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Biochemistry MSci

Queen's University Belfast
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Belfast
English

Program description

Biochemistry MSci

The Biochemistry degree at Queen’s University Belfast, investigates the structures, functions and biological roles of molecules involved in metabolism, cell signalling and the transmission of genetic information. Research-led teaching and the opportunity to complete an integrated Master programme, help prepare our students for a career in biochemical research.

Throughout Stages 1 and 2 of the BSc Biochemistry degree, practical classes in Biochemistry reinforce and complement the theory, providing students with the solid foundation on which to build upon for Stage 3.

MSci Biochemistry students can transfer to the MSci Biochemistry with Professional Studies programme if they wish to take a year-long work placement and may choose or be required to transfer to the same named BSc degree pathways.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • AAB including Chemistry and Biology + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • AAA including Chemistry and at least one from Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
  • Where A-level Biology, Mathematics or Physics are not offered, A-levels in three other subjects including Chemistry and AS-level Biology would be considered.

Irish leaving certificate requirements

  • Higher Level grade H2 and H3 in any order in Chemistry and Biology + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
  • Higher Level grade H2 and H3 in any order in Chemistry and at least one from Mathematics or Physics + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Biology and Mathematics.

Access Course

Not considered. Applicants should apply for the BSc degree.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • 34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level including Chemistry and Biology + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • 36 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level including Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • Standard Level grade 4 would be acceptable in lieu of the GCSE requirement.

Graduate

A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirements are also met.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, 

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.


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Program content

Stage 1

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism in Organic and Bio-organic Chemistry
  • The Molecular Basis of Life
  • The World of Microorganisms

Stage 2

  • Experimental Biochemistry
  • Microorganisms in Action
  • Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology 2
  • *Throughout stages 1 and 2 practical classes in Biochemistry reinforce and compliment the theory, providing students with a solid foundation on which to build upon for stage 3.
  • *At the end of Stage 2, BSc Students may be eligible to transfer to the same named MSci degree pathway provided they meet certain requirements. MSci students may also transfer to the BSc degree at any point in stages 1 and 2.

Work Placement

  • Biochemistry students can complete an optional 16 week degree-related work placement
  • Biochemistry with Professional Studies students will complete a one year, degree related work placement

Stage 3

  • Industrial Microbiology (optional)
  • Immunology and Immunotherapy (optional)
  • Bacterial Genetics and Genetic Manipulation
  • Biomolecules in Health and Disease
  • Research Project

Stage 4

MSci Research Project

Students carry out a full-time research project under the supervision of academic staff based in one of the School‘s Biochemistry research laboratories. There are no taught modules or examinations in this year, thereby allowing students to concentrate fully on their research projects.

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £21,400
  • International - £21,400

Qualification

The MSci in Biochemistry enables students to gain an understanding of the concepts and theories relating to Biochemistry and the application of a range of practical laboratory skills. Students will explore the relevant analytical principles and techniques, and apply these in a research setting. You will understand collation, quantitative analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and the ability to problem solve.

Additional skills such as; personal and team skills, data management, presentation skills, career management planning and applying your degree in the workplace will also be covered.

Career opportunities

Biochemists can gain employment in growth areas such as the biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical industries, biomedical research, the NHS and research and development in academia and industry. Approximately one third of our graduates go on to further study before entering specialist employment.

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...


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Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

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