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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.6k / 2015 cohort
  • Foreign: $ 33.6k / 2015 cohort
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 5281pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    The programme aims/objectives are to: • attract motivated students of high intellectual calibre, both from within the UK and from overseas, and teach them in a way that encourages originality of thought and breadth of vision; • provide a supportive learning environment, underpinned by world class research; • provide distinctive courses at each level within appropriate areas of biochemistry and / or biotechnology, drawing on the expertise and strengths of our academic staff; • produce first-degree graduates well equipped to pursue careers both in biochemical sciences and more broadly, in industry and the public sector; • provide a training in laboratory and research skills; • foster the ability to work independently and as part of a group, and to develop presentation skills, both written and oral; • ensure that all students gain experience in computing and information technology; • provide all students with a broad education in fundamental aspects of biochemistry and a higher level of knowledge and understanding of subjects chosen in their final year; • enable Biotechnology degree students to follow discrete pathways in the final year; • provide placement students with enhanced investigative, literature review and report writing skills together with work experience in an industry/research institute (Year in Industry / Research degrees).

    All students take the same four first year course modules. Two modules are examined in February and two in June. Students on the Language for Science programmes also take Language Classes and History and Politics of (chosen country e.g. France). In their second year, students take four core modules and an elective module in the Business School or the Centre for Co-Curricular Studies according to their interests and degree requirements. Secondyear exams are held in February and and June. Students on the Language for Science programmes also take Language Classes and Science and Technology in (chosen country e.g. France). In the final year, students take elective modules in the Autumn and Spring terms. Two final year modules are examined at the start of the Spring Term and the third at the beginning of March. They are followed by a full-time 10-week independent research project, or a three week Science Communication course and a 7 week literature project. Subject to approval, students may switch between the different degrees offered; changing degrees to the Placement Year is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Changing degrees between Biochemistry and Biotechnology titles depends on which final year modules are taken (see below). Year One: All students take the same four 15 ECTS credit modules, each comprising 45-55 lectures, plus associated laboratory classes and tutorials. Biological Chemistry – Organic and physical chemistry; structure and function of biologically important polymers and cellular structures; radioactivity and use of radioisotopes. Cell Biology – Cellular and sub-cellular structure; cell growth and communication; multicellular organisms and development. Molecular Biology – Principles of genetics; structure and function of nucleic acids. Proteins and Enzymes – Enzyme kinetics; protein structure; control of enzyme activity; metabolism.
    Term one: Biological Chemistry and Cell Biology. Term Two: Biological Chemistry and Cell Biology then followed by Proteins and Enzymes and Molecular Biology. Term Three: Proteins and Enzymes and Molecular Biology. Students must pass 60 ECTS credits to proceed to the second year. Students who fail course modules may resit the examination component the next two times it is offered. For first-year and second-year students this will be before the start of the next academic year. Year Two (if applicable): All students take four core Biochemistry modules and in addition an optional course chosen from a wide range, most of which are not directly related to biochemistry. These count for 60 ECTS credits in total which are split between four 13.5 ECTS credits for the core Biochemistry courses and 6 ECTS credits for the optional course. The four core courses are: Genes and Genomics (13.5 ECTS) -Molecular mechanism of gene regulation at the transcription and translation levels; gene and genome structure (roles in gene regulation and phenotypic diversity); genomics techniques; application of bioinformatics. Macromolecular Structure and Function I (13.5 ECTS) – protein purification and analysis; protein structure determination; understanding and exploiting protein structure (incorporating modern bioinformatics approaches); specific examples of how an understanding of protein structure provides functional insights Integrative Cell Biology (13.5 ECTS) – Cell to cell communication; neurobiology; Stem and developmental cell biology; Immunology Macromolecular Structure and Function II (13.5 ECTS) - principles of enzyme and protein kinetics; principles of protein-ligand binding; Interpretation of mass spectrometry data; biological electron transfer; application of optical spectroscopy and microscopy to understanding of macromolecular function The optional course (6 ECTS) is taken from a wide range of language and other courses offered by the Centre for Co-Curricular Studies or from courses offered by the Business School. Term one: Genes and Genomics and Macromolecular Structure and Function I Term Two: Genes and Genomics and Macromolecular Structure and Function I followed by Integrative Cell Biology and Macromolecular Structure and Function II Term Three: Integrative Cell Biology and Macromolecular Structure and Function II Students must pass 60 ECTS credits to proceed to the final year. Placement Year (if applicable): (Only for Year in Industry/Research & Research Abroad Degrees) All students carry out full time work during term-time in an Industrial setting (e.g. Glaxo SmithKline, Celltech), a research institute (e.g. Cancer Research UK) or a University abroad. Students submit two interim and one final report to their College Supervisor who also visits them on site, at least once during the year. This assessment does not count towards the final degree, but is required to be passed in order to gain the Year in Industry/Research Research Abroad addendum to the certificate.
    Year Three (Year 4 for Year In Industry/Research & Research Abroad Degrees) Students take three, 13 ECTS, elective modules in the Autumn and Spring terms according to their interests and degree requirements (one module from each row in the grid below). Biochemistry degree students can choose from any of the options in each row. Each of these courses is currently capped at 45 students per course. Biotechnology students must choose courses whose combined Biotechnology points weighting adds up to 9 points. The final examinations are at the start of the Spring Term for the Autumn courses and the beginning of March for the Spring Course, followed by a 10-week, full-time research project (21 ECTS) or 3-week Science Communications course (8 ECTS) and 7-week dissertation (13 ECTS).


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Program requirements

    A-levels

    The minimum entry requirements for all Biochemistry/Biotechnology courses are AAA overall at A2 level, to include:

    • A in Chemistry
    • A in another science subject (Biology is preferred but not mandatory) or Mathematics

    The ideal combinations would be Chemistry and two further science subjects or Chemistry and one further science subject and Mathematics, but other combinations are considered.

    Other qualifications, such as General Studies, Key Skills or Critical Thinking, while useful, will not count towards an offer.

    Two AS levels may be acceptable in place of a third A level. This is in addition to Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology (or Combined Sciences), and English Language (or an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS with 6.5 in each element).

    Applicants for the following courses should also note the following additional requirements:

    Research Abroad courses

    Applicants must have a relevant foreign language to GCSE (minimum grade B) or AS level.

    Languages for Science degrees (C7R1, C7R2, C7R4, J7R1, J7R2, J7R4)

    You must achieve a minimum grade B in the relevant foreign language to AS level (or equivalent).

    International Baccalaureate

    For students following the International Baccalaureate, an overall score of 38 points is required to join the Biochemistry and Biotechnology stream, including 6 in Chemistry and Biology at higher level. Applicants must have a score of 5 in English at standard level.

    For Biochemistry/Biotechnology with French, German or Spanish for Science, an overall score of 38 points is required, including 6 in Chemistry and either Biology or Mathematics at higher level. Applicants must have a score of 6 in the relevant language at standard level.

    INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

    We welcome applications from students with overseas or alternative UK qualifications of equivalent standard, including European, French and International Baccalaureates, German Abitur, various maturas, Scottish Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, and Advanced Placements (USA), amongst many others. 

    Thermo Fisher Scholarship
    Student Status Open pre-enrolment only
    Value $5000
    Number Available - 8
    Further Eligibility Criteria InformationValue Required    
    This scholarship is available to HOME applicants who have received a conditional firm or unconditional offer from Imperial College by the published deadline. Only available to Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Earth, Science and Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Mathematics students only.
    Your household income must also have been assessed to be £60,000 or less by your government funding authority (e.g. Student Loans Company).
    Duration Maximum of 4 years
    Application Deadline Date 07-MAY-2015
    Selection Process
    How to apply
     
    There is no separate application form that you need to complete in order to apply for this scholarship. 
    Your department will assess your academic merit from your UCAS form and your predicted A-Level results, and will select the best candidate as the scholar.  Each Department will be allocated one award.
    Outcome of the Award
    The successful candidate will be notified by email no later than 4 July 2015.  If you have not heard from us by this date please assume you have been unsuccessful in your application.
    Please note that the successful scholar will be expected to meet informally with the donors on occasions, and will be required to submit a short statement of progress each year that will be shared with the donors.
    This award is for students starting in the academic year 2015-16 and cannot be deferred.
    Before applying
    You must quote your College Identifier (CID) number when corresponding with the College.
    The scholarships we offer are limited and highly competitive. You must have sufficient funding in place before enrolling on your course.
    Unless otherwise stated, the scholarships advertised are only available to prospective students applying for full-time courses.
    The award period will generally commence on the first day of the academic year which you have applied for (e.g. 1 October 2012).
    Scholarship applications will only be considered following an offer of admission. Only if you fulfil all the eligibility criteria (that is, if you meet the requirements) of the scholarship, will you be considered.
    If there is no separate scholarship application form to be submitted, we will use your admission application form and references provided. These documents may therefore also be passed to stakeholders involved in the selection process.
    Please do not send in supporting documents unless the scholarship application process specifically asks you to do so.
    Funding deadlines are strictly adhered to and any application received after the closing date will not be accepted.
    Successful award recipients
    9. Agreeing to these terms and conditions and supplying your UK bank details

    a) All scholarship and bursary payments will be made to the UK bank account details held on your Student e-Service account. You are able to log into your Student e-Service account and make changes to your bank details at any time after you’ve accepted your admissions offer.
    b) By submitting your bank details via the Student Funding tab in Imperial’s Student e-Service portal, and/or bursary form, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.
    c) It may take a few weeks to set up your bursary payments and your UK bank account (if applicable); therefore you should bring sufficient funds to cover your living expenses during this time. Initial payment dates may vary; it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of when payments will be made.
    d) The award is subject to you fulfilling any outstanding conditions of admission.
    e) Funds will only be released in line with your registration at College and you will need to ensure your bank details are up to date.
    f) Payment Dates: Payments are normally made on the 7th day of each month; bank details should be updated before the 24th day of the preceding month to ensure payment is not delayed. Undergraduate payments will commence from 7th November. Postgraduate payments will commence on the 7th of the month following your registration.

    10. Please make sure that you have completed all the steps necessary to register for the academic year in which you wish to receive payment. Please note that new award holders will also need to have fulfilled all of their conditions of offer before they are able to register.

    11. All Imperial scholarships are subject to satisfactory academic progression. If the duration of your scholarship is longer than 12 months, it will be renewable annually.

    12. Awards will not generally be made to those already holding a full scholarship from another source; please inform Student Financial Support, and/or any other department which has offered you an award, immediately if you are granted more than one award, even if you have already accepted our award. If you wish to hold several partial awards concurrently, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    13. Scholarships are not generally awarded to students who are writing-up.

    14. Applicants wishing to study at UK partner institutions are not eligible for Imperial College London scholarships.

    15. Undergraduate Financial Support / Imperial Bursary Package

    a) To be eligible to receive an Imperial Bursary you must have been assessed for means tested funding from Student Finance England (or equivalent funding authority) and have a household income below the Imperial household income threshold for your cohort. You must contact us if this is not the case. Any previous study may affect your entitlement.
    b) The College reviews household income information (which it receives from Student Finance England, etc.) on a continuous basis. A change in your household income may result in a change in your Imperial Bursary. Any overpayments will be reclaimed.
    c) The Imperial Bursary is available for each year of your course excluding repeat years of study and NHS funded years for Medical courses. If you change from a 3 year to a 4 year course at Imperial you will be awarded a further year’s bursary. You should contact us about any course changes as soon as possible.
    d) Students on paid placements might not be eligible for the Imperial Bursary.
    e) To be eligible for the Imperial Bursary, we must receive your household income from the Student Loans Company by 1 May following the start of your academic year.

    16. If you have been offered funding by the Research Councils, please ensure that you have read the most up-to-date postgraduate funding guide; you will need to adhere to the terms and conditions laid out there.

    17. Deferrals, withdrawals and interruption of studies

    a) You must inform the Student Financial Support team immediately of any interruptions to your study, particularly if they are likely to affect your attendance and registration status at College.
    b) If you withdraw from your course or take an interruption of study (IOS) you must notify us immediately by contacting us here. If you take an IOS your bursary will be postponed until you re-register.
    c) Bursaries and scholarships are not transferable. If you transfer to another institution or withdraw from the College, any payments due to you will be cancelled and any overpayments are recoverable.
    d) We will not provide scholarship or bursary support for any period of repeat study.
    e) Awards cannot be deferred.

    18. Student Financial Support may at any time, at their discretion, withdraw or recover an award for breach of any of the above conditions.

    19. The College reserves the right to place a limit on financial support where a student is in receipt of other funding.

    20. Information on students is shared within the Imperial College community and donors (where applicable and relevant to your award) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

    a) Where awards have specific eligibility criteria (e.g. satisfactory academic progression), supporting evidence may be shared with named donors in order to verify continued eligibility.
    b) Award recipients may be expected to meet with donors.

    21. If you are in receipt of an award to study that is restricted to students on the basis of nationality or residency; please note that, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, you must not intend to exercise in Great Britain skills you have obtained as a result of your training at the College and you must not be ordinarily resident in an EEA state.

    22. These terms and conditions are the formal rules which regulate centrally funded awards. As such, there are no appeal procedures associated with funding from the Student Financial Support team. 

    President's Undergraduate Scholarships
    The President's Undergraduate Scholarships are the most prestigious awards the College has to offer. They are designed to reward students who demonstrate the highest academic excellence and potential.
    They are funded entirely by philanthropic donations from generous alumni and supporters of the College. Scholars are invited to serve as ambassadors for the College.
    There are 112 President's Undergraduate Scholarships available for students starting their studies in 2015–16.
    Academic departments are responsible for nominating scholarship recipients as part of the admission process. All first time undergraduate applicants who have applied to the College by 15 October will be considered for these awards. However, Graduate Entry Medicine students are not eligible.
    Each President's scholar will receive £3,000 for their first year of study.
    There is no formal application process and no separate application form for the President's Undergraduate Scholarship.
    Your prospective department will use your admission application, references and any entry tests or interviews associated with your department to assess your academic merit and potential.
    Recipients of these awards might find reference to these scholarships as part of their admissions offer via UCAS Track. You will then receive separate communication from Imperial’s Student Financial Support team a few days later.
    If we think you may be eligible to be considered for this award, you will receive an email with more information about the scholarship after you have applied.
    If you do not wish to be considered for this scholarship, please contact us and let us know. Make sure you include the name of the scholarship and your College Identifier (CID) number – you can find this on your application acknowledgement email from the College.
    Before applying
    You must quote your College Identifier (CID) number when corresponding with the College.
    The scholarships we offer are limited and highly competitive. You must have sufficient funding in place before enrolling on your course.
    Unless otherwise stated, the scholarships advertised are only available to prospective students applying for full-time courses.
    The award period will generally commence on the first day of the academic year which you have applied for (e.g. 1 October 2012).
    Scholarship applications will only be considered following an offer of admission. Only if you fulfil all the eligibility criteria (that is, if you meet the requirements) of the scholarship, will you be considered.
    If there is no separate scholarship application form to be submitted, we will use your admission application form and references provided. These documents may therefore also be passed to stakeholders involved in the selection process.
    Please do not send in supporting documents unless the scholarship application process specifically asks you to do so.
    Funding deadlines are strictly adhered to and any application received after the closing date will not be accepted.
    Successful award recipients
    9. Agreeing to these terms and conditions and supplying your UK bank details

    a) All scholarship and bursary payments will be made to the UK bank account details held on your Student e-Service account. You are able to log into your Student e-Service account and make changes to your bank details at any time after you’ve accepted your admissions offer.
    b) By submitting your bank details via the Student Funding tab in Imperial’s Student e-Service portal, and/or bursary form, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.
    c) It may take a few weeks to set up your bursary payments and your UK bank account (if applicable); therefore you should bring sufficient funds to cover your living expenses during this time. Initial payment dates may vary; it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of when payments will be made.
    d) The award is subject to you fulfilling any outstanding conditions of admission.
    e) Funds will only be released in line with your registration at College and you will need to ensure your bank details are up to date.
    f) Payment Dates: Payments are normally made on the 7th day of each month; bank details should be updated before the 24th day of the preceding month to ensure payment is not delayed. Undergraduate payments will commence from 7th November. Postgraduate payments will commence on the 7th of the month following your registration.

    10. Please make sure that you have completed all the steps necessary to register for the academic year in which you wish to receive payment. Please note that new award holders will also need to have fulfilled all of their conditions of offer before they are able to register.

    11. All Imperial scholarships are subject to satisfactory academic progression. If the duration of your scholarship is longer than 12 months, it will be renewable annually.

    12. Awards will not generally be made to those already holding a full scholarship from another source; please inform Student Financial Support, and/or any other department which has offered you an award, immediately if you are granted more than one award, even if you have already accepted our award. If you wish to hold several partial awards concurrently, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    13. Scholarships are not generally awarded to students who are writing-up.

    14. Applicants wishing to study at UK partner institutions are not eligible for Imperial College London scholarships.

    15. Undergraduate Financial Support / Imperial Bursary Package

    a) To be eligible to receive an Imperial Bursary you must have been assessed for means tested funding from Student Finance England (or equivalent funding authority) and have a household income below the Imperial household income threshold for your cohort. You must contact us if this is not the case. Any previous study may affect your entitlement.
    b) The College reviews household income information (which it receives from Student Finance England, etc.) on a continuous basis. A change in your household income may result in a change in your Imperial Bursary. Any overpayments will be reclaimed.
    c) The Imperial Bursary is available for each year of your course excluding repeat years of study and NHS funded years for Medical courses. If you change from a 3 year to a 4 year course at Imperial you will be awarded a further year’s bursary. You should contact us about any course changes as soon as possible.
    d) Students on paid placements might not be eligible for the Imperial Bursary.
    e) To be eligible for the Imperial Bursary, we must receive your household income from the Student Loans Company by 1 May following the start of your academic year.

    16. If you have been offered funding by the Research Councils, please ensure that you have read the most up-to-date postgraduate funding guide; you will need to adhere to the terms and conditions laid out there.

    17. Deferrals, withdrawals and interruption of studies

    a) You must inform the Student Financial Support team immediately of any interruptions to your study, particularly if they are likely to affect your attendance and registration status at College.
    b) If you withdraw from your course or take an interruption of study (IOS) you must notify us immediately by contacting us here. If you take an IOS your bursary will be postponed until you re-register.
    c) Bursaries and scholarships are not transferable. If you transfer to another institution or withdraw from the College, any payments due to you will be cancelled and any overpayments are recoverable.
    d) We will not provide scholarship or bursary support for any period of repeat study.
    e) Awards cannot be deferred.

    18. Student Financial Support may at any time, at their discretion, withdraw or recover an award for breach of any of the above conditions.

    19. The College reserves the right to place a limit on financial support where a student is in receipt of other funding.

    20. Information on students is shared within the Imperial College community and donors (where applicable and relevant to your award) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

    a) Where awards have specific eligibility criteria (e.g. satisfactory academic progression), supporting evidence may be shared with named donors in order to verify continued eligibility.
    b) Award recipients may be expected to meet with donors.

    21. If you are in receipt of an award to study that is restricted to students on the basis of nationality or residency; please note that, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, you must not intend to exercise in Great Britain skills you have obtained as a result of your training at the College and you must not be ordinarily resident in an EEA state.

    22. These terms and conditions are the formal rules which regulate centrally funded awards. As such, there are no appeal procedures associated with funding from the Student Financial Support team.

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