MSci Biochemistry with a Year Abroad


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Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, the most cited research centre for science outside of London and Oxbridge, with 100% of our biological recognised as internationally excellent (REF 2014). Our integrated Biochemistry course gives you plenty of optional modules, giving you the opportunity to study many different branches of both biology and chemistry up to Masters level in your final year. In addition, the year abroad - which is spent in either Australasia, Europe or North America - will allow you to broaden your personal horizons and gain a new perspective of your subject.

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 laboratory classes providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers, while learning through first-hand experience.

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. So, you’ll have plenty of scope to satisfy your interests in both biology and chemistry.

This MSci is similar in content to the BSc but includes an additional year that allows you to spend an entire year at a university abroad. This degree is perfect for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of biochemistry and experience a different culture during your studies.

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 flexible second year that allows you to tailor your course to chemistry, biology or a balance of both.

You’ll spend the third year abroad at a university of your choice and, in the fourth and final year, you will select from a range of advanced level taught modules and undertake an advanced project. You will become directly involved in an active research group, investigating a topic at the forefront of modern biochemistry.

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 your chance to study at a completely different institution in a completely different country. We have links with a wide range of universities in Australasia, Europe and North America that can host you for an entire year, where you’ll be exposed to a different culture and a different academic environment.

For many students, the Year Abroad is one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences they take away from university.

Fourth year

The final year is based around an in-depth, advanced research project that will allow you to get to grips with a genuine problem at the cutting edge of biochemistry. You’ll get involved in a working research group and contribute to their ongoing work – there’s a wealth of really exciting research taking place at UEA that could form the basis of your project.

Alongside the research project, you will also take three optional advanced modules across chemistry and biology, from a range including: Medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, biological chemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and molecular medicine.

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.

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 – one of the most cited scientific research centres in the country, 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).

Norwich Research Park is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent world-renowned research institutes – the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute (nee The Genome Analysis Centre). As well as housing over 40 science and technology based businesses, the Norwich Research Park is one of Europe’s leading centres for research in food, health and the environment, exposing our students to cutting-edge developments in biology.

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.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BONDING, STRUCTURE and PERIODICITY

After a shared introduction to chemical bonding 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 Chemistry module. The first few lectures of this module are integrated with the module Chemistry of Carbon Based Compounds. . The course is supported and illustrated by the bonding, structrure and periodicity experiments of the first year practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory A or Research Skills in Biochemistry.

CHE-4301Y

20

CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS

This module introduces the concepts of #and # bonding and hybridisation. 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. After a shared introduction to atomic structure and periodicity this module 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.

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. 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, data analysis, scientific writing and presentation. The module is also enriched with six math workshops. In these workshops you are going to consolidate but also further develop basic and more advanced mathematical skills that directly relate with this module but that will also assist you for the duration of your degree. Background: It is assumed that you will have studied Chemistry to AS Level or equivalent and will have Maths to GCSE grade B or equivalent.

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, Bonding, Structure and Periodicity), and Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences. 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 two major themes using predominantly examples from protein biochemistry, specifically, 1) thermodynamic and kinetic properties of biological systems, and, 2) methodologies used to define these properties. Topics that will be discussed in the first theme include binding, activation, transfer and catalysis. Topics in the second theme will include optical spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, electrophoresis and chromatography. Lecture and seminar materials are complemented by laboratory practicals.

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, and is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Functions. It covers the electronic structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes (ligand field theory), the chemistry of main group clusters, polymers and oligomers, the structures and reactivities of main group and transition metal organometallics, and the application of spectroscopic methods (primarily NMR, MS and IR) to inorganic compounds. The module contains laboratory classes linked to the lecture topics and for this reason students must have completed either of the level 4 practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory (A) or Practical and Quantative Skills in Chemistry.

CHE-5301B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

GENETICS

The aim is to provide an appreciation of genetics at a fundamental and molecular level and to demonstrate the importance and utility of genetic studies. Genetics and molecular biology lie at the heart of biological processes, ranging from cancer biology to evolution.

BIO-5009A

20

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This course builds on Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds (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 AUSTRALASIA

Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified Australian or New Zealand University.

BIO-6026Y

120

YEAR IN EUROPE

Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified European University.

BIO-6027Y

120

YEAR IN NORTH AMERICA

Students undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified overseas university. Module choices at different institutions will vary. However you will be required to take a selection of modules consistent with the UEA level 6 modules. Upon choosing your overseas modules, you must complete a Learning Agreement form, to be countersigned by the Course Director. Students will take assessments, as required by the host institution. The final marks and/or Grade Point Averages will be translated into a UEA equivalent once their year abroad is completed

CHE-6024Y

120

YEAR IN NORTH AMERICA

Candidates on these degree courses undertake a full academic year of approved study at a specified University in North America.

BIO-6025Y

120

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

MSCI RESEARCH PROJECT

The aim is to provide further extended experience of biological research (after the experiences gained from the Stage 3 project); the formulation of hypotheses, and appreciation of the processes involved in designing and carrying out experiments and determining outcomes. The skills associated with communication of data resulting from scientific work will also be explored.

BIO-7009Y

60

TOPICS IN ADVANCED BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

This module concerns important concepts and methods that are widely employed in Biochemistry, Biological and Biophysical Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. There are two main areas upon which this module focuses: The first focusses on biological systems covering key areas such as the role of metal-containing proteins, electron transfer - metalloproteins; biocatalysis, membrane proteins, including transport across biological membranes, glycobiology and modern developments in chemical biology. The second part of the module develops further the understanding of key characterisation tools used in chemical and structural biology. It develops the spectroscopic/structural theme covered in the B.Sc. course by providing an in depth, specialist view of key biophysical methods at the forefront of research in biological chemistry. These include (i) high resolution crystallographic techniques and x-ray spectroscopic techniques (eg SAXS, SANS, EXAFS and XANES) (ii) magnetic resonance techniques (both advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods); (iii) advanced optical techniques (eg MCD and Mossbauer), (iv) Computational approaches (eg molecular dynamics) for structure determination and structure-function studies as well as understanding and determining protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions.

CHE-7601Y

20

YEAR-LONG RESEARCH PROJECT

A supervised research project available only to students registered for the MChem programme.

CHE-7001Y

60

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

Name Code Credits

FRONTIERS IN MOLECULAR MEDICINE I

Molecular Medicine lies at the heart of translational research to combat disease. The general aim of this module will be to develop an understanding of Human disease at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. Lectures will focus on the system in question, the problems and diseases associated with that system and treatments possible with an emphasis on the underlying molecular mechanisms.

BIO-7017A

20

MODERN EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR MEDICINE

This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. The aim of the module is to develop practical experience and understanding of the techniques used in Molecular Medicine that are important for researchers and clinicians. It will focus on approaches widely used in Molecular Medicine, including those from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemical biology and developmental biology.

BIO-7019A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

This 20-credit module is an option for all final year M level students. It is classed as a taught postgraduate module; this implies that it can be flexible in some aspects of assessment and aims to present material that is not necessarily covered in standard textbooks. The module provides M level coverage in selected topics of inorganic chemistry and builds upon the prerequisite Level 6 module CHE-6301Y. The material will be presented in three lecture blocks, covering (i) homogeneous catalysis, focussing on dehydrocoupling and stereoselective alkene polymerisation(ii) frustrated Lewis pairs and their applications in catalysis and (iii) recent advances in gold chemistry

CHE-7301Y

20

ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

This is a 20-credit module for final year MChem The module provides advanced level coverage in selected topics of organic chemistry. Topics will include Asymmetric synthesis and catalysis, mechanism in organic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. Lectures will be seminar-style.

CHE-7101Y

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students cannot take BIO-7004A if they have already taken BIO-6013A and cannot take BIO-7007B if they have already taken BIO-6010B

Name Code Credits

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

This M-level module provides detailed knowledge of the biological analysis of genomes. The module is split into three sections centred on a) Genome organisation, evolution and expression; b) Maintaining genome integrity; and c) Regulation of gene Expression. The lectures cover core processes and techniques central to genomics in biological disciplines. Furthermore, the later lectures on the module are devoted to research led teaching with many discussing genomics important and new research from UEA scientists. A practical associated with this module provides experience of molecular biology and the ability to critically analyse experimental data related to the taught component.

BIO-7004A

20

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

This module provides 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.

BIO-7007B

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 or ABBB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics. Science subjects must include a Pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other HL Science or HL Maths 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
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, with at least 70% in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

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.

You are also required to have achieved a GCSE Grade B in the language of your chosen country if studying in Europe.

General Studies and Critical Thinking A-Levels are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher 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

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.

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