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Biochemical research underpins a great deal of the core knowledge in life sciences. In particular, the discipline has helped illuminate many of the problems that have fascinated and perplexed molecular bioscientists. The Biochemistry MSci - premised on research - provides an invaluable foundation for postgraduate study or a dynamic career within this area.

  • You will learn in a research-intensive environment and receive research-based teaching, preparing you for postgraduate research or a career at the cutting-edge of advances in molecular biosciences and health and disease research.

  • UCL is one of the world's largest academic centres for research in biochemistry, with a centre of excellence at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology promoting multi-disciplinary research at the interface of structural, cell and chemical biology.

  • Our strong links with members of the bioscience community in London (such as the Francis Crick Institute, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, the UCL Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK) enhance the range of research opportunities available to our students.

  • Our excellent resources include the Darwin Research Facility, which provides state of the art centrifugation, cell culture, imaging and biomolecular structural analysis facilities and a drug discovery facility.

Biochemical research underpins a great deal of the core knowledge in life sciences. In particular, the discipline has helped illuminate many of the problems that have fascinated and perplexed molecular bioscientists. The Biochemistry MSci - premised on research - provides an invaluable foundation for postgraduate study or a dynamic career within this area. You will...

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Course Content

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Year 1

Core or compulsory module(s)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cells and Development
Chemistry for Biologists
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Microbiology
Experimental Biochemistry

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Year 2

Core or compulsory module(s)

Biomolecular Structure and Function
Metabolism and its Regulation
Molecular Biology
Physical Chemistry for Life Science Students

Either The Principles of Cellular Control or The Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules

*modules listed for 2018/19 but organisation of delivery may change in subsequent years

Optional modules

You will select 15 credits from a wide range of modules.

Year 3

Core or compulsory module(s)

Literature project which involves writing a review based on a specific subject area.

A specialist reserach project module provides hands on experience in metagenomics or protein biochemistry.

Choice of two advanced modules from: Mechanisms of Molecular Machines, Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease or Advanced Molecular Biology of Protein Regulatory Networks.

Choice of one module from: Cancer Biology or Genes to Disease

Optional modules

Any from a range to make up to 120 credits.

Year 4

Core or compulsory module(s)

Extended research project
Dissertation
Research Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Optional modules

All final-year modules are compulsory.

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year. Year 1 Core or compulsory module(s) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cells and Development Chemistry for Biologists Introduction to Genetics Introduction to Microbiology Experimental Biochemistry Optional...

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades

AAA

Subjects

Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics required.

GCSEs

English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades

ABB (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics required with grade A in Chemistry.

IB Diploma

Points

38

Subjects

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects to include Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematic, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points

34 (more about contextual offers)

Subjects

A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics with a score of 6 in Chemistry and no score below 5.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

A Levels Grades AAA Subjects Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics required. GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is...

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Assessment Methods

Your assessment will include a combination of examinations, coursework, practical work, tutorial work and presentations. You will also produce laboratory and research reports, posters and dissertations. Many modules have in-course tests (web-based or written) and most (but not all) modules have an unseen final examination.

Your assessment will include a combination of examinations, coursework, practical work, tutorial work and presentations. You will also produce laboratory and research reports, posters and dissertations. Many modules have in-course tests (web-based or written) and most (but not all) modules have an unseen final examination.