Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Part-time

Course

Three year

Four year

Six year

Next enrolment

September 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as many chemical and health related industries.

Professional standard facilities

We pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that you are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas that you can explore 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.

Cutting edge science

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. 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.

Professionally-accredited programme

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree then your degree will have 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology. In the NSS 2021 survey, 93% of BSc (Hons) Biochemistry students found their course intellectually stimulating [University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2021 data]. 

You can learn more about studying biochemistry, explore course modules and speak to the course team, by joining our next Open Day on campus. 

You will:
  • Explore areas of research such as nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial, lung diseases, biotechnology, toxicology and much more
  • Have the opportunity to do a placement year after your second year
  • Gain the skills needed to take advantage of career opportunities in an expanding field
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Society of Biology accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a strong interest in both the chemical and biological sciences

2.

You want to operate in a cutting-edge research field

3.

You would like experience in industry through a placement year

Course details

All about the course

Chemistry students doing experiments

BSc Biochemistry is delivered full-time over three years via a programme of practice-focused modules. You'll explore important scientific subjects including biological chemistry, organic chemistry, and genetics.  

  • During year one, you will be introduced to the core concepts of biochemistry through a range of theoretical and practical modules
  • As you progress into year two, you will develop your laboratory skills as you build knowledge in areas such as molecular genetics and human systems physiology
  • In your final year, you can choose from a selection of specialised biochemistry modules and complete your studies with a supervised research project in a subject of your choice

If you are studying part-time, you will select two to four modules for each year of study, completing the remaining modules in the following year. This phased approach can be taken up to a maximum six-year limit. Industry placements are not available with the part-time study pathway.

Industry Placements

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. If you successfully complete a placement year as part of your studies, your degree will attain  'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.  

Recent biochemistry students have undertaken placements at the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, AstraZeneca in Cheshire, the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute and the Hochschule in Bremen, North Germany.

    Year one

    Biological Chemistry

    This module will help you understand key concepts in biological chemistry, including spectroscopy and spectrometry techniques for identifying small organic molecules; chemical reactivity and molecular interactions; chromatography; and kinetics and thermodynamics.

    Genetics

    Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

    Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

    This is a practical laboratory based module aiming to develop practical skills in the areas of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and general chemistry. The students will be involved in hands-on laboratory work covering a range of essential techniques used in academia and industry. Students will be given feedback on their work during the classes. 

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry

    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.

    Introductory Biochemistry

    The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

    Cell Biology

    This module provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

    Year two

    Clinical and Molecular Genetics

    Clinical and Molecular Genetics will enable students to gain practical skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics, through linked laboratory and computer sessions. The lecture programme is delivered by three academics, each an expert in their specific area of clinical and molecular genetics. Topics covered include, current molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques, the control of bacterial and eukaryotic gene expression and the effect of mutations on gene expression and how this can lead to human genetic diseases.

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry

    This module comprises a series of laboratory practicals and lectures that focus on teaching core skills in protein biochemistry and key aspects of metabolism.

    Chemical and Biochemical Research Skills

    This module will help you develop your scientific writing and communication skills, and understand key statistical methods that may be applied to the chemical and biochemical sciences.

    Human Systems Physiology

    Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.  

    Genomics and Proteomics

    This module provides an appreciation of topics in biochemistry with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics, structural biology and their application in research and industry.

    Choose one from the following

    Medical Biochemistry

    You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical and biochemical testing and their relevance to clinical diagnostics. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biochemical changes in disease, and you will learn practical techniques used in clinical chemistry laboratory.

    New

    Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

    The module will provide you with an introduction to teaching and learning at key stage 4 (level 2 GCSE qualifications) through the application of core educational concepts. You will design and deliver an educational activity for a laboratory, workshop or through an online interactive system. The module will provide a taster for students considering teaching as a career.

    Year three

    Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease

    This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.

    New

    Current Topics in Biochemistry

    This module comprises a series of lectures based around the latest research developments in biochemistry. There is also a lab practical/mini-project on gene function analysis in Caenorhabditis elegans using the technique of RNA-interference (RNAi).   

    Final Year Project and Professional Skills

    This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including both data collection/generation (for example, via lab-based research or fieldwork) and analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

    Choose one option from the following

    Science and Industry

    This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and greenness, and recovery from a post-pandemic landscape featuring skills sets of biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical, pharmaceutical and personal health care, from the laboratory to gaining understanding of the workings of industry. The material issued as lecture notes and support guides will be all released pre-module and each lecture session will flip learning to workshop through the academic staff and invited industry speakers for real world experience.

    Cancer: Bench to Bedside

    Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.

    And choose one option from the following

    Biotechnology

    This module will help you develop an understanding of molecular techniques underpinning the science associated with the societal grand challenges of feeding the world and antibiotic resistance, and introduce the principles and techniques of genetic modification. On completion you will be able to apply a range of research and presentation techniques to a choice of research projects.

    Clinical Immunology

    Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.  

    Part-time structure

    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.

    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.

    What will I be doing?

    TEACHING

    A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including: 

    • Extended projects
    • Workshops
    • Seminars
    • Group activities
    • Laboratory activities

    ASSESSMENT

    Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination. Assessment methods include:

    • Research projects
    • Laboratory reports
    • Essays
    • Data analysis
    • Presentations
    • Literature reviews
    • Examinations 

    School of Science, Engineering and Environment

    Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

    Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.

    Facilities

     

    You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

    As a biochemistry student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

     

    Employment and stats

    What about after uni?

    EMPLOYMENT

    With training allowing you to develop your own personal skill set in laboratory science, theoretical science and softer skills ready for the working world, this programme will enhance your employability and personal development, allowing you to enter the working world with an enhanced and divergent skill set. Here in the North West there is a burgeoning life sciences and chemical sciences sector, and this course is aligned to the demand for skills that this industry is generating.

    Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as 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.

    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 employed across bioscience by companies such as AstraZeneca and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute, or many carry on to further study. Additionally, biochemists with knowledge of physiology 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.

    FURTHER STUDY

    You might find you want to learn more about biological and chemical sciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for postgraduate study also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

    MSc Drug Design and Discovery

    MSc Biotechnology

    MSc Biomedical Science

    A taste of what you could become

    An analytical chemist

    A biomedical scientist

    A biotechnologist

    A healthcare scientist

    A clinical research associate

    And more...

    Career Links

    We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year between years two and three of the full-time course, which you arrange with our support. Recent biochemistry placement students have completed placements at AstraZeneca in Cheshire, the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute and the Hochschule in Bremen, North Germany. The placement year also counts towards your final degree classification as part of your year two grades.

    If you successfully complete a placement year as part of your studies, your degree will attain 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.

    Requirements

    What you need to know

    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.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

    All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

    Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

    COURSE ACCREDITATION

    This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

    Standard entry requirements

    GCSE

    English and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above.

    You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

    UCAS tariff points

    112 points including Biology and Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.

     

    A level

    112 points including Biology and Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.

     

    BTEC National Diploma

    DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include biology and chemistry. 

    BTEC Higher National Diploma

    Possible entry to year 3

    Foundation Degree

    Possible entry to year 3

    Scottish Highers

    112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

     

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

     

    European Baccalaureate

    Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

     

    International Baccalaureate

    30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry. 

     

    Access to HE

    112 UCAS points from QAA-approved Science access course, must include Biology and Chemistry.

    Alternative entry requirements

    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.

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
    Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
    Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
    Full-time home 2022/23 £9,250per year
    Full-time international 2022/23 £15900per year
    Part-time 2022/23 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
    Additional costs

    All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money. 

    International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module. 

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

    International Student Scholarships

    If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. We offer a range of scholarships worth between £3,000-£5,000.

    Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2022

    UCAS information

    Course ID C700

    Institution S03