MSci Biochemistry

2017 entry
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New course for 2017

Application method Entry by transfer from C700
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About MSci Biochemistry

The centrepiece of the Biochemistry MSci is an extended research project that allows you to develop in-depth expertise in your area of specialism and acquire the skills required to embark on a research career. Like our related BSc programme, the MSci programme covers all the major aspects of biochemistry, with an emphasis on cutting edge research.

The first two years of the MSci are identical to the BSc. In year one, you will study biochemistry and biological chemistry, and choose from a wide selection of optional units. As a second year student you will study biochemistry, molecular genetics, and another unit of your choice. You will also receive training in transferable and employability skills.

In your third year you will learn about a range of advanced topics in biochemistry and cell biology, and participate in a laboratory-based research training unit where you will develop the skills needed to define and solve research problems. This prepares you for a research-intensive fourth year, where you will spend up to 16 weeks on an individual research project under the supervision of one of our research group leaders.

A “Science and Society” unit will help you understand the context in which scientific research is undertaken, and you will complete your studies by choosing two advanced options from Synthetic Biology, Cell Biology of Development and Disease, and Protein Assemblies and Molecular Machines.

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: Cellular composition plus Cellular processes
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Optional units, usually chosen from:
    • Anatomical Science
    • Microbiology
    • Normal and Tumour Cells
    • Disease and Defence
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology

Second year

  • Biochemistry 2: Macromolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function plus Molecular Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics: Recombinant DNA Technology plus Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills
  • One optional unit, usually chosen from:
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmacology
    • Neurophysiology
    • Other subjects, such as language units, may also be taken with the agreement of the School.

Third 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 take the "Research and Communication Skills" unit which includes a literature project, and the "Research Training" unit where you will gain experience of advanced experimental work in a supervised laboratory environment.

Fourth year

You will spend up to 16 weeks on an individual research project under the supervision of one of our research group leaders. This will allow you to develop expertise in your topic and grow as an independent researcher. You will also take a "Science in Society" unit and choose 2 options from:

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Cell Biology of Development and Disease
  • Protein Assemblies and Molecular Machines
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Biochemistry

Typical offer for MSci Biochemistry - 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 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 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 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 and 8.5 in one other science or Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Accepted 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: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or common application

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