MSci Biochemistry with a Year Abroad (2020 Entry)


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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Immerse yourself in the wonder of biological organisms and processes at the molecular level. Explore all aspects of life from molecules to cells, tissues and organisms, right up to populations and ecosystems. Learn from leading research scientists who are specialists in their fields of study. Spend a year living and studying abroad, gaining a unique, career-shaping insight into the teaching, research and culture of another country.
This course is for you if you have a strong background in chemistry and are enthusiastic about applying this to the study of biological systems. It is ideal if you want to go on to work in industry, or to progress to a PhD and a career in research.
Biochemists have won six of the Nobel Prizes for Chemistry in the last 10 years. As a biochemist you’ll have the potential to make an impact on many areas of contemporary science, including health, nutrition, clean energy and tackling pollution.

Overview

On this course, you’ll follow the same programme as our MSci Biochemistry students, but you will spend your third year studying abroad at a partner university in Europe, Asia, Australia, USA or Canada. You will experience and learn from the differences in teaching, research and culture – and make valuable contacts for your career. Our biochemistry degrees are taught jointly by the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. This dual approach means that in all elements of the course you benefit from subject-specific experts who inform our undergraduate teaching. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our biological sciences research environment and impact was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, and the quality of our chemistry research output was ranked fourth in the UK (Times Higher Education REF 2014 subject rankings). Our research makes use of a wide array of facilities such as multi-photon and laser scanning confocal microscopes for the study of cells and tissues at the molecular level, high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, pulsed electron parmagnetic resonance spectrometers and X-ray diffractometers for the study of molecular structure, mass spectrometers, liquid and gas chromatography systems, and fluorescence and electron microscopes. You will benefit from our enviable position as an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and independent, world-renowned research institutes such as the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Earlham Institute, and the new £75-million Quadram Institute.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year you will learn the fundamentals of biology and chemistry that underpin the study of biochemistry.

Year 2

As you progress you will choose from a broad range of modules across topics such as cell and molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, genetics, protein engineering and microbial biotechnology along with a wide range of optional modules

Year 3

You will spend your third year living and studying abroad. You can choose from a broad range of partner universities in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

Year 4

In your final year you’ll undertake a year-long independent research project, as well as having the opportunity to study advanced biochemistry modules at Master’s level.

Teaching and Learning

Our school has world-class academics and excellent facilities, including our undergraduate practical laboratories. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars, practical laboratory classes and fieldwork, providing you with invaluable contact time with lecturers while learning through first-hand experience. Intellectual skills are developed by direct contact with lecturers who are frequently internationally recognised researchers. Throughout the programme, each module involves applied work in collecting, analysing or reviewing data and observations on biological processes, with particular emphasis on the critical assessment of existing knowledge. Many modules bridge traditional disciplines. Skills in asking and solving questions are promoted through seminars and group discussions. Mathematical and statistical skills are a major focus of both semesters in the first year. Research design and analysis are brought together in the final year undergraduate dissertation project, where independent thought and application are further developed.

Independent Study

The course provides opportunities for independent study within our state-of-the-art university library. Guidance throughout is provided through regular contact with your Academic Adviser.

Assessment

We use a number of assessment methods: formal examinations, project reports, course tests, practical and fieldwork reports, poster and oral presentations, essays and worksheets. The balance of coursework and examinations varies dependent upon module choices. For example, at Level 5, the majority of modules are assessed through 40% coursework, 60% examination, although a small number of modules are 100% coursework.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

This course gives you the opportunity to live and study abroad in your third year at one of our partner universities in Europe, Australia, Asia, Canada or the United States. It’s a fantastic chance to show future employers you have what it takes to succeed in an international setting.

For further details, visit our Study Abroad section of our website.

After the course

Your MSci Biochemistry with a Year Abroad could lead to a broad range of employment and postgraduate opportunities. You may go on to work in forensic science, the brewing and food industries, medical biochemistry, science patenting or teaching. Alternatively, you might choose to progress to a PhD and a successful research career. A number of our graduates have gone on to doctoral study and then have taken up posts in university, medical or industrial research laboratories. We work with UEA’s Careers Service to offer you support at every stage of your course, from choosing a career through to applying for graduate jobs and further study.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Forensic science
  • Brewing and food industries
  • Medical biochemistry
  • Science patenting
  • Teaching
  • Medical or industrial research

Course related costs

You are eligible for reduced fees during the year abroad. Further details are available on our Tuition Fee website. There will be extra costs related to items such as travel and accommodation during your year abroad, which will vary depending on location.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

CHE-4101Y

CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS

20

CHE-4301Y

BONDING, STRUCTURE & PERIODICITY

20

CHE-4602Y

RESEARCH SKILLS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4007Y

PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-4016Y

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

20

BIO-4018Y

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

20

 

Year 2U

Core Modules (80 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5002A

BIOCHEMISTRY

20

BIO-5003B

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

20

CHE-5601Y

BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

20

CHE-5150Y

MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range A

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5005B

CELL BIOLOGY

20

CHE-5301B

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-5009A

GENETICS

20

CHE-5101A

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

 

 

Year YU

Students will be enrolled on EITHER BIO-6025Y OR BIO-6026Y OR BIO-6027Y OR CHE-6024Y depending on their chosen location of study during their Year Abroad.

Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-6025Y

YEAR IN NORTH AMERICA

120

BIO-6026Y

YEAR IN AUSTRALASIA

120

BIO-6027Y

YEAR IN EUROPE

120

 

Year 4U

Core Modules (80 credits)

Module

Description

Credits

CHE-7601Y

TOPICS IN ADVANCED BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

20

BIO-7009Y

MSCI RESEARCH PROJECT

60

 

Options Range A

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-7005B

SEMINARS IN MICROBIOLOGY

20

 

Options Range B

Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-7017A

FRONTIERS IN MOLECULR MEDICINE I

20

 

Options Range C

Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

CHE-7101Y

ADVANCED TOPICS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

20

CHE-7301Y

ADVANCED TOPICS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

20

 

Options Range D

Students cannot select BIO-7004A if they completed BIO-6013A, BIO-7007B if they completed BIO-6010B or BIO-7008A if they completed BIO-6017A. Please consult with your academic adviser for further advice.
Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

BIO-7004A

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

20

BIO-7007B

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

20

BIO-7008A

EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

20

BIO-7012A

GENETICS, GENOMICS AND BIOINFORMATICS

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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Chemistry or BBB including Chemistry with an A in the Extended Project. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL 5 in Chemistry.
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including grade B in Chemistry.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Chemistry.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 2 at H3, including Higher Level Chemistry.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry.
  • BTEC DDM in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science). Excluding Public Services, Forensic Science, Uniformed Services and Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including 70% in Chemistry.

Entry Requirement

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

Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.

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

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes.

 

Biological Sciences with a Foundation Year

Biochemistry with a Foundation Year

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 speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

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

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study: 

 

 

 

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: 

 

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 on your UCAS application.

Intakes

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

Alternative Qualifications

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.

GCSE Offer

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

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

 

UK students

 

EU Students 

 

Overseas Students

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. 

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Scholarships

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. 

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

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Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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