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Biochemistry is the foundation for understanding all biological processes. Develop an international perspective of how organisms work at the molecular level in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and in many chemical and health-related industries with our accredited BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Studies in the USA degree. Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine, in agriculture and in many chemical and health related industries. With the global pandemic demonstrating how vulnerable we are to the emergence of viruses and diseases, now is an ideal opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to help make scientific breakthroughs. Take your scientific knowledge further Positioned at the cutting-edge of research, Biochemistry is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline to study at university. Biochemistry is unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology. Delivered across three years - or four if you choose to include a placement, our Royal Society of Biology accredited Biochemistry course will help you to explore important scientific subjects including biological chemistry, organic chemistry, and genetics. Initially focusing on core concepts of biochemistry, you will progress to build knowledge in areas such as molecular genetics and human systems physiology. During your second year, you will head over the USA and continue building knowledge with University of Toledo. Returning to Salford for your final year, you can choose from a selection of specialised modules and complete your studies with a supervised research project in a topic of your choice. Throughout your studies, you will develop strong laboratory skills. As a biochemistry student, you will spend lots of time in our advanced Bodmer laboratories while in the UK. These well-equipped, purpose-built facilities ensure your learning remains on the cutting-edge of innovation and discovery. The labs host industry-standard instrumentation, including cell culture facilities, histology specimen preparation station, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy. Take your studies stateside Drawing on a 30 year partnership, on this pathway will spend a year of study with the University of Toledo in Ohio, USA. Alongside making new friends and a lifetime of memories, you will be inspired by an international science department considered to be a prominent leader in taking research from the laboratory to industry. Get closer to industry You will also have the opportunity to complete a placement year between years two and three, which is arranged with our support. Recent students have completed placement years at AstraZeneca, Kidscan and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute. By successfully completing a placement, you can again 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' to your degree award. Features

  • Explore areas of research such as nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial, lung diseases, biotechnology and toxicology
  • Develop practical and advanced laboratory skills as you broaden your knowledge of key areas in the scientific industry, including marketing, health and safety, and legal issues
  • Build additional professional and transferable skills by completing an industry placement as part of your studies


Year one modules may include: Biological Chemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills, Study Skills. In year two at the University of Toledo, you can choose from a range of modules similar to those offered in year two of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your 1st year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo. Year three modules may include: Research Project and Professional Skills, Biotechnology, Biochemistry of Drugs and Diseases, Science and Industry, plus one from the following: Cancer: Bench to Bedside, Advances in Pathophysiology, Clinical Immunology.

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Biochemistry with Studies in the USA at University of Salford - UCAS