The demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world is rising. As a biochemistry graduate your future career could include developing new drugs, bio-fuels, methods of food production, and clinical practices. Many graduates also undertake further postgraduate study. With a Biochemistry degree from Aston, you’ll have the theoretical grounding, industry know-how, and skills to have a successful career in a wide range of industries such as:
- Research and development
- Scientific communication
- Forensic science
- Patent law
- Sales and management
- Medicinal chemistry.
- Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide, 2022).
- Ranked 12th in the UK for a career after 15 months (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide, 2022).
- Access to extensive specialist bioscience laboratory facilities.
- Work at the interface of biological and physical sciences, gaining key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills.
- Integrated placement year designed to set your studies in a real world context.
Year 1 Develop a thorough understanding of the processes that underpin key areas of biochemistry such as how biomolecules assemble into complex structures, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Molecular Metabolism. Year 2 Study topics such as how changes at the molecular level lead to disease, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Core modules: Cell Membranes, Mechanisms of Pathology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Protein Structure and Function. Placement year Gain valuable career-boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Final year Undertake a substantial original research project, choose from a range of advanced modules, and further develop your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation. Core modules: Research Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Skills for Biochemists. In addition, you will complete three of the following four options, Molecular and Applied Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Industrial Biotechnology and/or Advanced Cell Membranes. For more information, please visit our website.
Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, you will gain key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills needed by the modern biochemist. We maximise the time you spend doing hands-on practical work in the lab using specially-designed online activities both before and after the lab sessions. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. You will be assessed throughout the course with wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as: examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple-choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|