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BSc (Hons)Biochemistry

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Biochemistry is the study of molecular structures and interactions in living organisms. Biochemists seek to understand living organisms in terms of chemical reactions.

If you have a natural curiosity for science and a proven understanding of biology and chemistry, coupled with a desire to learn how science can be exploited for the benefit of mankind, then you have a fascinating career ahead of you. Biochemists are in great demand by employers. This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills that employers want in medical and agricultural research, the pharmaceutical and other biotechnology industries, as well as in education.

What is the biochemical basis of disease? How does DNA control our development, our metabolism and our personal characteristics? How do enzymes work and how do hormones control biological function? These are just some of the fascinating questions addressed in this programme.

In Year Three you will have the opportunity to complete a project in one of our excellent research laboratories, in Life Sciences, in our Medical, Veterinary and Dental Schools or even in a local hospital. You will become proficient in IT and will use the latest software to retrieve and analyse data. Communication skills, scientific writing and oral presentation, together with a range of other employability skills are also taught, enabling you to present your findings effectively to a range of audiences.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules:

Molecules and Cells
Evolution and Biodiversity
Grand Challenges in Biology
Experimental Skills in Current Biology
Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences
Biological Chemistry
Biochemical Methods

Plus one of the following optional modules:

Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
Animal Biodiversity
Developmental Biology
Introduction to Animal Husbandry
Ecology and Global Environment

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

From Genes to Proteins
Structure/Dynamics of Macromolecules
Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
Molecular Science
Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
Techniques in Cell Biology
Advanced Biochemical Techniques

Plus two of the following optional modules:

The Multicellular Organism
Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
Principles of Pharmacology
The Immune System in Health and Disease
Genome Organisation and Maintenance

Programme Year Three

Students spend about three days per week throughout the whole of the 3rd year on their research projects, usually in one of the laboratories of the molecular medicine, cell signalling, chemical biology or structural biology research groups. Students may also take projects within the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, or even in local hospitals.

Core modules:

Advanced Skills in Biochemistry
Molecular Biology of Cancer
Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction
Molecular Medicine
Protein Structure and Organisation
Gene Expression and Development
Research Project

Career opportunities

As a Life Sciences graduate from the University of Liverpool, you will have a good set of career options ahead of you. For those committed to a career as a research scientist, further study for a higher degree (MBiolSci, MSc, MRes, MPhil or PhD) at the University of Liverpool or elsewhere is the normal route.

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

A postgraduate qualification (PGCE) for entry into the teaching profession is also an option, with significant financial inducements provided to meet the current demand for science teachers. In addition to all of the opportunities for graduates in general, including careers outside of biology(such as management, accountancy and human resources), where the skills you have obtained in our degree programmes will be of considerable benefit, our degree programmes are also popular routes to postgraduate Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States