Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biochemistry

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Course summary

We operate a modular system in which you will study six modules each year. The degree route will provide rigorous and quantitative training in the molecular processes that govern cellular function – from enzyme catalysis to metabolic pathways to signalling between cells. Optional modules in Years 2 and 3 allow you to broaden your knowledge in different areas of biology, such as Cell Biology, Development, Physiology, Plant Biology, and the Biology of Disease. Course Structure Year 1 The first year covers fundamental aspects of the molecular basis of life with an introduction to core biochemical and biological concepts through a set of three required modules covering the following topics: · Biochemistry and Cell Biology · Genetics and Molecular Biology · Animal Physiology A pair of Chemistry modules will provide fundamental conceptual knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand the basis of biomolecular function and activity. The module-linked tutorial system provides support for taught material and an introduction to essential scientific and transferable skills. The remaining optional module, including a language option, completes the first year requirements. Year 2 The second year of the course focuses on the molecular underpinnings of living cells through a set of core modules. A compulsory Year 2 support module, “Research Skills” is also offered, in which skills required for research-led learning at Year 3 are covered. As in Year 1, learning is supported by a module-linked tutorial system. Second-year modules provide integrated skills training in an oral and written presentation, science communication, data analysis and acquisition and critical analysis skills through linked tutorials and workshops. Year 3 Year 3 of the degree places the strongest emphasis on research, with taught content directly linked to research being carried out in the Department. You will undertake three major pieces of work, each constituting its own module; a workshop, a literature review and a research module. The “Workshop” (laboratory-based) module involves hands-on research experience that will deepen your understanding of quantitative aspects of biological systems. The "Literature Review" module involves the study of current research literature in a topic area selected by you, under personal supervision. The final year of the BSc (Hons) also includes the research module, which can be either a five-week laboratory-based “Research Project” or "Biological Enterprise", where you will develop the science and business case for a potential biotech-based product.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 The first year covers fundamental aspects of the molecular basis of life with an introduction to core biochemical and biological concepts through a set of three required modules covering the following topics: · Biochemistry and Cell Biology · Genetics and Molecular Biology · Animal Physiology A pair of Chemistry modules will provide fundamental conceptual knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand the basis of biomolecular function and activity. The module-linked tutorial system provides support for taught material and an introduction to essential scientific and transferable skills. The remaining optional module, including a language option, completes the first year requirements. Year 2 The second year of the course focuses on the molecular underpinnings of living cells through a set of core modules. · Biochemistry · Biomolecules - Structure and Function · Molecular Biology · Cell Signalling A compulsory Year 2 support module, “Research Skills” is also offered, in which skills required for research-led learning at Year 3 are covered. As in Year 1, learning is supported by a module-linked tutorial system. Second-year modules provide integrated skills training in an oral and written presentation, science communication, data analysis and acquisition and critical analysis skills through linked tutorials and workshops. The sixth optional module can be selected from themes including: · Developmental Biology · Cell Biology · Applied Physiology · Plant and Algal Physiology · Microbiology · Immunology Optional module choice in Year 2 provides the required knowledge to continue study in that area in Year 3. Year 3 Year 3 of the degree places the strongest emphasis on research, with taught content directly linked to research being carried out in the Department. You will undertake three major pieces of work, each constituting its own module; a workshop, a literature review and a research module. The “Workshop” (laboratory-based) module involves hands-on research experience that will deepen your understanding of quantitative aspects of biological systems. The "Literature Review" module involves the study of current research literature in a topic area selected by you, under personal supervision. The final year of the BSc (Hons) also includes the research module, which can be either a five-week laboratory-based “Research Project” or "Biological Enterprise", where you will develop the science and business case for a potential biotech-based product. You will study two advanced taught modules linked to your degree: · Advanced Biochemistry · Biochemistry and Biotechnology One optional Year 3 taught module can be chosen from topics which previously have included: · Crops for the Future · Stress and Responses to the Environment · Advanced Topics in Development · Ageing · Advanced Cell Biology · Genomics · Biology of Disease


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C702
Institution code:
D86
Campus name:
Durham City
Campus code:
O

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level ABB (or equivalent, to include a science subject at grade A). Biology or Chemistry to be included in offer. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £29500 Year 1
International £29500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Biochemistry at Durham University - UCAS