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  • Qualification

    Master of Science - MSci

  • Location

    Stag Hill

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

**Why choose this course**- Study a research-led curriculum that explores the fundamental processes of life at a cellular level, from simple existence to the coordination of billions of living cells, finding the answers to everyday questions like ‘Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab?’ - Be taught by research-active biochemists who have expertise in genetic engineering, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, toxicology and more. - Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements and work for pharmaceutical organisations, food suppliers, hospitals and biotechnology companies. - Complete an integrated masters and a laboratory-based dissertation, exploring topics like antibody class switching in B cells and neurodegenerative diseases, in preparation for a technical research career in industry or academia. - Get the academic and laboratory experience needed to be eligible to apply for associate membership with the Royal Society of Biology, once you’ve successfully completed the course. **What you will study**Biochemistry is at the heart of life and the explanation of all life processes. Both health and disease, and ageing and development are complex biochemical processes. By understanding more about these, we can generate more effective ways to help humanity. During the course, you’ll find answers to some everyday questions like: - How can we protect ourselves from ultraviolet light? - Is there a scientific basis to aphrodisiacs? - Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab? - Why do we love chocolate? As a biochemist, you’ll play a crucial role in the development of new treatments for a range of diseases, including cancer, studying the chemical and physical principles of living things and biological processes. During your first two years, you’ll develop a broad understanding of biochemistry, with opportunities to familiarise yourself with contemporary biochemical methodology and sample some of its most intriguing applications. You’ll choose a range of optional modules in bacteriology, biodiversity, neuroscience and virology. In your third year, you’ll build on your biochemistry knowledge and select five optional modules, exploring topics such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, systems biology and toxicology. You’ll also complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical, and presentation skills you’ve developed.

Application deadline

25 January

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A level : ABB

Overall:ABBWe do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.Required subjects:Chemistry or Biology and a second science or Mathematics.Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.


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University of Surrey

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    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

37% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK – the University of Surrey is truly a global community.
The university has 140 nationalities in its international community.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the world and works with a large network of education agents in other countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 100 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    135 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81.0 81%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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