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
  • provide specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques

In the final year, you will complete an advanced 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)

Year 2 (Level 5)

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  BSc and MSci 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

Level 4

Advanced Biomolecular Research Project 
Communicating Ideas and Public Understanding of Science
Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is AAB at A-Level [or equivalent for other qualifications: 340 UCAS tariff points].

You must have good grades in Chemistry and Biology.

IB: 34 (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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSci (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,500

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.

MSci and BSc - what is the difference?

The new four-year MSci is an advanced undergraduate degree, adding a further research-focused year to our current three-year BSc degrees. Most of the first three years will be in common for these schemes, but the MSci offers specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques during the third year as preparation for an intensive year-long advanced research project during the fourth year.

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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