Biochemistry: The University of Manchester

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Biochemistry: The University of Manchester, The Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, G.36 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT, Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 years
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Course description

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties and actions of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. Biochemical understanding is fundamental to all biological disciplines and continues to contribute to the solving of medical problems and the discovery of safe and effective drugs.

These programmes consider the chemistry of the substances and processes occurring in living cells and tissues. Biochemistry forms the basis of virtually all Biological Science and many exciting discoveries made in this subject have contributed to their understanding of life, the solving of medical problems, and to the discovery and production of safe and effective drugs.

The current final year incorporates units including Cell Signalling, Bioinformatics and Protein Structure, Intracellular Protein Sorting and Organelle Biogenesis.

Career opportunities

Bioscience graduates from the University of Manchester go into a variety of careers. About half stay in the life sciences and related disciplines, choosing either to study further research or taught courses such as a Masters or PhD, which could lead onto a career in bioscience, or medicine/dentistry degrees. A significant number go on to complete a science teaching qualification, such as a secondary science PGCE. Those that choose a career outside of the life sciences are highly sought after by large multinationals. Graduate programmes in accountancy, finance, law, marketing and publishing are particularly popular choices for graduates from the Faculty who do not wish to stay in science.

Entry requirements

  • English language: Either GCSE grade C, IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in any component) or an equivalent qualification.
  • A level: Grades AAB-BBB. This should include:
    • Chemistry and
    • 1 of Biology, Physics, Maths, Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE.
  • General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.
  • AS level: 2 AS levels are acceptable in place of the third non-science A-level.
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Chemistry and one other science at Higher level.

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