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BSc Biochemistry - what you'll learn

You have the chance to learn about the molecular foundations of life in this degree - from core principles to practical applications and beyond.

The fundamentals of biochemistry are at the centre of all life. Learning from both lectures and practical work, you will learn in a layered approach, which begins with vital knowledge and expands to specialist subjects, allowing you to tailor your degree. You will carry out practical work in our purpose-built teaching laboratories, and learn from world-leading academics in engaging lectures. The degree is designed to give you the chance to study in an interactive and interesting way, gaining both academic and practical skills. The variety of our modules means that you can choose your degree to suit your own interests and whichever eventual career you're interested in.

Tailor your degree with versatile modules

Below you will find details of just a few of the fascinating modules we offer as part of this degree.

Metabolic and Practical Biochemistry

 

Biochemistry

The module will introduce you to the fundamentals of biochemistry. You will learn about key concepts such as how enzymes function and catalyse biological reactions, how metabolic pathways function (such as carbohydrate storage) and also how these pathways are regulated. There will also be a strong emphasis on you beginning to apply these concepts to physiological and pathological states. For example, the biochemical basis of altered carbohydrate storage and metabolism will be discussed in the context of diseases such as diabetes.

This module will also introduce you to the fundamentals of laboratory biochemistry. You will learn critical biochemical techniques such as chromatography, spectrophotometry and protein purification. You will have the opportunity to apply these techniques in a protein purification mini-project, preparing you for a career and future studies in biochemistry.

 

Physiological Biochemistry

Physiological BiochemistryThis module will take what you have learnt in year 1 and allow you to expand your understanding of biochemistry from the cellular to the organ level. In this module, you will learn about the intricate organ systems of the body and how biochemical reactions within these organs allow the human body to function. During this module you will see how fundamental biochemistry dictates the functioning of whole organisms, allowing a greater appreciation of the role of biochemistry from a small to large scale.

 

Protein Structure and Function

Molecular Structure

This module will allow you to focus on the intricate workings of proteins as you consider questions such as: how do proteins get their structure and what are the chemical principles governing these structures? How do we determine a protein structure? You will consider specific proteins from DNA binding proteins to proteins from viruses in your studies. You will also be introduced to computational protein resources and how on-line services allow biochemists to study proteins.

 

Applied and Integrated Biochemistry

In this module, you will consider cutting-edge biochemical topics at the forefront of the field. You will learn about the biochemical basis of disease such as cancer and microbial infections, subsequently you will explore the biochemical basis behind drugs that treat these diseases and how they work. You will also discuss topical biochemical questions such as how can we create synthetic life to better the world, for example creating bacteria that can clean up oil spills. In this module, you will also explore advanced biochemical techniques such as next generation sequencing.

 

Find out more about BSc Biochemistry

For information about this course, entry requirements and funding, take a look at our course specifications page.

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