Biochemistry
BSc (Hons)

2014-15 entry

Industrial Placement
Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Biochemistry at Salford:

  • Study a subject that has provided explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, plants and animals
  • Extensive opportunities for work placements and overseas study
  • Newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work.

Key Information

Course Code: C700
Start Dates: September
Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time

Course Summary

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.

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Course Details

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.

Course Structure

In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice in biosciences.

In year 2, knowledge and practical experience are developed further.

In year 3 you will be taught specialised core modules are taught along with a range of optional modules in bioscience. You will also carry out a research project.

Year 1

The Biological Chemistry module introduces the basics of molecular structure and spectroscopy, structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development, and looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics, and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.
This module will look at the multi-disciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biochemistry.
In this module you will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied generically during year 1 and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.

Year 2

Clinical and Molecular Genetics (20 credits) The aim of this module is to introduce basic concepts in molecular biology, to explain the control of gene expression in pro- and eukaryotes and how dysfunction in these processes can lead to human genetic disorders. You will also develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.
The aim of this module is to encourage an awareness of the physiological nature of life in humans and develop an understanding of form, function and adaptation in organ systems central to the maintenance of life and interaction with the environment.
The aim of this module is to present a detailed account of molecular aspects of nucleic acid and amino acid metabolism, energy metabolism, cell signalling, enzyme activity and membrane structure and function, and to develop your understanding of biochemical processes and their relevance to living systems.
This module introduces you to the concepts of chemical and biochemical tests and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. It develops your knowledge and understanding about biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques in clinical biochemistry.
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles including: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
This module provides an appreciation of topics in molecular biology with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics and their underlying structural aspects.

Year 3

This module offers the opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of biochemistry. The module also focuses on key professional skills, aimed at improving employability.
Gain an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in industry, and develop your knowledge of a variety of biochemical processes in a range of important industrial applications.
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the physical and chemical principles underlying biological activity of selected chemotherapeutic agents and other drugs. You will investigate currently active research areas and present a coherent analysis of up to date knowledge.
This module focuses on key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your skills and enhancing your employability.

Choose one module from the following:

In this module you will be introduced to medical and public health microbiology, practical skills, methods of isolation, identification and typing of bacteria from various sources.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of selected human physiological systems including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the methodology used to monitor and assess cardiovascular and respiratory function.
This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, and the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response. It helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Part-time structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
GCSE Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent)
UCAS tariff points 260-300 points
GCE A level 260-300 points including a biological science and Chemistry
GCE A level double award 260 - 300 points including a science
BTEC National Diploma 280 points DMM in a science subject
Scottish Highers 260-300 points including appropriate science subjects
Irish Leaving Certificate 260-300 points from Higher Level including a science subject
International Baccalaureate 28 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one component
  • ESOL Skills for Life Level 2/Certificate in Advanced English/Certificate of Proficiency in English

University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)

Applicant profile

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

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Small group tutorials
  • Research Projects
  • Guided reading
  • Industrial Site Visits

Assessment

Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to a half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.

Employability

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

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.

The 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 has been mixing with a good diversity of students and as a mature student; Salford allows me to fulfil ambitions I have only dreamed about.

Links with Industry

We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which we will help to arrange, 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.

Placement Opportunities

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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£12,800

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer fee discounts and cash awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford National Scholarship Programme  

There’s a lot more funding available to those who need it, including:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • Childcare grant
  • Helena Kennedy Foundation - Article 26  

For more information please see our all about money section

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Facilities

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.