Biochemistry at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS


Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary • Attain key knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science. • Study in award-winning laboratory facilities. • Gain real-world experience of biochemistry with year-long or summer placement opportunities. • Transfer to an MSci degree route for a year of practical research training, and improve the prospects of research-based employment. • Grow and excel in this rewarding field, and graduate as an employable, experienced biochemist. • Have the opportunity to work abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements. Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course provides you with a balanced, well-rounded education and hands-on practical training in biochemistry. You gain a deep understanding of the subject through industry placements and extensive lab work. You'll undertake comprehensive training in the latest biochemical and analytical methods, using industry-standard equipment within our world class teaching laboratories. You gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biochemistry from a theoretical perspective, and undertake relevant work placements and mini research projects. The quality of our teaching is evidenced through many course lecturers winning the University's Inspirational Teaching Awards multiple times and three receiving the Vice Chancellor's Inspirational Teaching Awards for their outstanding contributions. You learn through • lectures and workshops • laboratory work • research projects • industry placements • oral presentations • development of lab posters There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme. Applied learning Work placements You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year three. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time during a summer placement. These shorter placements can still contribute to your degree. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. Research projects Working alongside research active staff you will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge that you have gained during your degree to undertake a final year research project. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. It may also be possible to undertake your project at your placement organisation. Networking opportunities On top of your industry placement, the course has excellent links to the industry and its alumni, allowing you ample opportunity for networking. Accreditation This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You can take an optional placement in year three. Year 1 Compulsory modules Module Credits Assessment Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology - 20 Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry - 20 Human Physiology And Anatomy - 20 Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science- 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs - 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills- 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Module Credits Assessment Analytical And Bioanalytical Science - 20 Molecular Biology And Biochemistry - 20 Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40 Topics In Biochemistry - 20 Elective modules Advanced Cell Biology - 20 Organic And Biological Chemistry - 20 Year 3 Compulsory modules Professional And Scientific Practice 3 20 Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Analytical Science - 20 Applied Biochemistry - 20 Research Project - 40 Elective modules Advanced Organic Synthesis And Spectroscopy - 20 Bioethics And Bioinformatics - 20 Bioethics And Human Genetic- 20 Bioinformatics And Human Genetics - 20 Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery - 20 Pharmacology - 20

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points 104 UCAS points from three A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules). We do not accept General Studies BCC at A Level including Biology and Chemistry. BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science DMM (please list units on your application) A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits P: 30 credits Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents * GCSE English and mathematics equivalent • equivalency test from

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
TOEFL (iBT)79Listening: minimum level 17 Speaking: minimum level 20 Reading: minimum level 18 Writing: minimum level 17
Cambridge English AdvancedCListening: minimum score 162 Speaking: minimum score 162 Reading: minimum score 162 Writing: minimum score 162
PTE Academic52Listening: minimum level 51 Speaking: minimum level 51 Reading: minimum level 51 Writing: minimum level 51

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £13650 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Biochemistry at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS