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Course Overview

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that occur within living organisms. It is also referred to as chemical biology, molecular cell biology, and the biology of the living cell. Biochemists develop new ideas and products that are applied to the biggest challenges we face today. Biochemists help us to understand the process of life itself.

Key Features

This degree will:

  • train you to work in areas such as drug development, and the development of new crops and agrochemicals
  • prepare you for further study that enables you to take up research positions in industry
  • equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical and food industries
  • provide you with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills

In the final year, you will complete a research project under the guidance of a professional research scientist. By working as an independent researcher, you will develop effective project management skills and will be trained to design experiments and plan work programmes.

For more information, view the BSc Biochemistry Programmes e-brochure

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-127Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
PM-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemistry of Life
PM-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Eukaryotic Cell Biology
PM-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
PMC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
PMC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introductory Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences
PMC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Analytical Chemistry For Life Sciences
PMC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Organic Chemistry Of Functional Groups
Optional Modules
Rule 1 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select ONE of the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-130Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Biochemistry Skills DevelopmentThis is the English Language version of PM-130 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PM-130CSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Datblygu Sgiliau Biocemeg.Mae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-130, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
Rule 2 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following optional modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular GeneticsThis is the English Language version of PM-133 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PM-133CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geneteg Esblygiadol a MolecwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-133, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biostatistics and Experimental Design
PM-240Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
PM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes & Signal Transduction
PM-246Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Biochemistry Skills Development II
PM-248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Amino acids, lipids and steroids
Optional Modules
L2 Biochemistry Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose 40 credits from the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
PM-243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Clinical Biochemistry & Physiology
PM-249Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Immunology
PM-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Infectious Disease and ParasitologyThis module has PM-249 as a pre-requisite so you can only select PM-250 if you are also taking PM-249.
PM-251Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Microbial Molecular Genetics
AND
Rule 2 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose ONE of the following options

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Techniques in Molecular Biology This is the English Language version of PM-253 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PM-253CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Technegau Bioleg FoleciwlaiddMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PM-253, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Description

During each year of your degree, you will be required to study 120 credits, made up of compulsory and optional modules.  The Medical School offers undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, Genetics, Medical Genetics and a combined honours in Biochemistry & Genetics.  To compare what you could study in these five pathways, click on  MODULES AVAILABLE 2016-17 to find a spreadsheet showing the modules available.

(If you download this Excel spreadsheet and save it on your PC, then click on the title of each module in the second column whilst connected to the internet, you should see further details from the module catalogue. These links from the spreadsheet may not work with some browser settings, nor iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.)

 

Below is a sample of some of the modules that you could study at each level:

Year 1

Biochemistry Skills Development
Macromolecules: Form and Function
Energy and Metabolism: The Reactions of Life
Metabolic Regulation and Molecular Physiology
Chemistry of Life
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups
Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
Genetics and Evolutionary Processes
Cellular and Microbial Biology

Year 2

Biochemistry Skills Development II
Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomic Analysis
Carbohydrate Metabolism and Glycobiology
Amino Acids, Lipid and Steroids
Biomolecular Techniques
Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes and Signal Transduction
Clinical Biochemistry and Physiology
Microbial Genetics
Gene Expression
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease and Diagnostics
Cell and Immunobiology

Year 3

Biomolecular Research Project
Biochemistry of Natural Products
Nucleic Acids: Components, Metabolism and Modification
Membrane Trafficking
Membranes and Energy Transduction
Biotechnology and Protein Engineering
Aspects of Human Sensory and Metabolic Biochemistry
Biochemistry Literature Review and Communication
Gene Manipulation

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is BBB - ABB at A-Level [or equivalent for other qualifications: 300 – 320 UCAS tariff points].

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications would require a minimum grade B at A-Level in both Biology and Chemistry plus a Distinction (D) in a relevant BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (6 units).

IB: 32 - 33 (including good HL grades in Chemistry and Biology).

We make individual offers for your circumstances after reading your UCAS personal statements and references.

Find out the entry requirements for an International Student.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Welsh Language Provision

The College of Medicine is working toward enhancing and developing their Welsh language provision.

Students Studying Medical Genetics will be given the opportunity to have a Welsh speaking personal tutor, as well as being able to register for the Welsh version of Biochemistry Skills Development (PM-130) in the first year of their studies.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heledd Iago - h.f.iago@swansea.ac.uk - 01792 602402

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