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Medical Biochemistry/Clinical Biochemistry BSc/MSci

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Code
BSc: C74A
MSci: C790
Start
October 2018
Duration
BSC: 3 years full-time, 4 years with placement, 6 years part-time
MSci: 4 years full-time, 5 years with placement, 8 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Dirk Wildeboer

Described as the basis of modern medicine, medical biochemistry addresses the functioning of normal and diseased organisms from a biochemical point of view. Learn to develop new ideas and products that are applied to the biggest health challenges we face today.

Why study BSc Medical Biochemistry/MSci Clinical Biochemistry at Middlesex University?

There are two honours degree programmes available for each area of study – a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a four-year Master of Science (MSci).

The degree explores the field of biochemistry with a focus on human biology and medicine. Core themes include chemistry, molecular biology and immunology. You will develop key laboratory, research and diagnostic skills throughout the course, working in our cutting-edge laboratory facilities. We will teach you to think like a biochemist and arm you with the essential skills and knowledge to work across the breadth of biochemical processes that impact our lives.

Unique to this course is the emphasis placed on work experience. You will have the option to go on a year-long industrial placement, developing excellent employment prospects and transferable skills to meet your future aspirations.

This course is designed for students with a strong scientific interest and a desire to develop their knowledge and practical skills in biochemistry.

If you apply for our four-year MSci Clinical Biochemistry, which offers advanced study in disciplines such as clinical disorders and toxicology, and an intensive laboratory research project, you will gain a masters qualification when you successfully complete your undergraduate degree.

Course highlights

  • Opportunities to gain work experience through a one-year placement and work experience module
  • Access to modern research and analytical laboratory facilities in our Hatchcroft Building
  • Develop skills in a wide range of techniques that are at the forefront of biomedical research and industry
  • The chance to become a member of the Middlesex Biochemical Society
  • First-hand experience in our cancer, microbiology and applied biochemistry research groups
  • Develop a wide range of knowledge and skills related to the biggest current issues in human health
  • Receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Medical Biochemistry/MSci Clinical Biochemistry?

This course covers the field of biochemistry with a focus on human biology and medicine and includes core themes from a wide range of science subjects including chemistry, molecular biology and immunology. Laboratory, research and diagnostic methods will be developed throughout the course. You will learn practical skills in analytical and diagnostic techniques applicable in a wide range of fields including industry and research.

What will you gain?

As well as in-depth knowledge on the subject, you will also gain a wide range of skills relating to some of the biggest current issues in public health as well as the key techniques required in the human health and medicine industries. You will have the knowledge and skills in n medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and public health education and the ability to undertake biochemical research related to human health. You will also gain numeracy, research, collaborative and presentation skills. With the MSci, you will gain additional postgraduate skills to work in Clinical Biochemistry laboratories in hospitals, research organisations or industry

What is the difference between the BSc and MSci course?

There are two honours degree programmes available for each area of study – a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a four-year Master of Science (MSci).

Both degrees share a common first three years but due to the advanced nature of the MSci programme students must demonstrate they have the high level knowledge and skills required at the end of year 2 and 3 to progress on the programme.

You must apply direct to either the BSc or MSci, but you can also choose to change programme. You must apply for the MSci in Year 1 if you want to guarantee your student loan will cover the fourth year of fees.

Work experience

There are two opportunities to gain relevant work experience, the one-year placement and a work experience module. Both the placement and the work experience module provide excellent opportunities to gain employability skills, transferable skills and experience of working in science. This may be in an industrial, research laboratory or hospital-based environment for example.

BSc Medical Biochemistry modules

  • Year 1

    • Biological Techniques (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module introduces the 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 you to develop these skills within your degree programme and facilitate recognition of these skills in relation to employability.

    • Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to introduce and familiarise yourself 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.

    • Cell Biology and Genetics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Principles of Microbiology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin your 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. You 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.

    • Physiology and Anatomy (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the 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.

  • Year 2

    • Functional Biochemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides the knowledge of biochemical molecules and their physiological functions. 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.

    • Molecular Biology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 module Cell Biology and Genetics. The overall aim is for the you to obtain understanding of the molecular processes occurring in organisms. In addition, you will gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly employed molecular methods and genetic tools and techniques.

    • Immunology and Endocrinology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Research Methods and Project Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide 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.

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces pharmaceutical chemistry. It examines the essential biochemistry on which understanding of medicinal chemistry is built and discusses strategies involved in developing an effective drug.

    • Medical Diagnostic Techniques (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The module will provide an understanding of the medical diagnostics techniques used in diagnosis of hereditary disorders, infectious diseases, blood disorders and oncology. A comprehensive range of current techniques that are used will be covered. An overview of the future potential of genomics, metabolomics and proteomics will be given. The module will have a strong practical component.

  • Sandwich Year (Optional)

    • Biology placement

      This year-long placement is an opportunity for you to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting, gaining important and relevant skills related to your programme. The module aims to enhance your employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills, and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to your degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement you will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate your understanding of the workplace and enhance your skills of self-reliance and communication, communication, self-expression and co-operation.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Clinical Biochemistry and Diagnostics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the clinical disorders of major organ function, along with the biochemical laboratory methods used in diagnosis and management. You will gain experience of the interpretation of patient results in a variety of clinical settings and of evaluation of novel methodologies for use in a clinical setting.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action and metabolism, clinical applications, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.

    • Bioinformatics (15 credits) – Optional

      This module will introduce 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.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) – Optional

      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.

    • Current Topics in Bioscience (15 credits) – Optional

      The module gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to them. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of your choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.

    • Biology Work Experience (30 credits) – Optional

      This module will enable you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.

MSci Clinical Biochemistry modules

  • Year 1

    • Biological Techniques (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module introduces the 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 you to develop these skills within your degree programme and facilitate recognition of these skills in relation to employability.

    • Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to introduce and familiarise yourself 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.

    • Cell Biology and Genetics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Principles of Microbiology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin your 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. You 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.

    • Physiology and Anatomy (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the 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.

  • Year 2

    • Functional Biochemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides the knowledge of biochemical molecules and their physiological functions. 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.

    • Molecular Biology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will reinforce and expand on the Year 1 module Cell Biology and Genetics. The overall aim is for the you to obtain understanding of the molecular processes occurring in organisms. In addition, you will gain experience in the principles, practice, quality assurance and application of commonly employed molecular methods and genetic tools and techniques.

    • Immunology and Endocrinology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Research Methods and Project Planning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide 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.

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces pharmaceutical chemistry. It examines the essential biochemistry on which understanding of medicinal chemistry is built and discusses strategies involved in developing an effective drug.

    • Medical Diagnostic Techniques (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The module will provide an understanding of the medical diagnostics techniques used in diagnosis of hereditary disorders, infectious diseases, blood disorders and oncology. A comprehensive range of current techniques that are used will be covered. An overview of the future potential of genomics, metabolomics and proteomics will be given. The module will have a strong practical component.

  • Sandwich Year (Optional)

    • Biology placement

      This year-long placement is an opportunity for you to work in an industrial, field or laboratory based setting, gaining important and relevant skills related to your programme. The module aims to enhance your employability skills, embed transferable and graduate skills, and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the knowledge gained is relevant to your degree programme and the field of biology. Through the work placement you will gain experience of working in a team, facilitate your understanding of the workplace and enhance your skills of self-reliance and communication, communication, self-expression and co-operation.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Clinical Biochemistry and Diagnostics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the clinical disorders of major organ function, along with the biochemical laboratory methods used in diagnosis and management. You will gain experience of the interpretation of patient results in a variety of clinical settings and of evaluation of novel methodologies for use in a clinical setting.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action and metabolism, clinical applications, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous modules and from the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme. Further development of research skills, analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted in completing a dissertation.

    • Bioinformatics (15 credits) – Optional

      This module will introduce 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.

    • Gene Technology (15 credits) – Optional

      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.

    • Current Topics in Bioscience (15 credits) – Optional

      The module gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within a biological sciences subject area of interest to them. You will be guided towards independent research of an appropriate topic of your choosing and then present your findings orally and in writing.

    • Biology Work Experience (30 credits) – Optional

      This module will enable you to gain credits for work experience related to your programme. It aims to link academic learning to a placement organization. The experience provides opportunities for you to work in a relevant organisation and enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, co-operation and self-reliance.

  • Year 4

    • Clinical Disorders (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with detailed knowledge and understanding of the clinical disorders of major organ function, along with the laboratory methods used in diagnosis and management. You will understand the aetiology and biochemical investigation of a range of malignancies and gain experience of performing and assuring a range of methods used in the investigation of major organ function and cancer. You will gain experience of the interpretation of patient results in a variety of clinical settings.

    • Endocrinology and Metabolism (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides the knowledge and understanding of the normal physiology and pathophysiology of the major endocrine organs in the body, emphasising the importance of clinical and biochemical parameters in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. In addition, you will gain an understanding of clinical disorders associated with malnutrition, malabsorption and obesity and the use of biochemical testing for diagnosis and management. You will perform endocrine and nutritional status assays and gain experience of the interpretation of hormone results in common endocrine and nutritional conditions.

    • Bioanalysis and Clinical Toxicology (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The module aims to examine the bioanalytical techniques used in biomedical research, and in the diagnosis of disease. It also provides a detailed understanding of the theory, practice and application of emerging bioanalytical techniques. The translation from research to clinical laboratory setting is also examined.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip you with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.

    • Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your skills in the planning and execution of an analytical, laboratory-based study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on your acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop your communication skills to enable you to communicate your findings in written and oral form.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning (BSc Medical Biochemistry)
  3. Assessment and feedback (BSc Medical Biochemistry)
  4. Teaching and learning (MSci Clinical Biochemistry)
  5. Assessment and feedback (MSci Clinical Biochemistry)
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Medical Biochemistry/MSci Clinical Biochemistry support your career?

The course will provide you with a range of academic and professional skills to prepare you for a wide range of relevant careers including working in hospitals or private laboratories in the health sector, research institutions or the pharmaceutical or biotech industry. Optional modules and individual assignments will allow you to design your course to focus on your career aspirations.

You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate or PhD level.

Industry links will be available through individual tutors and the placement office, excursions may be offered and you will have the option to go on an industrial placement. You will also be encouraged to become student members of the Biochemical Society during your studies.

Previous graduates have gone into careers in the following sectors:

  • Hospital and University labs
  • Biomedical Research facilities
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Sales, marketing and technical support
  • Science education
  • Publishing and law

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