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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Biochemistry

Programme code:BS-BIOCUCAS code:C700
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr David Brockwell Contact address:d.j.brockwell@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A Level: AAA - AAB
- Including Chemistry and another science subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School (Biochemistry and Microbiology)

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences

Programme specification:

The programme provides:
- a foundation in the underlying subjects of biochemistry, including chemistry and information technology;
- an opportunity to study disciplines complementary to biochemistry;
- a choice of modules at each level of study, including in subjects related to biochemistry such as biology, genetics and microbiology;
- a choice of topics for study within some modules, particularly in the final year;
- a developmental approach to biochemistry from foundation in Year 1 to the cutting edge of the subject in the final year;
- experience of a variety of teaching methods (lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials and computer-assisted learning packages);
- an emphasis on small group teaching throughout the course, including in practical laboratory groups, weekly academic/skills tutorials in Year 1 and further academic tutorials throughout Years 2 and 3;
- personal tutor meetings scheduled throughout programme to guide students in their personal and career development and in formulating their own progress files;
- a strong emphasis on personal experience of laboratory methods in Years 1 and 2;

- individual supervised research projects in final year [These take approximately 25% of the time in the final year. Laboratory-, computing- and literature-based projects are available each year, featuring a wide variety of relevant biochemical topics and exploiting the research expertise of staff and the research facilities of the School. Some projects are hosted by academic units of the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry. The allocation process takes into account students' preferences];

- teaching that draws on the combined expertise of a large and highly rated research-active teaching department [Much of the early stages is organised by teaching specialists, while the final year aims to take students to the 'cutting edge' of research developments and subject applications via the research project and in a series of advanced topics from which finalists choose those that appeal to their interests and career intentions];

- the subject-specific knowledge and practical training in generic skills suitable for a wide variety of careers in research, science-based industry and other employment;

- an opportunity for suitably-qualified students to experience an industrial placement during Year 3 [Transfer to the Industrial placement programme occurs during Year 2. Placements are gained by competitive application to science-based companies in UK or abroad (advice and assistance is given in application process). Placements normally are year-long individual research projects. Students normally receive company stipend];

- an opportunity for suitably-qualified students to study at an overseas university in Year 3 [Transfer to the International placement programme occurs during Year 2. Placements are available in several European and North American partner universities. Each placement is an individual package of taught courses and an individual research laboratory project arranged to meet the student's background/interests and the facilities of the partner institution].


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOC1301Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 10 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may select upto 10 credits of discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOC2301Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC2302Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC2303Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students must select a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 20 credits of optional modules

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates who wish to study a modern foreign language can do so by arrangement with the programme leader.

Discovery modules:

Students may select up to 10 credits of Discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOC3111Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I20 creditsSemester 1
BIOC3160Laboratory/Literature/Computing Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BIOC3221Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 220 creditsSemester 2
BIOC3231Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 320 creditsSemester 2
BIOC3303Advanced Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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