MSc Biochemistry: The University of Manchester

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MSc Biochemistry: The University of Manchester, The Graduate Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Simon Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL, Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 Months full-time
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Course description

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. 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.

This programme aims to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary Biochemistry at the cellular and molecular level, gained though a combination of taught elements and extensive laboratory experience.

This programme allows students to gain research experience and professional skills, sometimes in a different area to their first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research.

Career opportunities

Graduates acquire a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive laboratory research experience. Graduates typically enter professional careers in research, the health service or industrial environments. The University of Manchester has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities.

Entry requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview: A First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.
  • English language: For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

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