Biochemistry with Studies in the USA
BSc (Hons)

Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Biochemistry with Studies in the USA 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, including a year in the USA


Newly refurbished and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories for practical work

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.

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.

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

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

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

In year 2 at the University of Toledo, you can choose from a range of modules similar to those offered in year 2 of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your 1st year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo.

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 to 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least 1 Science subject
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 104-120 points including Biology and Chemistry
GCE A level 104-120 points including Biology and Chemistry
BTEC National Diploma DMM; must include Biology and Chemistry
Scottish Highers 104-120 points from Higher Level to include appropriate science subjects (Biology and Chemistry)
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-120 points from Higher Level including a science (Biology and Chemistry)
International Baccalaureate 28 points; Must include Biology and Chemistry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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

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.

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.


You will be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • practical classes
  • small group tutorials
  • research projects
  • guided reading and
  • industrial site visits.


Your assessment is based on a combination of exams and coursework throughout, about 60% exams and 40% coursework. Continuous assessment includes laboratory reports, essays, data analysis, presentations and the research project.


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. 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.

Alumni Profile

Nicole Dodd

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.

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 (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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
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£11,500

Additional costs

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.



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.