Biochemistry with a Modern Language: The University of Manchester

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Biochemistry with a Modern Language: 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
4 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.

The third year of this four year programme is the language placement year, during which students complete a project in a research institution in a country that speaks their chosen language. It is possible to study this programme with French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German or Japanese.

Special features

  • You can transfer between most life sciences degree programmes at the end of the first year, and sometimes after.
  • You can opt on, or off, the Sandwich Year placement.
  • Foundation Year available.

Career opportunities

Biochemistry 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. Graduates from 'with a modern language' programmes are extremely desirable to employers who require significant relevant work experience. In the growing field of international bioscience research collaborations, graduates with a good command of a foreign language are at a distinct advantage.

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.
  • For degrees with French, German or Spanish the language must be studied at A-level. General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.
  • An A* in a language at GCSE and Chemistry grade B at AS-level is essential.
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics.  An A* in a language at GCSE is required.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. For degrees with French, German and Spanish 5 or 6 points in the language must be achieved at Higher level. For other languages 5 points is required in a language at standard level.

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