Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Biochemistry

Biosciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich C701 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time C703 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich C700 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time C702 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

£17M

investment in new STEMLAB facilities

NEW

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Biochemistry course overview

Biochemistry explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. This exciting new course offers a thorough grounding in biology and chemistry, with an emphasis on practical laboratory work. The programme is centred on molecular level processes and effects, particularly focussing on those of importance for human health.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

Indicative areas for your studies may include:

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Lab Skills for Biology
  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Structure and Reactivity
  • Data Analysis and Scientific Skills

Year 2

Indicative areas studied may include:

  • Cellular Signalling and Transport
  • Functional Genomics
  • Metabolic Basis of Health
  • Lab Skills for Biology II
  • Research Methods: Data Analysis
  • Structure and Reactivity II or Anatomy and Physiology or Interdisciplinary Studies

Optional placement/study year

Students taking the four-year course spend their third year on placement in an approved occupation or studying at an international university relevant to their degree. Satisfactory completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Studies or Diploma in International Studies. Although it is the student's responsibility to arrange the placement or exchange, considerable support is available from within the School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences and the wider University (e.g. Student Services).

Final Year

Indicative areas for your studies may include:

  • Research Project


Options selected from:

  • Cellular Adaptation and Degeneration
  • Advanced Genetics of Health
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Virology and Oncology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Metabolism
  • Drugs: Mode of Action and Screening or Drugs: Synthesis and Properties

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

 

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


C701 Biochemistry - MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Chemistry plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Chemistry at grade A
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C703 Biochemistry - MSci (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Chemistry plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including HL Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science: D*D plus A Level Chemistry at grade A
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C700 Biochemistry - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Chemistry plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level Chemistry at grade B
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

C702 Biochemistry - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Chemistry plus one other science or Mathematics
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science:: D*D plus A Level Chemistry at grade B
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics grade C/4

* Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered as science subjects for admissions purposes. Physical Education is not counted as a science but is acceptable as a third subject.

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £TBC   |   International fee: £TBC

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

This course prepares you for both jobs directly and indirectly related to a Biochemistry degree. Those directly related may include, analytical chemistry, biomedical science, healthcare support, clinical biochemistry, clinical research, forensic science, research science, life science, scientific laboratory technical work and toxicology In addition to directly related scientific opportunities many other careers are open to Biochemistry graduates including work in teaching, business and management, finance and accounting and many roles involved with project management and organisation.

Industrial placements

Students taking the four-year course spend their third year on placement in an approved occupation relevant to their degree.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Our students

Anand

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Andy

Course

Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Year of Study

4th

James

Course

Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

MChem (Hons)

Year of Study

3rd

Marilyn

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Reece

Course

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

MChem (Hons)

Year of Study

3rd

Shivali

Course

Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Qualifications

MChem (Hons)

Year of Study

1st

Department / School Key Information Sets

MSci (Hons) DPS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C701

MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: C703

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C700

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: C702