Biochemistry with a Sandwich Year

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:48 months
Local:$ 9k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 14.9k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:405

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Description

Biochemistry deals with the way living organisms function at the molecular level. This covers a vast variety of life forms, ranging from comparatively simple viruses and bacteria to mammals, plants and other higher organisms. Biochemistry will have a major impact on many of the problems that face mankind today, particularly in the areas of medicine, agriculture and the environment.

The School of Biosciences provides a stimulating, research-led environment for teaching and learning, encouraging you to achieve your full academic and personal potential. Biosciences has been rated one of the top schools in the country by our students. Our innovative approach to teaching has been recognised by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship to one of our staff for the development of our final-year science communication projects.

Our facilities are excellent and include a recent £1 million refurbishment of our teaching laboratories. Our research is at the cutting edge in areas such as cancer, infectious and genetic diseases, protein science and cell biology, all of which feeds into our teaching.

During your Sandwich Year you spend a year working either in this country or abroad. It is also possible to work in one of our research labs during the summer vacation after your second year. We have set up a fund – The Stacey Fund – to provide money for 20 to 30 eight-week Summer Studentships each year. These optional projects offer an ideal opportunity to gain further hands-on research experience.

Independent rankings

Top marks for student satisfaction

In the National Student Survey 2014, our students gave us a score of 100% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us first in the UK. Our students go on to become some of the country’s most employable graduates – we are placed in the top 20 for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2014.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14860 Year (Non-EEA)

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

BI300 - Introduction to Biochemistry

BI301 - Enzymes and Introduction to Metabolism

BI302 - Molecular and Cellular Biology I

BI307 - Human Physiology and Disease

BI308 - Skills for Bioscientists

BI322 - Biological Chemistry B

BI324 - Genetics and Evolution

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

BI501 - Gene Expression and Its Control

BI503 - Cell Biology

BI505 - Infection and Immunity

BI513 - Physiology

BI520 - Metabolism and Metabolic Disease

BI521 - Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation

BI532 - Skills For Bioscientists 2

BI546 - Animal Form and Function

BI548 - Microbial Physiology and Genetics I

BI514 - Pharmacology

CH606 - Medicinal Chemistry

Year in industry

Biochemistry offers the possibility of doing a one-year placement away from the University between Stages 2 and 3. Sandwich placements provide an excellent opportunity to gain relevant work experience, usually in the pharmaceutical industry or a research institute. These placements can be in the UK or abroad. You are paid by your employer and produce an independent research project.

On a sandwich placement you acquire additional skills and gain first-hand experience of a particular type of work, which will help to inform your career decisions at the end of your degree. Students have worked at companies including: GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Lonza, BASF, Eli Lilly and Bayer Crop Science.

Visit the School of Biosciences web pages for more information about the sandwich option, including comments from past students.

Possible modules may include:

BI797 - Sandwich Year Assessment

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

BI629 - Proteins: Structure and Function

BI600 - Biology Project

BI602 - Cellular Communication I

BI604 - Biological Membranes

BI610 - The Cell Cycle

BI622 - Advanced Immunology

BI626 - Integrated Endocrinology and Metabolism

BI638 - Bioinformatics and Genomics

BI639 - Frontiers in Oncology

BI640 - Magnetic Resonance in Biosciences and Medicine

BI642 - Cancer Biology

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.

Requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level:ABB including Chemistry grade B and either Biology or Human Biology grade B
  • GCSE:Mathematics grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma:The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 at merit, and to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits in particular subjects at distinction or merit grade.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma):The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis. Typical offers when made are Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate:34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Chemistry and Biology 5 at HL or Chemistry and Biology 6 at SL, plus Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.

Funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2015 financial support package includes a £6,000 cash bursary spread over the duration of your course. For Ts&Cs and to find out more, visit our funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages. Please note that details of the scholarship for 2015 entry have not yet been finalised and are subject to change.

Accreditation

Society of Biology

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