The study of biochemistry is fundamental to many other areas of contemporary biology, and biochemists are capable of spanning the borders of biology, chemistry and even physics.
This is reflected in our teaching ethos, as our Biochemistry degree programme combines the expertise of the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry. This gives you the benefit of a flexible programme with a wide range of module and teaching methods. The course begins by providing a foundation in the chemical principles that underlie biochemistry and aspects of cellular and molecular biology.
The wide range of courses offered by both Schools in the second year allows you to tailor your degree programme towards biology or chemistry according to your interests. Specialist courses are also available to deal with current developments in various biochemically-related fields, such as medicinal chemistry, plant or microbial biotechnology and protein engineering.
A Level: ABB including Chemistry and an A level in one other Science or Mathematics, a minimum of AS Mathematics grade B or above
International Baccalaureate: 32 points with HL Chemistry at grade 5 and one other Science at Grade 5, and a minimum of Maths at SL at grade 5.
Scottish Highers: AABBB including Chemistry at grade A, Maths and one other science subject
Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB including Chemistry and one other science or Maths, HL Maths required at grade B or above
Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB including Chemistry, Maths and one other science subject
Access Course: Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry, 12 Level credits in one other Science subject and 6 Level 3 credits in Maths
BTEC: DDM in a relevant subject area, with at least 6 units of Chemistry, 6 units of one other Science and 3 units of Maths
European Baccalaureate: 75% overall, including 70% in Chemistry and Maths
93% of our undergraduates who were available for work, found employment or study within six months of finishing their studies.
A degree from the School of Biological Sciences will provide you with a range of professional and postgraduate opportunities. Biological scientists are at the forefront of biomedical, agricultural and ecological research and you will graduate with excellent career prospects - both within science and in the wider employment market.
The knowledge, research and communication skills you develop here will also equip you to engage with wider employment sectors. A third of our graduates also progress on to higher degrees such as Masters and PhDs, taking up posts in university, medical and industrial research laboratories.
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