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BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Biological and Medical Sciences

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

If you want to enjoy a practical study of one of the fastest-growing and most fascinating areas of human knowledge, then our Biochemistry course is for you.

You’ll be taught by - and also get the chance to assist - brilliant scientists who are involved in groundbreaking research and new discoveries.

Increasingly, biochemists and biotechnologists are playing a crucial role in genetic engineering and molecular bioengineering, as well as other areas of physiology and medicine.

For instance, antibiotics remain one of the UK's main exports and their production by fermenting micro-organisms in the pharmaceutical industry has revolutionised healthcare.

We want to give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and application of biotechnology and biochemistry in areas of medicine and industry.

So you can be part of this invigorating exploration, studying subjects that are playing a key role in improving manufacturing processes, in fighting disease and improving our lives.

This course comes with the option of a year-long industry placement between years two and three. If you choose this option, you’ll spend your third year working in a hospital or research centre, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BSc degree, you have the option of taking an extended four-year version of this course. You’ll take a Bioscience foundation year which will prepare you for the BSc degree.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C700

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

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If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Student satisfaction

We're ranked highly by our own students, who have given us their seal of approval. (NSS, 2018)

£2.4m

Investment in facilities

You'll work in our recently refurbished bioscience teaching laboratory. The lab is proving a major resource and will have a great impact on your student experience.

Invaluable placements

We’ll give you the opportunity of invaluable placements in hospitals, research laboratories and the commercial world which will enhance your chances of employment.

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Nadin Uddin

Biotechnology, BSc (Hons)

UEL offered me the course that I really wanted to study. The lecturers here are really helpful and you can approach them easily when you have any problems that you need help sorting out. What I really liked was that there is a variety of projects available in the final year that were related my course.  In addition, the University offers ways in which to take up internal volunteering vacancies and internships specific to your school of interest, which is a massive plus point in being a UEL student.


Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade 4 / C (See below for accepted equivalences)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Your first year will be a general introductory to the subject, focusing on the four core areas of chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry and human anatomy.

All biosciences students share a common first year, giving you maximum flexibility. You’ll have the option of switching to a similar degree course at the end of the first year if you wish.

In year two, you’ll study core modules such as Disease Biology and Molecular Genetics, at the end of which there could be the option of a year-long work placement in a laboratory away from the University. Taking this option could improve your chances of finding the right job after you graduate.

A large part of your final year will be taken up on an independent research project as well as looking at advances in biotechnology and biochemistry and the analysis of DNA.

You’ll find working on your own project rewarding and enjoyable while it will also develop both your laboratory skills and your ability to collect and collate new data.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Academic & Communication Skills (core)
Essential Maths & ICT (core)
Human Biology (core)    
Chemistry of Life (core)

Biochemistry (core)
Cell Biology (core)
Essential Chemistry (core)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (core)


Biology of Disease (core)
Cellular Biochemistry (core)
Immunology (core)
Molecular Genetics (core)
Physiological Regulation (core)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Advances in Biotechnology and Biochemistry (core)
DNA Analysis and Bioinformatics (core)
Research Project (core)
Natural Products and drug design (optional)
Clinical Biochemistry (optional) 
Pharmaceutical Analysis and Instrumentation (optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


In your third year, you’ll either take five core modules or undertake a work placement. We’ll assess you accordingly. 

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

Youll be taught by renowned lecturers who are involved with research that is making a difference.

For instance, Dr John George is a biochemist whose work has just led to exciting new discoveries in the field of antibiotics, while Course Leader Dr David Bringloes research speciality is the production of therapeutic proteins in plant cell cultures.

Microbiologist Dr Sally Cutler, a leading expert in diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals, has been looking at tics in the hair of children in east London while Professor Olivia Corcoran has been researching the quality and safety of e-cigarettes.

Youll get the chance to help with our academics research as well as pursuing areas of your own interest, especially with your own final-year research project.

Fine teaching helps deliver good students. One of Dr Bringloes class, Solomon Midekssa, won one of the Society of Biologys coveted Top Student awards in 2014.

Within the Biosciences field we have ten teaching laboratories, six dedicated research labs and a large variety of specialist equipment at our base in Stratford. Youll spend many hours there, doing practical work and learning about the latest techniques.

If you opt for the year-long work placement, UEL has an excellent track record in placing our students at leading hospitals and research centres.

Your future career

You’ll be gaining a broad and varied grounding in biotechnology and biochemistry during your time with us, which means you’ll find a range of career possibilities opening up to you after graduating.

You could go into laboratory-based work in a hospital or research institute, or work at an industrial or pharmaceutical lab.

You might find you’re well suited for a role as a research and development consultant, or use your knowledge to teach the next generation. If you follow this route, the University of East London is renowned for the quality of its postgraduate teacher-training courses.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue studying biotechnology or biochemistry at postgraduate level or study a related discipline such as nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, medicine or pharmacy.

Some of Course Leader Dr David Bringloe’s students have achieved great success. For example, Marta Futema went straight into cancer research at University College London (UCL) because her work at UEL was so outstanding.

Others went on to Oxford University and Royal Holloway while two of our most recent graduates have landed scholarships for Biotechnology master’s degrees at UCL.

No doors are closed with this degree. One of our graduates decided he wanted to forge a career in the corporate world of pharmaceuticals. He was head-hunted for a job with leading biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, before retraining as a doctor at a medical school.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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