This programme offers you an academically-challenging and career-developing study of biological systems at the molecular and cellular level.
Biochemistry is fundamental to most areas of life-science; it has a major impact on modern medical research and is essential in the pharmaceutical, nutrition, forensic, bioengineering, agricultural and environmental industries.
The programme is designed to produce highly skilled and motivated biochemists that are suitable for employment in the life-sciences or for further academic research.
You will be taught to apply chemical and physical principles to biological molecules in complex living systems in order to expand your understanding of the molecular basis of the processes which take place within these organisms.
Through a combination of taught courses, and research, you will explore the structures, dynamics, interactions and metabolic pathways of biological molecules, from small molecules to large macromolecular complexes.
Teaching and learning activities include*:
literature and database searching
discussion groups and project groups
You must take these courses:
Practical Skills in Biochemistry B (Semester 2)
Biochemistry A (Semester 1)
Biochemistry B (Semester 2)
MSc Project and Dissertation (Biochemistry) (Semester 2 and beyond)
Research Project Proposal (Biochemistry) (Semester 2)
Biophysical Chemistry for MSc Biochemistry (Semester 1)
Semester 1Select exactly 40 credits of the following courses:
Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
Preparative Methods for Structural Biology
Applicable Mathematics for MSc Drug Discovery and Translational Biology
Quantitating drug binding
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
Tools for Synthetic Biology
Semester 2Select exactly 30 credits of the following courses:
Detailed Characterisation of Drug or Ligand Interactions Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)
Protein Structure Determination
Functional Genomic Technologies
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Drug Discovery (MSc Level)
Applications of Synthetic Biology
Vaccines and Molecular Therapies
Programming for the Life Sciences
Those students progressing to MSc level will carry out their own research project at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This also involves reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, and writing a dissertation.
The programme aims to develop:
knowledge and understanding of biochemistry and awareness of the current state of research
enhanced practical skills in biochemical methods
ability to design, perform and record experiments independently
analytical skills to interpret data accurately and critically
ability to communicate biochemical information effectively in a wide range of contexts
You will enhance your career prospects by acquiring knowledge of contemporary biochemistry from world experts in the field, by being trained in advanced analytical and presentation skills, and by having independent research experience in a modern, world-class laboratory.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biochemistry, biological sciences (with some relevant chemistry components) or chemistry (with some relevant biology components).
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: a total of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.