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Biochemistry (including Year in Professional Training) BSc (Hons)

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site - Cardiff

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Course overview

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life. It is a subject that has a rich history of scientific discoveries, from enzymology and metabolic pathways to the discovery of genes and the structure of DNA. Today the subject embraces important new areas, such as genomics and genome editing, synthetic biology and protein engineering.

Through this course, you will learn how biochemistry and biomolecular sciences contribute to advances in all biological disciplines, including medicine and biotechnology. You will receive extensive hands-on training in laboratory techniques, and gain practical experience of widely transferable skills in computing, statistics, data analysis and presentation.

As part of this course you will spend your third year on placement at an academic, clinical or industrial research laboratory, or other approved establishment. This offers a great opportunity to gain first-hand professional research experience, and it has been shown to greatly enhance your subsequent employment prospects.

Many placements are in the UK, but in recent years we have had an increasing number of students taking up placements in international locations, including Southeast Asia, South Africa, Germany, Italy, Australia, Madagascar, and the USA.

Your degree title remains flexible up until your final year, allowing you to either continue with BSc Biochemistry or switch to another of our bioscience courses. Your final degree title will depend on module selection, and your Personal Tutor will guide you through the options available to you. You may also have the option of switching to our MBiochem integrated master’s degree, which forms an excellent basis for a future career in scientific research.

Our Biochemistry degree provides an excellent foundation for careers within all areas of biological and molecular sciences, and offers strong training for research scientists. Our graduates have gone on to a range of exciting and fulfilling careers in both scientific and non-scientific related fields, including biotechnology research and development, scientific publishing, pharmaceutical industries, molecular biology, journalism, teaching and veterinary science. Many also choose to further their studies by pursuing a master’s degree or PhD.

Distinctive features

  • Enjoy a flexible course structure that enables you to tailor your degree to match your interests and aspirations.
  • Enhance your career prospects and gain professional research experience with a sandwich year placement.
  • Experience the excitement of learning in active research environment, with teaching staff who are leading researchers in their field.
  • Make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work.
  • Develop your field research skills with one of our popular project-based field courses. Opt for one of our UK-based courses or choose to travel further afield to locations such as Tobago or Borneo.

Career prospects

Our Biochemistry qualification provides an excellent foundation for careers within all areas of biological and molecular sciences. It offers strong training for research scientists and a significant proportion of our BSc Biochemistry graduates go on to study PhD or master’s degrees. Many others have successful careers in science-related fields such as biotechnology research and development, medical or scientific publishing, pharmaceutical industries, and molecular biology, amongst many others.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    30th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff has over 8,500 international students from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global university with formal links and partnerships with more than 200 institutions worldwide.
The university's culture encourages international exchanges and collaborations.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 103 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    150 66%

    29th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    71 71%

    69th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%

    96th

    17

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