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Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

University of Dundee
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Dundee
English

About this program

Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level – from the normal functions of metabolism, DNA replication and repair, to the function of proteins carrying information within and between cells.

Knowing what happens in normal cells helps scientists understand why things go wrong, and what happens when they do.

This degree starts with a broad range of life science topics at Levels 1 and 2. You’ll then focus on more detailed aspects of biochemistry at Levels 3 and 4.

Your first two years of study will explore cell biology, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms and processes. You will also develop your practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Throughout your degree, you can pick modules that interest you and also transfer to one of our other courses if you choose the relevant modules.

Lab sessions throughout your degree will help you integrate knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade requirements

  • Standard: AABB at Higher
  • Widening access: ABBB at Higher

Essential subjects

  • Higher - Biology and Chemistry and
  • National 5 / Intermediate 2 - Mathematics at C or
  • Standard Grade - Mathematics at 3

Level 2 entry

Grade requirements

  • AB at Advanced Higher and
  • BB at Higher

Essential subjects

  • Advanced Higher - Biology and Chemistry and
  • Higher - different subjects and
  • National 5 / Intermediate 2 - Mathematics at C or
  • Standard Grade - Mathematics at 3

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) - 6.0
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5
  • Writing - 6.0

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


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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Biomolecules
  • Evolution of Cells
  • Numeracy, Chemistry and Physics for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Core Skills in the Life Sciences 1A
  • Genes & Heredity
  • Origins of Animal Organ Systems
  • Core Skills 1B

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • The Poison Pen
  • Science and Society
  • Introduction to Scientific Enterprise
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

Level 2

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Cellular Communication
  • Core Skills 2A
  • Human Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Core Skills 2B

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Data Analysis for the Life Sciences
  • Introductory Programming for Life Sciences
  • Developing Scientific Enterprise
  • Introductory Anatomy

Level 3

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Molecular Structure & Interactions
  • Biochemistry & Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Gene Regulation & Expression
  • Cell Signalling
  • Practical Project A
  • Practical Project B

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Data and Statistical Analysis
  • Bioinformatics Research Skills 1
  • Science Communication

Level 4

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Research Project: Biological Sciences
  • Research Skills in Biological Sciences
  • Advanced Gene Regulation & Expression

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Stem Cells in Development and Disease

Level 5

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • MSci Research Skills
  • MSci Project Planning
  • MSci Research Project

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year
  • EU settled / pre-settled status: £ 1,820 per year
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year
  • EU and International: £ 22,950 per year

Career paths

A degree in biochemistry opens the door to many career options. Graduates are in great demand in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare agricultural and food industries, with openings for laboratory work or in the marketing, sales and management areas. Comparable openings can be found in the various agricultural, medical and veterinary research institutes, hospitals and the scientific Civil Service, in teaching in further or higher education, and in publishing and scientific patenting.

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