BSc Biochemistry with Study in Industry

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Application method Entry by transfer from C700, C720 or C790 at the end of year one.
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 110 overall for Single Honours Biochemistry courses
Number of places for 2017/18 104

About BSc Biochemistry with Study in Industry

You can enter the Biochemistry with Study in Industry degree by transferring from any of our other Biochemistry courses following a selection process at the start of your second year.

On this course, you gain experience in an external research laboratory as a salaried employee in year three before rejoining the final year of your degree. At the end of your placement you will write a report outlining the research you have undertaken, which will be assessed as part of your degree. Our students find placements within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors in the UK, as well as at research institutes in the UK and overseas.

In recognition of the academic excellence and research training provided by the Biochemistry with Study in Industry degree, it is one of the first in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

More about Biochemistry

Find out more about studying Biochemistry at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Biochemistry 1
  • Biological Chemistry
  • One of the following options:
    • Anatomical Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Microbiology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physics
    • Physiology

Second year

  • Biochemistry 2: Macromolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function plus Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics 2: Recombinant DNA Technology plus Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills
  • One of the following options:
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Other subjects such as language units, may also be taken with the agreement of the department

Third year

You will undertake a full-time research placement. These placements are usually paid and are undertaken in either the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or in a research institute.

Fourth year

You will cover a wide range of topics at an advanced level, with the emphasis on current developments. You will study the following lecture-based units:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • The Dynamic Proteome
  • Cellular Information
  • Advanced Options in Biochemistry.

You will also study the Core Skills unit which includes two pieces of independent project work: the practical project and the literary project.

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Typical offer for BSc Biochemistry with Study in Industry - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in one other science or Mathematics, and 15 credits at Merit. Higher Mathematics is recommended, and is required for those without GCSE Mathematics at A or A*.
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science plus A-level grade A in Chemistry
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics, and AH: AA in Chemistry and another science subject or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Acceptable science subjects are: Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics or Further Mathematics

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade A in Mathematics or Grade C in AS level Mathematics or Physics, plus C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

Entry by transfer

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

Royal Society of Biology This course is accredited at advanced level by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol). Graduates can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MRSB) level after two years of practice, rather than the usual three years, due to the significant research experience acquired.

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