MSci Biochemistry with a Year Abroad


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Full Time
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Degree of Master of Sciences



UCAS Course Code
C72A
A-Level typical
AAB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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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 – 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.

Course Modules

Modules are subject to approval. A list of example modules is shown below:

Year 1 – Compulsory

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds
  • Bonding, Structure & Periodicity
  • Practical & Quantitative Skills in Chemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences

Year 2 – Compulsory

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Year 2 – Optional

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Year 3

  • Year Abroad

Year 4 – Compulsory 

  • MSci Research Project

Year 4 – Optional

  • Advanced Topics in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Seminars in Microbiology
  • Frontiers in Molecular Medicine 1
  • Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

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 Level.

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.

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 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 Mathematics
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
  • 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.

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