University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biochemistry

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Course summary

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Overview Are you a budding scientist, ready to expand your knowledge and learn how to use biological chemistry to revolutionise research and explore the fascinating world of molecules, genes and cells? On this BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree course, you'll explore life at its most fundamental level. You’ll examine the way cells and molecules work and discover how this knowledge can help fight disease, edit genomes, develop new sources of fuel and biofuels, and explain human and animal development. Fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course can lead to career paths in academic and industrial research, teaching, forensic science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and the health service. On completion you can apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited by: This course is fully accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. This means it's recognised in the industry and assures future employers that you have the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in biochemistry. What you'll experience On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn to become a professional scientist with the latest theory backed up by lab training
  • Study genes and cells, how they work at molecular level and clone DNA in practical classes
  • Understand the role of biochemistry in developing fuel and biofuels, fighting disease, and researching animal and human development
  • Learn from academic staff who are doing trailblazing research into epigenetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, microbiology and molecular biophysics
  • Get involved with the European Xenopus Resource Centre, one of the largest frog resource facilities in the world
  • Access our molecular biology research labs, globally regarded as some of the best available at a university
  • Use the latest tech such as X-ray diffractometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and instrumentation for protein purification
  • Have the opportunity to apply to the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, which involves a summer research placement at a European university
  • Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Biochemistry degree? There are many career paths a BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree can lead you to. Previous students have gone on to do valuable work in fields such as:
  • industrial research
  • academic research leading to a PhD
  • biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries
  • science teaching
  • the health service
  • scientific writing and the media

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Biodiversity & Evolution
  • Experimental Biology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry
  • Microbiology & Molecular Biology
  • Perspectives in Biochemistry.
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Cell Biology
  • Enzymes and Metabolism
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Macromolecules
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Business for Biosciences
  • Development; How Form and Function Changes
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Microbiology.
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Gene Organisation And Expression
  • Genomics in Molecular Medicine
  • Honours Project.
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Biotechnology
  • Genes and Development
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework, essays and write-ups
  • presentations
  • online exams
  • data analysis problems
  • research project
  • written exams
  • multiple choice tests
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points 112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, including Biology and Chemistry, with 40 points from either A level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.
A level 112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Must be in a Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma 112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science). To include a minimum of 9 credits in Biology and 9 credits in Chemistry based subjects at Merit or above.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112 Tariff points, including Biology and Chemistry, with either Biology or Chemistry at grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points 27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry, with 6 points from a Higher Level in either Biology or Chemistry. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 To include Biology and Chemistry, with either Higher Level Biology or Chemistry at H3.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include Biology and Chemistry, with a Principal Subject in either Biology or Chemistry at M2.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £1,600 Year abroad of a language course £1,600 For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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Clearing contact details

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Biochemistry at University of Portsmouth - UCAS