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What makes an Integrated Masters in Biochemistry at Worcester special?

The mechanics of life: discover the molecular machinery that lies at the heart of the cell and drives all living organisms. At Worcester, we look at the fascinating world of biochemistry from a variety of angles including human health, plant biology and microbiology.

In the fourth (masters) year you will undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise in Biochemistry within the department.

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Key features

  • Study for a four year Integrated Masters degree in Biology in a friendly, supportive and inspirational environment.
  • Opportunities to explore some of the most fascinating fields in science, including neurobiochemistry, cancer immunology and plant developmental genetics.
  • Excellent partnerships with many UK and international research institutions, including The Karolinska Institutet – home of the Nobel Prize.
  • Gain extensive practical experience by working with our experts in new and refurbished laboratories using a range of specialist equipment.
  • Obtain a valuable postgraduate qualification and enhance your chances when applying for scientific jobs or a PhD degree.
  • The option to exit after three years and be awarded a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Chemistry, Biology and another science, maths or statistics.
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Chemistry and Biology
  • Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM.
Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry and Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Optional

  • Introduction to Human Biology and Disease
  • Introduction to Nutrition in Humans
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology

Year 2

Mandatory           

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Protein Structure & Function
  • Immunology
  • Project and Career development

Optional

  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Comparative Digestive Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Work Experience

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Independent Study

Optional

  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Plant Development and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Extension Module
  • Research Methods and Research Project
  • Work Experience

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Research Methods
  • Applied and Commercial Research
  • Integrated Masters Thesis/Project in Biology

In your first year you will study a wide range of subjects which will enable you to develop a comprehensive appreciation of biochemistry. In Years 2 and 3 the subjects you take become more specialised and the modular scheme enables you to tailor your course to the areas of biochemistry that you find most interesting. The modules reflect the diversity of the subject and explore such areas as molecular genetics, protein structure and function, immunology, microbiology and the molecular biology of cancer. The range of subjects will allow you to choose a wide variety of career pathways after your degree.

In your third year you will also have the opportunity of undertaking your own research project on a topic that interests you as part of your Independent Study or Biosciences Research Project. Past topics relating to Biochemistry have included association of matrix metalloproteinase genes with asthma, studying cellular interactions of oncoproteins, improving the efficacy of standard chemotherapies to treat cancer and mutagenesis of protein disulphide isomerase.

Year 4 modules are common to a range of Biological Science Integrated masters courses but each subject specialisation will be achieved by students varying their selection of topics from within menus of material within each module. For example, a Biochemistry student will undertake an appropriate research project which will differ from the choices available to a Plant Scientist. Although there will be generic material, the individual skills delivered within the Applied and Commercial Research and Research Methods modules will also be tailored to deliver the individual needs of each Integrated Masters course.

Applied and Commercial Research is a unique aspect of our Integrated Masters programme compared with other institutions. It will offer students valuable insights into applied and commercial rather than just pure research. Most of this module will take advantage of current commercial and applied research expertise in our Charles Darwin Laboratories including the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

View the Biology Programmes Overview.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Become an independent, life-long learner.
  • Understand and apply knowledge and concepts in Biochemistry to enable continuing understanding of new techniques and discoveries in the subject area
  • Develop, design and carry out an independent piece of research and a research thesis/project that may be linked to a research group or commercial organisation.
  • Communicate your knowledge of Biochemistry in a variety of ways including; written report, oral and poster presentation.
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace or further education through career mapping, CV building and interview technique.           
  • Undertake a very research oriented programme which will take full advantage of the academic and commercial research expertise within the department.

Teaching Approach:

  • A variety of teaching techniques is used, including lectures, practicals, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials, videos, on-line and interactive resources and directed study.
  • An emphasis on activities which allow you to develop practical and transferable skills to increase your employability.
  • Some double modules to allow suitable development of the subject and for the delivery of important subject-specific and transferable skills.
  • An extended induction to allow the development of the necessary study skills as and when you need to use them.
  • Large and small group sessions. Class size reduces as you progress through your course in Biochemistry. This allows the teaching style to become more focussed in its approach.
  • Student-led seminars and self-assessed formative exercises in years 2 and 3.
  • Regular Personal Academic Tutorials on a one-to one basis to guide and support your studies.
  • Development of Laboratory and Field-Based pure and applied research skills.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Amy Cherry

    Dr Amy Cherry joined the University of Worcester following postdoctoral positions at the National Institute of Medical Research and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Her research focuses on understanding how proteins work at the molecular level and on how one can use knowledge of protein structure to tackle disease.

  • Dr Chris Brown

    Dr Chris Brown

    Chris studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Following completion of his Honours degree, he joined the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology where he worked on their sub-Antarctic programme for several years, which included over two years carrying out research on the energetics and ecology of penguins, albatrosses and petrels on Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Globally the employment of Biochemists is set to grow by 19% over the next 10 years. This employment growth is greater than the average for all careers. This means that graduates of Biochemistry have excellent opportunities for employment, with many working as scientific researchers within academic, government, industrial or medical institutions both nationally and internationally. A Degree in Biochemistry at the University of Worcester also provides the foundation for entry to graduate training programmes such as clinical (healthcare) scientist within the NHS, which come with an average starting salary of £25K + per year. The Biochemistry degree is very rich in transferable skills and many graduates may also work in teaching, scientific publishing or in business.

At the University of Worcester, our students come first and we provide workshops to help our graduates enter postgraduate studies at Worcester or other universities.

It is becoming increasing difficult for graduates to obtain PhD positions with only a BSc (Hons) degree. Graduates with an Integrated Masters degree would have significant additional research expertise that would enable them to progress straight to an MPhil/PhD position. There is an increasing need for graduates in the UK economy as skilled researchers for UK PLC. Such graduates have much to offer within the general area of applied biological research but also, critically, to drive forward the innovation that is vital for the UK economy.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

You will also need a lab coat, which can be bought for around £13.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Biochemistry MBiol (Integrated Masters) - C7C2

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C7C2

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk