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Biochemistry is the study of molecular structures and interactions in living organisms. Biochemists seek to understand living organisms in terms of chemical reactions.
If you have a natural curiosity for science and a proven understanding of biology and chemistry, coupled with a desire to learn how science can be exploited for the benefit of mankind, then you have a fascinating career ahead of you. Biochemists are in great demand by employers. This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills that employers want in medical and agricultural research, the pharmaceutical and other biotechnology industries, as well as in education.
What is the biochemical basis of disease? How does DNA control our development, our metabolism and our personal characteristics? How do enzymes work and how do hormones control biological function? These are just some of the fascinating questions addressed in this programme.
In Year Three you will have the opportunity to complete a project in one of our excellent research laboratories, in Life Sciences, in our Medical, Veterinary and Dental Schools or even in a local hospital. You will become proficient in IT and will use the latest software to retrieve and analyse data. Communication skills, scientific writing and oral presentation, together with a range of other employability skills are also taught, enabling you to present your findings effectively to a range of audiences.
Programme Year One
- Molecules and Cells
- Evolution and Biodiversity
- Grand Challenges in Biology
- Experimental Skills in Current Biology
- Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
- Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences
- Biological Chemistry
- Biochemical Methods
Plus one of the following optional modules:
- Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
- Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
- Animal Biodiversity
- Developmental Biology
- Introduction to Animal Husbandry
- Ecology and Global Environment
Programme Year Two
- From Genes to Proteins
- Structure/Dynamics of Macromolecules
- Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
- Molecular Science
- Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
- Techniques in Cell Biology
- Advanced Biochemical Techniques
Plus two of the following optional modules:
- The Multicellular Organism
- Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
- Principles of Pharmacology
- The Immune System in Health and Disease
- Genome Organisation and Maintenance
Programme Year Three
Students spend about three days per week throughout the whole of the 3rd year on their research projects, usually in one of the laboratories of the molecular medicine, cell signalling, chemical biology or structural biology research groups. Students may also take projects within the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, or even in local hospitals.
- Advanced Skills in Biochemistry
- Molecular Biology of Cancer
- Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction
- Molecular Medicine
- Protein Structure and Organisation
- Gene Expression and Development
- Research Project
- Students who have followed the national curriculum (Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii) must complete the University of Liverpool International Foundation Year or an equivalent foundation programme.
- Students offering A-levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 28 points or SATs can apply for direct entry to year one of undergraduate programmes.
- Biology and Chemistry at A level
- International Baccalaureate: 33 including 6/5 at higher level in Biology/Chemistry.
- IELTS 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component.
- Please note that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as a secure English Language Test (SELT). However the University is continuing to accept TOEFL at the required level for entry onto undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes.
- Liverpool International College (LIC) Merit Award
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Award
- Vice Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship