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, including a year in the USA
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.
You can opt to take this course with a year of study in the USA; an exchange programme with the University of Toledo in Ohio, which has been running for over 30 years. The University of Toledo was named as a top global player when it comes to taking biotechnology research from the laboratory to the world, and has been recognised by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the 22 most beautiful landscaped campuses in the United States.
This course will provide you with 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.
Choose one module from the following:
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 a science subject (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. More than 70% of 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.
Many who spend the second year in the US return stateside to do higher degrees at Toledo or other institutions. 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.
Toledo exchange student
I participated in the Toledo/Salford exchange programme mainly to experience living and studying in the USA, but also enhance my prospects by adding something different to my degree. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and met some fantastic people along the way. The way of studying and indeed the way of life over there is more different than I could have possibly imagined and I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience it. Still, to date, the exchange year has been the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering it.
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 (such as Unilever Research or Roche Products) 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.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
The major additional costs (as of 10th Feb 2016) for the year in Toledo are as follows:
(i) Flight – in recent years has been between £900 and £1000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return)
(ii) Visa – currently $340 (approx. £240); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred
(iii) Health insurance – will vary from one individual to another but probably averages about £500 if purchased in advance.
Housing expenses whilst students are in the USA is approximately the same as the new apartments on campus at Salford.
Most students are able to claim back a reasonable proportion of i-iii above from Student Finance England as a grant: “You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £9.27 of household income over £39,796.” See
Almost all the general fees that Toledo students have to pay are waived. However, there is a small admin fee (approx. £50) that our students have to pay to Toledo upon arrival.
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.
Wolfe Hall, at Toledo, provides dedicated equipment and computer software necessary to perform advanced genomic screens, microscopic imaging studies and quantitative gene expression analyses, to name a few. Also located within this facility is a phosphor imager that allows quantitative detection of radioactively labelled samples, and a fast-performance liquid chromatography (FPLC) for specific protein purification approaches.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement year
Up to six years part-time