BSc Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. Combining theoretical knowledge with lab-based practical skills, students are placed at the forefront of biomedical research to learn about the beauty of the living world.
Please note: This course is open for applications for the foundation year only in 2016. Applications to the first year of the degree are for October 2017
BSc Biochemistry features core themes from a wide range of science subjects including chemistry, molecular biology and immunology. You will deal with real-world issues in medicine and the environment, developing a vigorous understanding of biochemistry. Boasting world-class facilities, your laboratory, research and analytical skills will be developed throughout the course.
Unique to this course are the two work placement opportunities. Students have the option to go on year-long industrial placements, developing excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.
This course is designed for students with a strong scientific interest and a desire to develop their knowledge and practical skills in biochemistry.
The degree programme in biochemistry focuses on core themes from a wide range of science subjects including chemistry, molecular biology and immunology. After a broad first year, this degree focuses on cellular biochemistry. As you progress to the final year, a wide choice of biochemistry module options is available.
Unique to this course are the two opportunities to gain relevant work experience - the one-year placement of 120 credits and a 30 credit work experience module. Students can use the Placement Office to help secure relevant placements.
This module introduces students to fundamental laboratory and research techniques that underpin the study of biological sciences. Skills introduced in this module include observations and note taking; data handling, analysis and presentation; safe working practises and the ability to communicate scientific ideas in a variety of formats. The module will enable students to develop these skills within their degree programme and facilitate recognition of these skills in relation to employability.
The main aim of this module is to introduce and familiarise students with the key metabolic pathways of energy metabolism. This includes the study of photosynthesis, cellular respiration and bioenergetics and the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and their derivatives.
This module explores the cell as the basic functional unit of life investigating the structure and function of cell components and introducing the cell cycle and the biology of disease. Concepts of evolution and the principles of inheritance are explained at the molecular level.
This module is an introduction to the scope of microbiology, the nature and importance of micro-organisms and factors influencing their growth and survival. The module explores the field of microbiology and its applications and importance in biotechnological processes, the environment and in health and disease.
This module provides students with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin their future studies in biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base around key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry using examples from health and the environment to reinforce ideas. Students will acquire a range of laboratory practical skills and learn how to analyse and interpret experimental results and put these into context with theoretical concepts.
This module aims to provide students with knowledge of human anatomy and its hierarchical organisation from cell to organ system. An understanding of how the main body systems and mechanisms involved maintaining a "state of health" will be developed along with an introduction to how these systems can malfunction. Grounding in practical anatomy will be provided which includes “hands on” practical work in identification and recognition of the main anatomical features of organs and structures of the body.
This module provides students with the knowledge of biochemical molecules and their physiological functions. Particular emphasis is placed on the molecular structure and its relationship with the biological function. Reaction mechanisms and kinetics of biochemical reactions will be explored with a particular emphasis on enzyme kinetics.
This module will reinforce and expand on the year 1 module Cell Biology and Genetics. The overall aim is for the student to obtain understanding of the molecular processes occurring in organisms. In addition, students will gains experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly employed molecular methods and genetic tools and techniques.
This module aims to introduce the concepts and language of immunology that are, or may be, applied clinically. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the different cellular and molecular communication processes. Laboratory skills will be developed in using immunological and endocrinological techniques and interpreting data.
This module builds upon the principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry developed through the year 1 module Fundamentals of Chemistry. In this module students will develop a more complete appreciation of the chemical reactions relevant to biochemistry with emphasis on common reactions in metabolic processes, integrating mechanisms and arrow pushing.
This module provides students with the knowledge of important “state of the art” analytical methods in biological sciences. There is a focus on developing practical skills in analytical methods and the analysis and interpretation of results. Particular emphasis will be on proteins in the context of clinical diagnostics and environmental assessment.
The module aims to provide students with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.
The year-long placement is an opportunity for students to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting gaining important and relevant skills related to their programme. The module aims to enhance student’s employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills and enable students to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to their degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement students will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate their understanding of the workplace and enhance their skills of self-reliance and communication. The placement experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-reliance, communication, self-expression and co-operation.
The module will develop key concepts in specialist areas of biochemistry in relation to human diseases. Advanced topics on molecular basis of disease will be delivered, based primarily around the research specialisations of staff within the biochemistry teaching group.
This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.
This module will provide an introduction to bioinformatics and aims to give an overview of the computational tools that are commonly used. The module will follow a hands-on approach. Genome and proteome data will be retrieved from public repositories and analysed for biological patterns using command line and graphical user interface tools.
This module provides students with practical skill on laboratory techniques important for research and analysis in the field of biochemistry. Students will build on their learning from year 2 module in Analytical Techniques to plan, set-up and carry out experiments and analyse results and critically evaluate these and the methodology.
This module will build on the skills the student has acquired when undertaking BIO2005 and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.
The module considers current approaches to genetic manipulation and the widening fields of their applications. Ethical issues and regulations of the field of gene technology will be explored.
The module gives students an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to them. Students will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of their choosing and then present their findings orally and in writing.
The module enables students to recognise the current and future impact of green biotechnology. The module will explore the role of biotechnology in plant and animal biotechnology, in waste remediation, clean and dirty water management, and the production of renewable energy sources. The importance of these processes for society and health will be explored.
This module aims to provide students with an overview of reactions of particular utility in the synthetic organic laboratory. Students will be trained in designing synthetic routes for complex organic molecules integrating mechanistic aspects and stereochemistry control. Examples from recent literature will be discussed.
This module enables students to gain credits for work experience related to their programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for students to work in a relevant organisation and enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.
Teaching on this course will be delivered in a number of formats with a strong emphasis on active student participation, practical work and the use of e-learning.
This programme will be delivered on our Hendon campus where we have a range of dedicated and modern teaching laboratory facilities. In addition, there are specialist research laboratories in molecular biology, chemistry, and cancer research and cell culture facilities.
Lectures will be used primarily to introduce key information, concepts and theories. Seminar presentations will increase your knowledge and enable active participation in learning.
Seminars will comprise a variety of formats including debates, case study and problem solving analysis. In addition, there will be student-led seminars, reviewing and consolidating learning.
Interactive sessions and laboratory workshops will be used to develop skills in hypothesis formation, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Both the placement and the work experience module provide excellent opportunities to gain essential employability skills and experience of working in science. This can be in an industrial, research laboratory or hospital-based environment.
You will be expected to have successfully completed year 2 before you go into a work experience module. There are no university fees for the placement year.
Students will be visited twice by the university and supported by an in-placement mentor, the placement office and a member of the programme team.
To apply for this course, we require you to have obtained 5 GCSEs (Grade C or above) or 5 GCEs (Grade C or above) including English Language and Mathematics.
You will also need to have one of the following:
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Public Health foundation page.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
A degree in Biochemistry will help you develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, team work and communicating information, to make you an asset from day one of your career.
Students will be prepared for careers in the following industries:
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a biosciences undergraduate degree at Middlesex, with many students choosing to continue their studies at postgraduate and PhD level.
Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Biochemistry degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.