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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Medical Biochemistry

Programme code:BS-MBIOCUCAS code:C741
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Joseph Cockburn Contact address:J.J.B.Cockburn@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A Level: AAA - AAB including Chemistry and another science subject (Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics OR Science-related subjects: PE, geography, psychology, use of maths and statistics). 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. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component skill OR equivalent English language qualifications.

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 & Microbiology)

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences

Programme specification:

The programme provides:
- a foundation in the underlying subjects of medical biochemistry;
- an emphasis on the biochemical background of the medical sciences and on how knowledge of biochemistry enables us to understand medical conditions, their diagnosis and therapy;
- an opportunity to study disciplines complementary to biochemistry and medical sciences;
- a choice of modules at each level of study, including in subjects related to medical biochemistry, such as biology, genetics and microbiology;
- a choice of topics for study within some modules, particularly in final year;
- a developmental approach to the medical aspects of 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;
- teaching that draws on the combined expertise of a large and highly rated research-active teaching department in which many staff have research groups interested in medical biochemistry and links with researchers in the School of Medicine and the University's Teaching Hospitals, and in the pharmaceutical industry [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];
- 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];
- 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, e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry [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:

BIOC1302Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOC1303Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOC1304Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life50 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BLGY1115Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

BLGY1237Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 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:

BIOC2302Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOC2303Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOC2306Intermediate Biochemistry30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOL2111Genetic Engineering10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2120Cell Biology of Disease10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 20 credits from the following optional modules:

BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates 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:

BIOC3112Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry I20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOC3222Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOC3232Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 320 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOC3303Advanced Biochemistry: Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOL3396Molecular & Cellular Biology Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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