Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BSc: C700
    BSc with Foundation:
    C701

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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UK/EU Students enquiries

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Overview


Biochemistry underpins the very nature of our existence and acquiring skills and knowledge of this subject will help you solve key biological problems. Our Biochemistry degree is aimed at helping you understand the interconnectedness of chemistry, physics and biology by exploring a range of different topics. This includes protein – protein interactions, recognising how macromolecular structure is closely linked to biological function and how this is perturbed in disease. You will find this biochemistry course has a unique blend of biochemistry related topics including genetics, microbiology, physiology and chemistry. You can also specialise in more focused areas including thermodynamics, molecular geometry as well as medical and industrial applications of biochemistry.

 

Updated 01/09/2022

Highlights


    • Modules designed to help you achieve the highest levels of understanding.
    • Collaborations with the life science sector for industrial application.
    • Practice and practical application sessions for a more engaging experience.
    • Global specialists to talk through highly specialised skills. Elective modules that allow you to shape your own active blended learning experience
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students (see Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions).

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Course Content


  • This biochemistry course will give you a firm understanding of the mechanistic biochemical processes that occur within living organisms. This will help you appreciate the broader picture including how all biological, chemical and physical disciplines are related to one another. There are key biological themes that create the core of this program.

    Year 1

    In the first year of our biochemistry degree, you explore bond formation and dissociation, energy storage and transfer, and the structure and function of macromolecules. You also develop your practical skills as a biochemist engaging in laboratory-based learning and work with qualitative and quantitative biochemical data.

    Year 2

    In the second year, our processes of life module provides a conceptual approach to biochemistry while pure chemistry offers a more mathematical understanding. You then begin to develop your research proposals for your final year dissertation project.

    Year 3

    In the final year of this biochemistry course, you will do an independent dissertation project supervised by an academic tutor. In addition, you can explore contemporary issues in biochemistry and how diagnostic tests are applied in clinical contexts. If you are particularly interested in genetics, you might follow a bespoke pathway. That could start with which starts with ‘genetics and molecular biology’ in the first year before advancing to ‘genes and genomics’ in the second year and then completing your final year with medical genetics. Our Microbiology theme includes ‘Introduction to microbiology’ in your first year, Techniques in molecular biology in your second year and then pathogen biology in your final year. There are also additional optional modules that can be undertaken which include immunology, pharmacology, neuroscience as well as a placement module.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • Module code: SLS1013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give level 4 students an introduction to human biochemistry and cell biology. You will study the molecules and chemical processes that occur in living organisms, and explore the structure and function of cells, their components, and their interactions with the external environment.
      • Module code: SLS1019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an insight into how invading organisms can cause disease and relate human world health issues to populations. This module allows students to develop a broad understanding of infectious disease across the globe and the biology of the the causative agents, as well as examining intrinsic & extrinsic strategies to combat microbial pathogens.
      • Module code: SLS1020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give you an introduction to genetics and molecular biology. You will learn about the fundamental mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription and translation. You will also explore how the tools of molecular biology, including cloning and PCR, allow the manipulation and understanding of genes and the proteins they encode.
      • Module code: SLS1035
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an apropriate level of understanding of the anatomy and to introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of physiology. Enableing an understanding of different body systems and how they are integrated to produce homeostasis.The focus will be on human anatomy & physiology and will study the form and functions of the major body systems.
      • Module code: SLS1050
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the laboratory practices best suited for the disipline of biochemistry. Students will study molecules and chemical interactions and how we identify them while applying this understanding to identifying disease.
      • Module code: SLS1051
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide level 4 students with an introduction to the fundamental chemical principles necessary to understand the chemistry of biological systems. The module will study organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. It will entail studying atomic and molecular structure and chemical interactions leading to a description of the reactivity of the function groups and reaction mechanisms that are found in biological systems and the fundamental forces that underpin chemical kinetics.
      • Module code: SLS2001
        Status: Designate
        The sequencing of the human genome has enhanced our understanding of the genetic basis of disease and led to the emerging fields of both bioinformatics and genomics. This module will extend the students' appreciation of molecular biology learnt in SLS1020 while introducing students to both genomics and bioinformatics. The focus will be on applications of genomics to human disease, forensics and sports science.
      • Module code: SLS2013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of quantitative research methods, analysis and research skills within the context of human bioscience. The emphasis will be upon understanding and experiencing the entire research process from conception to presentation and developing the critical skills necessary to undertake an independent research project.
      • Module code: SLS2016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give the student the opportunity to investigate the mechanisms underlying metabolic activities and physiological processes. By achieving the learning outcomes, this module aims to develop an understanding of biochemical regulation of the processes of life. Students will work toward securing the basic foundation needed to study all areas of biology, preparing them to undertake their independent research projects.
      • Module code: SLS2026
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?to integrate basic concepts of immunology with clinically relevant processes. The host response to infection or injury will be explored focusing on specialised cell types and molecules and a variety of laboratory techniques and research approaches.
      • Module code: SLS2055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a grounding in pharmacology that will focus on basic mechanisms of drug action, e.g. how drugs interact with the body and understand how drug action is measured quantitatively.
      • Module code: SLS2056
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with the skills needed to identify the theory behind chemical and physical processes and how this understanding leads to breakthrough understandings in applied chemistry and biology. Students will be able to understand the need for mathematical importance on all biological systems.
      • Module code: SLS2057
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to bioinformatics and equip them with the ability to apply computational skills, knowledge and methods to analyse and interpret complex biological data.
      • Module code: SLS2058
        Status: Compulsory
        This module emphasises the integration of sensory input and effector output that play a role in specific human behaviour. It also considers a range of human behaviours such as movement, emotion, sleep, addiction and stress, from a biological viewpoint. This module aims to help students develop skills in preparation for more independent learning in level six. To help students understand which biological systems are responsible for human behaviors and to allow students to develop and understand how body systems integrate to maintain homeostasis.
      • Module code: SLS2060
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the way biological macromolecules interact to sense external and internal stimuli and transmit signals to effect responses by altering cellular processes. This will be examined at the molecular, cellular and systems level and students will gain an appreciation of the complexities of biochemical systems and an understanding of how to evaluate the techniques used to study them and the data that is generated.
      • Module code: SLS3002
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to build on the understanding of material learnt in SLS2001. This will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of how genes behave both at the level of the individual and in populations. There will be an emphasis on linkage, association, and interaction of genes with other genes and the environment, and a discussion of how these factors influence complex traits and diseases.
      • Module code: SLS3010
        Status: Designate
        Build on the knowledge of the CNS, neurophysiology and pharmacology studied in previous years. To develop an understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying phenomennon such as neural plasticity and synaptic potentiation. To develop an understanding of the CNS in health and disease.
      • Module code: SLS3011
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to actively engage in current research on pathogens and understand the mechanisms used by pathogens to cause disease and impact on human health. The module will also focus on the challenges posed by infections with antimicrobial resistant microorganisms.
      • Module code: SLS3014
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the ways that clinically related samples can be analysed to inform diagnostic and therapeutic practices. A wide range of laboratory-based tests with relevance to clinical conditions will be covered. Through this module students will improve their lab-based skills and ability to communicate information relating to biochemical principles so that it can be used by health professionals.
      • Module code: SLS3024
        Status: Designate
      • Module code: SLS3040
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop students? laboratory skills in either a; medical, industrial or research setting in order to gain confidence in the highly transferable skills which lead to increased employment potential.
      • Module code: SLS3041
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to empower students with the understanding of key issues that biochemists face in today?s society through the critical exploration of issues such as pandemics, epidemics, testingoutbreak variants and future concerns.
      • Module code: SLS3042
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to develop student?s understanding of diagnostic approaches and techniques bybuilding on theoretical understandings of biochemistry, it?s application and how this leads to patient testing and diagnostics.
      • Module code: SLS4013
        Status: Compulsory
        This module allows the student to formulate a research question and undertake independent research in a chosen topic area of Biochemistry.
  • Standard entry requirements apply for this biochemistry degree. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied a natural science subject (preferably Biology or Human Biology but Chemistry and Physics are also accepted) in an A Level at grade C, or equivalent qualification such as International Baccalaureate.

    We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to the BSc Biochemistry 4 year Programme with Foundation Study is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC with a D in a Natural Science. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK  – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International – Full-time: £14,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this biochemistry course for students beginning their studies in September 2022. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    UK – Full Time: £9,250
    UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    International – Full Time: £13,000
    International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this biochemistry course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Application for accreditation to the Royal Society of Biology is in process.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join our full-time Biochemistry degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your biochemistry course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for our biochemistry degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • A full, one academic ‘sandwich’ year is available to students between the second and third year modules. Staff can help you ascertain placements either; locally, nationally or even globally through their connections.

    There is also an optional 20 credit placement module in the final year. This module spans both first and second semesters and is ideal for a local placement, gaining experience without adding an extra year to your studies.

  • How will I be taught?

    You will be taught in a variety of ways on this biochemistry degree; traditional face to face small seminars, online sessions through our virtual classroom, asynchronously and through additional support sessions.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    You will typically have between 12-14 hours of taught content and an additional hour available with your designated tutor.

    How will I be assessed?

    Each of the 6 modules you study each year will have 2 items of assessment (essentially 12 assessment items each year). These range from; essays, posters, presentations, blogs, graded practical sessions, time constrained essays and exams.

    What jobs can I go into from studying this course?

    Many graduates of the hard sciences tend to stay in the field, many go on to consider MSc or PhD, work for the NHS, laboratories, pharmaceutical industries and the education sector.

    Any specialist facilities/ features?

    The University of Northampton boasts a new £330 million campus with state of the art facilities. In the creative hub you will find a well-equipped teaching laboratory with three additional laboratories for research and dissertation projects covering genetics, tissue culture and microbiology. You will also have the learning hub and senate to aid you in your studies, but as a biochemistry student you will also have access to the institute of creative leather technologies which has exceptional chemistry facilities.

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