science outside of the lab by joining Kent BioSoc. This student-run society holds a seminar series, academic talks, trips and social events.Flexible Foundation Year options available. What you'll learn You’ll start by gaining an insight into key biological and chemical disciplines, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and physiology. Next you’ll build on this knowledge and develop your skills as a bioscientist to cover areas such as gene regulation, cell biology and metabolism. In your third year you will study at one of our partner institutions abroad where, as well as Biochemistry modules, you'll get the chance to study other topics that you may be interested in discovering. In your final year, you will tailor your degree to your interests through optional modules and a research project of your choice based on laboratory work, literature or data analysis. See the modules you'll study Year abroad Expand your horizons and tailor your degree to suit you with a year abroad, where you'll study at one of our partner institutions for a year. Studying abroad can help you grow in confidence, enhance your employability, plus you'll make friends in the country you're studying in and meet other adventurous students from around the world. Alternatively, it's possible to work for a year in industry on our Biochemistry with a Sandwich Year course, or you can take our three-year Biochemistry degree, without a year abroad or a sandwich year.

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory classes, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials. You have an Academic Adviser who you meet with at regular intervals to discuss your progress, and most importantly, to identify ways in which you can improve your work further so that you reach your full potential.

Most modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year exams. Exams take place at the end of the academic year and count for 50% or more of the module mark. Stage 1 assessments do not contribute to the final degree classification, but all Stage 2 and 3 assessments do, meaning that your final degree award is an average of many different components. On average, 29% of your time is spent in an activity led by an academic; the rest of your time is for independent study.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main metabolic pathways used in biological systems in catabolism and anabolism, understanding biological reactions in chemical terms
  • the variety of mechanisms by which metabolic pathways can be controlled and the way that tissue specific functions can be co-ordinated with the needs of the rest of the human body
  • the genetic organisation of various types of organism, such as microbes and humans, and the way in which genes can be expressed and their expression controlled
  • the structure and function of the main classes of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and polysaccharides
  • protein structure and function, especially enzymes
  • the structure and function of biological membranes
  • the main mechanisms by which cells in the human body can communicate with each other
  • the main principles of cell and molecular biology
  • the basic principles of microbiology
  • the main experimental techniques used in the study of biochemistry
  • the principle methods for communicating aspects of biochemistry.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • understand the scope of teaching methods and study skills relevant to a biochemistry degree
  • understand the concepts and principles in outcomes recognising and applying biochemistry specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles. For example, the relationship between genes and proteins
  • analyse, synthesise, summarise and present biochemical information
  • demonstrate competence in solving extended biochemical problems involving advanced data manipulation and comprehension using biochemical specific and transferable skills
  • integrate scientific evidence, to formulate and test hypotheses
  • structure, develop and defend complex scientific arguments by understanding and applying your knowledge base
  • plan, execute and interpret the data from a short research project
  • recognise the moral and ethical issues of biochemical investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the ability to handle biological material and chemicals in a safe way, thus being able to assess any potential hazards associated with biochemical experimentation
  • perform risk assessments prior to the execution of a biochemical experimental protocol
  • use basic and advanced experimental equipment in executing the core practical techniques used by biochemists
  • find information on biochemical systems from a wide range of information resources and maintain an effective information retrieval strategy
  • plan, execute and assess the results from biochemical experiments
  • identify the best method for presenting and reporting on biochemical investigations using written, data manipulation/presentation and computer skills
  • awareness of the employment opportunities for biochemistry graduates.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • the ability to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information: textual, numerical, verbal, graphical
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and approaches
  • problem solve by a variety of methods, especially numerical, including the use of computers
  • use the internet and other electronic sources critically as a means of communication and as a source of information
  • interpersonal and teamwork skills that allow you to identify individual and collective goals, recognise and respect views and opinions of others
  • self-management and organisational skills and the capacity to support life-long learning
  • awareness of information sources for assessing and planning future career development.

The programme aims to:

  • instil a sense of enthusiasm for biochemistry, confront the scientific, moral and ethical questions raised and engage in critical assessment of the subject material covered
  • provide a stimulating, research-active environment in which you are supported and motivated to achieve your academic and personal potential
  • educate you in the theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry
  • facilitate the learning experience (integration and application of knowledge) through a variety of teaching and assessment methods
  • provide the opportunity for you to undertake an independent research project
  • prepare you for further study, or training, and employment in science and non-science based careers, by developing transferable and cognitive skills
  • provide access to as wide a range of students as practicable.

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

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