Biochemistry: University of Westminster

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BSc (Hons)
Biochemistry: University of Westminster, School of Biosciences, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW, London, United Kingdom
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3 years full-time
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Biochemistry is one of the pivotal degree disciplines in modern times, and a fundamental component of all biological science degree disciplines at the University. Biochemistry is the study of living systems at the molecular level, and biochemists study the ways in which cells and organisms are formed and interact. This involves examining the structure and function of macromolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates, as well as carrying out experiments that seek to ascertain the properties of biological systems varying in complexity from cell extracts to whole organisms.

This course hinges upon their buoyant biochemical research in subjects as diverse as plant cell wall architecture, membrane transport, use of enzymes in glycobiology, fungal molecular genetics and fungal metabolite biosynthesis.

Course Content

You will be provided with sound foundations in chemistry, structural biochemistry and relevant analytical biochemical techniques. There is a broad range of biochemistry-related modules which are taught at Year 3 (Credit Level 6) that reflect the research interests of our department. A core component is the research project, for which you are expected to undertake original research under staff guidance.

Teaching and Assessment

The course combines lecture, tutorial and practical laboratory elements, and you will be able to use a variety of learning resources, including podcasts and Blackboard, our online learning environment. Formal exams are supported by course work assessment.

Associated Careers

You will be equipped with a wide range of subject-specific skills and knowledge that will enhance your employment prospects. You will be able to apply for a range of biochemical and related jobs, while further opportunities are also available in areas such as biotechnology, genetics, immunology and molecular biology. Companies that employ biochemistry graduates include those in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and water industries. The skills you acquire and develop will also be useful in areas such as teaching, management, and more than 25 per cent of our graduates go on to undertake research or further study leading to an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

Entry Requirements

  • Qualification type Grade/points
  • A Levels CCD to include CC in Science subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 26 points to include a minimum of 5 in two Higher Level Science subjects
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate MMP/DM in Science

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