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Medical Biochemistry

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Medical Biochemistry

This degree seeks to provide a broad life science program with specific emphasis on biochemistry relevant to medicine. The course will deliver a firm foundation of the scientific basis for human health and disease with particular emphasis on the role of genetics and chemical pathways in contributing to disease. There is strong emphasis throughout the degree on the teaching of key transferable skills which will ensure that graduates of this program will be highly employable in a number of fields.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A levels in Chemistry and preferably Biology and one other STEM subject.
  • WJEC Medical Science Applied Diploma and Applied Certificate
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM (Biology and Chemistry modules required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including Biology and Chemistry (Preferred) at Higher Level
  • Access: Only Science or Bioscience diplomas provide the necessary pre-requisite knowledge: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Key Skills and General Studies not accepted.
  • International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Foundation-Molecules and Cells
  • Key Skills in Medical Science
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Biomedical Practicals
  • Physiology (& Anatomy)
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Foundations in Chemistry

Semester 2

  • Foundation-Molecules and Cells
  • Foundation in Therapeutics
  • Key Skills in Medical Science
  • Biomedical Practicals
  • Physiology (& Anatomy)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Human Immunology
  • Molecular Biology & Biochem
  • Vocational and Research Skills
  • Practical Medical Biochemistry
  • -2032: Principles of Medical Biochem

Semester 2

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology & Biochem
  • Vocational and Research Skills
  • Practical Medical Biochemistry
  • Principles of Medical Biochem

Optional Modules

  • Work Experience (Semester 1 + 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Research Project
  • Pathophysiology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Pharmacology & Drug Developmen
  • Genome Instability
  • Medical Genomics
  • Applied Medical Biochemistry

Semester 2

  • Research Project
  • Applied Medical Biochemistry
  • Contemporary issues in Med Sc

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Tuition fees

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BSc (Hons).

Career opportunities

With integrated, scientific knowledge and skills such as critical appraisal, communication and problem solving, graduates will have high employability in science-based areas. They will also be ideally placed for MSci and PhD programs and for research positions within academia and the NHS (including the NHS Scientist Training Program).

Employment opportunities include, clinical bioinformatics, clinical pharmaceutical science, physiological sciences, clinical biochemistry, genomic counselling, paramedic sciences, and physician associate. Please note many of these require further postgraduate study and/or training.

Additionally, graduates from the Medical Biochemistry degree will be well positioned for employment within the pharmaceutical industry

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We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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