Outstanding 100% student satisfaction rate for this course (NSS 2016)
4 year Royal Society of Biology accredited option, with research-lead placement year
Newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work
Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine, in agriculture and in many chemical and health related industries. Biochemistry is also unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering, the two basic components of the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.
The BSc Pharmaceutical Science and BSc Biochemistry programmes with 1 year placement are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accreditation is dependent upon successful completion of this placement.
Research areas in which you can participate in include: nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, natural products, biomarkers, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, skin modelling, lung diseases, biotechnology, toxicology and much more.
We are bringing the industry to you by integrating contributions and perspectives from industry experts, meaning that you will be well prepared for life after university as well as being more employable.
Dr Carole Mead talks about her career since graduating from the University of Salford
This course will provide you with a sound training and equip you with many of the personal and practical skills you will need for your future career. It is a flexible course designed to offer you plenty of choice so that you can either study a broad range of topics or specialise in particular areas of biochemistry.
Choose one module from the following:
If you are studying part-time you select two to four modules from each year of study, completing the rest of the modules for the year in the following year. This leads to a maximum six-year duration for a part-time degree. If studying part-time you do not have the placement option.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|European Baccalaureate||Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject|
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||104-120 points|
|GCE A level||104-120 points including a biological discipline and Chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in a suitable science subject|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Possible entry to year 3|
|Foundation Degree||Possible entry to year 3|
|Scottish Highers||104-120 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects (Biology and Chemistry)|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104-120 points from Higher Level including a science subject (Biology and Chemistry)|
|International Baccalaureate||28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor for this course before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences School Office on: +44 (0)161 295 4656
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in both the chemical and biological sciences, and a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field.
Teaching, learning and assessment are inclusive, balanced and progressive to facilitate and encourage student independence and self-responsibility for learning during advancement through the programme.
A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, such as:
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination with coursework accounting for around 65% throughout the course.
Continuous formative and summative assessments include:
This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, as well as in clinical or other biomedical areas such as forensic science and analytical biochemistry. Our graduates are either employed in bioscience with companies which include AstraZeneca and the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, or carry on to further study.
Physiologists with knowledge of biochemistry are in demand in sports science, in healthcare and hospitals and in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in research establishments and other areas of bioscience.
Ian Nesbitt - Graduate
All the modules in biochemistry are really interesting and at the cutting-edge of research. The University has a great reputation in drug design and cancer research.
This course has given me a great insight into various aspects of cell biology, cell signalling pathways that regulate biological systems, metabolism and bio-informatical analysis of genomes. I am particularly interested in genetics and developmental biology.
The lecturers are very approachable and knowledgeable in their field; this has enabled me to get as much out of the course as possible.
One of the highlights of being at Salford was mixing with a good diversity of students and as a mature student, Salford allowed me to fulfill ambitions I had only dreamed about.
We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, between years 2 and 3 of the full-time course, making a four year course overall. In many cases this can be a salaried position with a major company or have financial support linked to a public health laboratory or hospital (such as the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool). In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.
Recent biochemistry placement students have been based at AstraZeneca in Cheshire, Patterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester and the Hochschule in Bremen, North Germany. You arrange placements with our support.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
We have newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work in biochemistry. State-of-the-art instrumentation includes MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time