BSc Biochemistry (with a Year in Industry)


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Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science, where 100% of our research is recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Our Biochemistry course gives you the opportunity to study many different branches of both biology and chemistry. The year in industry will ensure you graduate with relevant work experience, putting you one step ahead of other graduates. This course also has Advanced Accreditation from the Society of Biology as it contains a significant research element, preparing you to become a pioneer in your field.

We are home to world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars and practical lab classes providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers, while learning through first-hand experience. During your year in industry, you will be supported by both an industrial supervisor and a mentor from the university.

Overview

Biochemistry is a broad and fascinating area of science, spanning many themes in biology, chemistry and even physics.

That’s why we’ve designed our Biochemistry degrees to give you plenty of choice in what you study – both the BSc and MSci include lots of optional modules, and their common first and second years allow you to switch between them once you’ve started studying.

This BSc gives you a flexible second year and the chance to spend your entire third year working in industry. So you’ll have plenty of scope to satisfy your interests in both biology and chemistry and learn directly from professional biochemists.

This course has also received Advanced Accreditation from the Society of Biology – an accolade only awarded to courses that contain a significant research element and ‘educate the future leaders of research and development’. Studying at UEA means you’ll not only be prepared for a future career, but will develop the skills to become a pioneer in your field.

Study life and the chemistry that underpins it

The degree is taught by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, which gives you a flexible, diverse programme as well as the benefit of both Schools’ world-renowned expertise.

You’ll be taught the fundamental chemical principles that underlie biochemistry alongside aspects of cellular and molecular biology. This provides your foundation to study more specialist topics that address contemporary developments in the field, from medicinal chemistry and genetics to protein engineering and microbial biotechnology.

Course Structure

The degree is a four-year programme that consists of an in-depth introduction to fundamental biochemical science in the first year, followed by a more flexible year 2 that allows you to tailor your course to chemistry, biology or a balance of both.

You’ll spend you third year in employment or on a placement with an external company, giving you the chance to learn on the job and gain valuable experience before you enter the world of work.

In the final year, you’ll enhance your knowledge of biochemistry as a modern research discipline and have the option to undertake an individual research project that will hone your expertise in an area that takes your interest.

First year

The first year is designed to give you a grounding in fundamental biochemistry, incorporating compulsory modules such as: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics; Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds; Bonding, Structure and Periodicity; Practical and Quantitative Skills in Chemistry; and Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences.

Second year

Your second year will build upon the skills gained in year one with further compulsory modules (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry), while allowing you to begin focusing your attention on biology, chemistry or both through options including: Cell Biology, Genetics, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

Third year

The third year is when you take your ‘Year in Industry’. We’ll help you to find a placement with a biochemical company and you’ll spend an entire year (often paid) developing your knowledge of the subject, but also acquiring new understanding about the industry and life as a graduate.

Fourth year

The final year will introduce you to contemporary topics in biochemistry, culminating in an individual research project that will bring together everything you’ve learnt. There are only a few compulsory modules at this stage – Molecular Enzymology in Biology and Medicine; Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering; Research Project or Biology Research Skills – and a very wide range of optional modules to help you really tailor your studies at the end of the degree.

These include Microbial Biotechnology; Genomes, Genes and Genomics; Infection and Immunity; Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Function; Organic compounds: Structure and Properties; and Microbiology.

Practical lab-based teaching

Throughout your time at UEA you’ll have regular access to our amazing facilities, including state of the art undergraduate practical laboratories. Your research project may also benefit from access to our research electron microscopes, mass spectrometers and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.

We aim to give our students as much time in the lab as possible, so we’re not just transferring knowledge but also developing skills. We believe hands-on experiments, backed by thought-provoking seminars and lectures, give you the best possible education.

The year in industry adds another layer of experience to the course, completing a well-rounded degree that includes varied teaching methods, a wide range of modules, the chance to customise your course and a head-start in the job market.

Join a world-renowned research environment

The facilities and faculty at UEA are among the best in country – both Schools are internationally renowned for their research excellence thanks to their contributions to the big problems facing scientists today.

We’re based at the heart of Norwich Research Park – the most cited scientific research centre outside of Oxbridge and London, which specialises in the life sciences. The School of Chemistry is ranked 4th in the UK for the quality of its research output, and 100% of our research in Biological Sciences is internationally recognised (REF 2014).

This prestigious environment produces some ground-breaking research that has a real impact and gives our students access to academics at the top of their field.

Year in Industry

Completion of a Year in Industry programme will ensure you graduate with relevant work experience, putting you one step ahead of other students. This exciting degree programme provides you with this opportunity.

There is no greater asset in today’s competitive job market than relevant work experience. A Year in Industry will give you first-hand knowledge of not only the mechanics of how your chosen field operates but it will also greatly improve your chances of progressing within that sector as you seal valuable contacts and insight. These courses will also enhance your studies as theory is transformed into reality in a context governed by very real, time and financial constraints.

Our Industrial Links

We have well-established commercial connections throughout the UK and beyond and can help you to identify and compete for appropriate industrial opportunities. These might be in large pharmaceutical companies, small biotechnology, hospital or research institute laboratories. Placements have included GlaxoSmithKline, Cellzome and the John Innes Centre.

Financial Benefits

A big attraction to this type of course, apart from the enhanced career prospects, is that students will pay much reduced tuition fees for that year (see fees and funding tab). And, of course, you are typically paid by the placement provider during the year, which is a great way to help fund your continued studies.

For the latest on financial arrangements for our Year in Industry students please visit the UEA Finance webpage.

How it Works

The Year in Industry degree programmes are four years duration with the work placement taking place during your third year. They are a minimum of nine months full-time employment and a maximum of 13 months.

Throughout the work placement, you will maintain close contact with an assigned mentor at UEA who will also visit you at least once during the year. You will also be supported by an industrial supervisor. You keep a regularly updated work diary, so that your mentor will be able to ensure you are fulfilling all of the necessary learning objectives. Assessment of the year will be via a written report marked by both supervisors and a presentation.

We expect students to seek their own work placements. Not only will this ensure that you work within your preferred field, it will also provide you with the essential job-hunting skills you will require after graduation. We will, of course, offer our guidance whilst students are identifying and negotiating placement opportunities.

Please note that we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers and students will be expected to source these placements themselves. Limited support will be available from the University The Faculty of Science will provide support for students trying to obtain a placement in preparation for the year in Industry placements and students are expected to make use of any help offered within the Faculty/School as well as the Careers Centre. If you were unable to secure a work placement by the end of your second year you will have the option to apply to be transferred onto the equivalent three-year degree programme without a Year in Industry. If you have not successfully secured a work placement by the end of your second year you will be transferred onto the equivalent three-year degree programme.

For further information, please contact: Dr Richard Bowater, e-mail: R.Bowater@uea.ac.uk or Professor Ian Clark, e-mail: I.Clark@uea.ac.uk, Year in Industry Co-ordinators, School of Biological Sciences.

View our Year in Industry brochure.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BONDING, STRUCTURE and PERIODICITY

After an introduction to chemical bonding (taught jointly with CHE-4101Y), atomic and molecular structure and chemical principles, this module will provide an introduction to the structures, properties and reactivities of molecules and ionic solids. The latter part of the course will concentrate more on fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between chemical bonding and the structures and properties of molecules. This module is the prerequisite for the 2nd year inorganic module CHE-5301B. The first few lectures of this module are integrated with CHE-4101Y. The course is supported and illustrated by the bonding, structrure and periodicity experiments of the first year practical modules, CHE-4001Y and CHE-4602Y.

CHE-4301Y

20

CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS

After a shared introduction to atomic structure and periodicity (taught jointly with CHE-4301Y), 4101Y introduces the concepts of # and # bonding and hybridisation, conjugation and aromaticity, the mechanistic description of organic reactions, the organic functional groups, the shapes of molecules and the stereochemistry of reactions (enantiomers and diastereoisomers, SN1/SN2 and E1/E2 reactions, and epoxidation and 1,2-difunctionalisation of alkenes). These principles are then elucidated in a series of topics: Enolate, Claisen, Mannich reactions, and the Strecker amino acid synthesis; the electrophilic substitution reactions of aromatic compounds, and the addition reactions of alkenes, and the chemistry of polar multiple bonds. Organic synthesis and spectroscopy are discussed, with a survey of methods to synthesise alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, ethers, amines and carboxylic acids, and the use of IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to identify the products.

CHE-4101Y

20

MOLECULES, GENES AND CELLS

The module explores the principles of how information is stored in DNA, how it is expressed, copied and repaired, and how DNA is transmitted between generations. The module will provide an introduction to fundamental aspects of biochemistry and cell biology. The essential roles played by proteins and enzymes in signalling, transport and metabolism will be considered in terms of their structures. You will discover how living cells are visualised and the nature of the cell's component membranes and organelles.

BIO-4013Y

40

PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

The lecture programme will provide you with essential information about some of the physical principles that underpin our understanding of molecular and cellular systems. It will be accompanied with lectures/workshops on basic math skills that you will need to use during this module as well as in the rest of your degree program. The complementary seminar series will help to consolidate your understanding through applying this knowledge to selected topics in the molecular biosciences and provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in problem solving and data analysis.

BIO-4007Y

20

RESEARCH SKILLS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

This module is aimed at Biochemistry students, and provides practical and research skills. The laboratory component exposes the students to experimental and computational aspects of different areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical and physical. The experiments and simulations exemplify the content of lectures in other modules and provide practical chemistry skills, complementing lectures in the first year modules Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds (CCC), Bonding, Structure and Periodicity (BSP), and Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences (ES). The seminar and workshop component develops skills such as analysing data, using references critically, and presenting results in different formats.

CHE-4602Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

BIOCHEMISTRY

This module aims to develop understanding of contemporary biochemistry, especially in relation to mammalian physiology and metabolism. There will be a particular focus on proteins and their involvement in cellular reactions, bioenergetics and signalling processes.

BIO-5002A

20

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

This module explores the structural, kinetic and thermodynamic properties of biological systems and the methodologies used to define them. Using predominantly examples from protein biochemistry, these topics will be discussed within three major themes: 1) Binding, activation and transfer in biological systems, 2) Enzyme catalysis, and 3) Macromolecular size, shape and structure determination. The concluding lectures will explore protein disorder, folding and structure to illustrate how biophysicists integrate concepts and methods from each of these themes when addressing a specific research topic.

CHE-5601Y

20

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

This module introduces medicinal chemistry using chemical principles established during the first year. The series of lectures covers a wide range of topics central to medicinal chemistry. Topics discussed include an Introduction to Drug Development, Proteins as Drug Targets, Revision Organic Chemistry, Targeting DNA with Antitumour Drugs, Targeting DNA-Associated Processes, Fatty Acid and Polyketide Natural Products.

CHE-5150Y

20

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

The aims are to provide: (i) a background to the fundamental principles of molecular biology, in particular the nature of the relationship between genetic information and the synthesis, and three dimensional structures, of macromolecules; (ii) practical experience of some of the techniques used for the experimental manipulation of genetic material, and the necessary theoretical framework, and (iii) an introduction to bioinformatics, the computer-assisted analysis of DNA and protein sequence information.

BIO-5003B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

CELL BIOLOGY

This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of dynamic cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell membranes, cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (nuclear organisation and information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, the ageing process, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is strongly recommended that students taking this module should also take BIO-5003B or BIO-5009A.

BIO-5005B

20

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

The module describes the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds. The aspects covered are set out in the content summary. The module is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course CHE-6301B. Further details will be provided in the course information booklet.

CHE-5301B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GENETICS

This module will describe the basis of heredity, describing both the function and structure of genes and whole genomes together with the regulation of gene expression. Examples will be taken from bacterial, animal and plant systems and will be considered from both functional and molecular points of view. The influence of modern genetics on medicine and agriculture will also be included. Laboratory-based practical work will involve functional anlaysis of a protein involved in DNA repair processes in Escherichia coli using contemporary molecular-genetic strategies. It is strongly recommended that students taking this module should also take BIO-5003B (Molecular Biology).

BIO-5009A

20

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course builds on CHE - 4101Y (the first year organic chemistry course). Four main topics are covered. The first "Aromaticity" includes benzenoid and hetero-aromatic systems. The second major topic is the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds is reviewed and the final major topic is "Stereochemistry and Mechanisms". This covers conformational aspects of acyclic and cyclic compounds. Stereoelectronic effects, Neighbouring Group Participation (NGP), Baldwin's rules, Cram's rule and cycloaddition reactions are then discussed.

CHE-5101A

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

YEAR IN INDUSTRY

This module represents the year (at least 30 weeks) spent on work placement by students registered on a BIO programme incorporating a year in industry. The student will have an industrial supervisor and a UEA-based mentor. Before and at several times during the placement, the mentor will formally liaise with the company through the industrial supervisor to ensure the work carried out by the student is meeting the learning objectives of the programme. Assessment is on a pass/fail basis following submission of a written report and presentation at the end of the placement. Restricted to School of Biological Sciences students on a year in industry programme.

BIO-6024X

120

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

BIOLOGY RESEARCH SKILLS

Primarily an alternative to BIO-6019Y research project module. An introduction to biological research in a more structured manner than BIO-6019Y. Provides an insight into experimental design, establishing crucial research and work skills.

BIO-6023Y

40

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST TAKE BIO-5002A OR TAKE CHE-5601Y The module sets out to explain the molecular basis of the often complex catalytic mechanisms of enzymes in biological systems concentrating particularly on their relevance to and applications in medicine. Covered are the underlying principles of enzyme catalysis and techniques for the study of enzyme mechanism and structure. These provide a foundation for discussions of the catalytic and cellular mechanisms of proteinase families such as the serine and metalloproteinases. Mechanism-based drug design is discussed particularly with respect to development of inhibitors of aspartic proteinases. Covered also are molecular motors, complex nanomachines involved in vesicle transport, ATP synthesis and DNA replication. Finally, the biosynthesis of the signalling molecule nitric oxide and the P450s involved in the metabolism of drugs and other xenobiotics are presented. An extended practical based on the kinetics of a model enzyme, chymotrypsin, helps underpin concepts learnt in the module.

BIO-6001A

20

PROTEIN STRUCTURE, CHEMISTRY AND ENGINEERING

The structural basis of the function of many proteins has been elucidated and this, together with the ready availability of chemical and biochemical techniques for altering proteins in a controlled way, has led to the application of proteins in a wide variety of chemical processes. These include their use as industrial catalysts and medicines, in organic syntheses and in the development of new materials. Central to the module is the link between the structures of proteins and their biochemical and physical properties. Included are discussions of protein structure, and an introduction to the methods employed to determine protein structures by X-ray crystallography. Acknowledging the importance of metal ions to protein function, the chemical principles of protein-metal interactions and spectroscopic techniques for studying protein metal centres are also covered. Relevant methods from bioinformatics and computational biomolecular modelling are introduced as tools for rational protein engineering. In the second half of the module, lectures progress to explain the experimental techniques by which the properties of proteins can be altered, through to the design and production of completely novel proteins and of synthetic protein mimics.

CHE-6601Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT

Open to all BIO finalists (or BIO-6023Y), Scientific Research Skills) except those on C180/2/3/4 (who take BIO-6022Y). Projects involve extensive data collection, either in the laboratory or field, of a particular topic supervised by a member of staff of BIO or an affiliated institute. Topics are chosen in consultation with the supervisor. The project report is submitted at the end of the Spring Semester. Projects may also be available for suitably qualified year long visiting students registered in BIO.

BIO-6019Y

40

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note that if you select CHE-5301B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range.

Name Code Credits

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

The module deals with signal transduction mechanisms, particularly in mammalian cells and with emphasis on human disease. Topics include the molecular basis of cell surface receptor activation, G-protein coupled receptors, kinases/phosphatases, 2nd messengers such as calcium and inositol lipids, and ion channels. The module then goes on to consider signalling mechanisms important for cell growth, differentiation and survival. (With the agreement of the module organiser, students who have taken BIO-5002A but not BIO-5005B may be allowed to take this module.)

BIO-6003A

20

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

The module describes the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds. The aspects covered are set out in the content summary. The module is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course CHE-6301B. Further details will be provided in the course information booklet.

CHE-5301B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note (1): If you select BIO-5006A or BIO-5015B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range. Note (2): You may select CHE-6101Y and CHE-6301Y but if you select either you cannot then select any module in this option range prefix BIO-

Name Code Credits

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

This module is concerned with the structure and function of cells in health and disease. It includes demonstrations of some of the imaging techniques used in the study of Cell Biology and workshops focused on how to design experiments and analyse research papers. Topics to be covered include: ubiquitination, the cytoskeleton and mechanics of cell division, signalling and cell migration, differentiation and apoptosis.

BIO-6006B

20

INORGANIC COMPOUNDS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

This module concentrates on two important themes in contemporary inorganic chemistry: (i) the role of transition metals in homogeneous catalysis (ii) the correlation between the structures of transition metal complexes and their physical properties, specifically electronic and magnetic properties. The structure and bonding in these compounds will be discussed as well as applications in materials chemistry and synthesis. There will be a series of problem-solving workshops interspersed with the lectures. As each of the three lecturers completes their material, there will be a formative course test of short questions in exam format.

CHE-6301Y

20

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

This module provides a overview of the uses of microorganisms in biotechnological principles. It provides training in the basic principles that control microbiological culture growth, the microbial physiology and genetics that underpin the production of bioproducts such as biofuels, bioplastics, antibiotics and food products, as well as the use of micro-organisms in wastewater treatment and bioremediation.

BIO-6004A

20

MICROBIAL CELL BIOLOGY

We will give you a real understanding of cutting edge developments in microbial cell biology. This module is taught by world-leading research scientists from across the Norwich Research Park with focus on the structure and analysis of bacterial genomes, the bacterial cytoskeleton, sub-cellular localisation, cell shape and cell division and intercellular communication between bacteria and higher organisms. There will also be research led seminars delivered by a range PhD students studying on the Norwich Research Park.

BIO-6005B

20

MICROBIOLOGY

Pre-requisites: Students must have taken BIO-4003A and either BIO-4001A or BIO-4004B to take this module. A broad module covering all aspects of the biology of microorganisms, providing key knowledge for specialist Level 6 modules. Detailed description is given about the cell biology of bacteria, fungi and protists together with microbial physiology, genetics and environmental and applied microbiology. The biology of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) and prions is also covered. Practical work provides hands-on experience of important microbiological techniques, and expands on concepts introduced in lectures. The module should appeal to biology students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

BIO-5015B

20

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENT

This module will discuss the molecular and cellular principles that drive embryonic development, including the signals and signalling pathways that lead to the establishment of the body plan, pattern formation and differentiation/organogenesis. Lectures will cover different model organisms used in the study of development including plants and Drosophila, however there is a focus on vertebrate systems. The relevance of embryonic development to our understanding of human development and disease is a recurring theme throughout the module, which also covers stem cells and their role in postnatal development and tissue maintenance. Pre-requisite: BIO-5005B Cell Biology, or BIO-5009A Genetics, or BIO-5011A Clinical Genetics.

BIO-6012A

20

ORGANIC COMPOUNDS: SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES

This module covers several key topics required to plan the synthesis of organic compounds, and to understand the properties displayed by organic compounds. The first topic is on synthesis planning, strategy and analysis, supported by a study of further important oxidation and reduction reactions. The second topic is on the synthesis of chiral non-racemic compounds, and describes the use of chiral pool compounds and methods for the amplification of chiral information. The third topic is on the use of organometallic compounds in synthesis with a particular emphasis on the use of transition metal based catalysts. The fourth topic is on the various types of pericyclic reactions and understanding the stereochemistry displayed by an analysis of frontier orbitals. The final topic is on physical organic chemistry and includes aspects of radical chemistry.

CHE-6101Y

20

PLANT BIOLOGY

This module aims to provide an appreciation of modern plant biology with an emphasis on development, signalling and response to the environment. It consists of practical classes and lectures. It encompasses molecular genetics, molecular, biochemical and physiological perspectives, and affords an understanding of aspects of plant and plant cell function including photosynthesis and the mechanisms by which plants perceive and respond to biotic and abiotic environments.

BIO-5006A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note that if you select BIO-5004A or BIO-5005B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range.

Name Code Credits

CELL BIOLOGY

This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of dynamic cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell membranes, cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (nuclear organisation and information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, the ageing process, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is strongly recommended that students taking this module should also take BIO-5003B or BIO-5009A.

BIO-5005B

20

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

This module provides a comprehensive coverage of contemporary biological studies of genomes. There will be a strong focus on the molecular basis of gene expression in a range of organisms, with a particular emphasis on the regulatory processes that affect expression at the genome level, including epigenetic ones. Topics covered will also include contemporary DNA sequencing technologies, comparative and functional genomics, the organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, global regulation of gene expression and the mechanisms that maintain genome integrity. Other lectures will highlight how modern genomics approaches are being exploited within BIO to address significant biological problems. The associated practical programme will also enhance students understanding of contemporary approaches used to characterise gene function, together with bioinformatics, as well as enhancing their practical skills in the analysis of genomes and gene products.

BIO-6013A

20

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

This module aims to provide an understanding of the themes and principles of physiology and a detailed knowledge of the major human organ systems. Topics include: Information transmission by the nervous system and the integrative processes of the spinal cord and brain; Reaction to the environment through perception of external stimuli by sensory receptors, including the eyes and ears; The muscular and skeletal systems, including muscle contraction and its control, bones and joints; Respiration, gas transport, blood circulation and heart function; Kidney function in excretion and in water and mineral homeostasis; Nutrition and the digestive system; The endocrine system and its role in human disease. A central principle in physiology is the concept of homeostasis. An understanding of how disease affects the ability of organ systems to maintain the status quo is an important part of this course.

BIO-5004A

20

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

This module aims to provide a detailed coverage of the biology of selected infectious microorganisms, in the context of host and responses to pathogens. The properties of organs, cells and molecules of the immune system are described, along with the mechanism of antibody diversity generation, and the exploitation of the immune response for vaccine development. Examples of microbiological pathogens such as Salmonella typhimurium and Mycobacterium tuberculosis are used to illustrate major virulence strategies. The impact of genomics on the study of infection, and on mechanisms used by pathogens to evade host responses will be discussed. The module's theme is the molecular and cellular biology events at the host-pathogen interface.

BIO-6010B

20

TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of important classes of organic natural product and pharmaceutical compounds. The biosynthetic origins and or the natural product synthesis of some of these entities are also, in some cases, explained in terms of classic organic chemistry, arrow pushing, all of which is presented alongside the properties of perinent examples. The module examines examples of biogenesis, chemical synthesis as well as the biological action of selected natural products and pharmaceutically active compounds. More specifically the chemistry associated with natural products that contain important bioactive motifs will be discussed. The roles of coenzymes in the mevalonate and methylerythritol pathways that generate the "isoprene" building blocks for terpenes and steroids, are outlined as well as the significance of substrate folding in the action of terpene synthases and the enzymes that produce steroids. The historical development and applications of multicomponent reactions as well as the use of microfluidics (flow and continuous), microwave and biphasic chemical synthesis. Finally target molecule synthesis associated with natural product synthesis and the chemistry associated with organosulfur, organosilicon and organoselenium chemistry is discussed in the context of natural product synthesis.

CHE-6151Y

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics or ABBB with the same subject requirements. Science subjects require a Pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other HL Science or HL Mathematics at 6.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science or Mathematics.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject area.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, with at least 70% in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics.

Entry Requirement

A level Chemistry and A level in one other Science (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics).

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University in Summer 2017. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2 

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and an A level in one other Science or Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science or Mathematics at 6
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including Chemistry at grade A and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science or Maths
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject area
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, with at least 70% in Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in General Science FS1

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Biomedicine and Health FS2 

Interviews

The majority of our candidates will not be called for interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

A level Chemistry and A level in one other Science (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics).

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and English Language Grade C.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

 

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515