4 year Royal Society of Biology accredited option, with research-lead placement year
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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||260-300 points including Biology and Chemistry|
|GCE A level||260-300 points including Biology and Chemistry|
|GCE A level double award||260 - 300 points including a science|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in a science subject|
|Scottish Highers||260-300 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects (Biology and Chemistry)|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||260-300 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
English Language Requirements
University of Salford English Language Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (70 – 79)
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.
You will learn through a combination of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|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.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
If you achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent) you could be awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship.
The Salford Student Bursary is available to Greater Manchester residents with a household income of less than £25,000.
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
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