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BSc (Honours)

Biochemistry

Study biochemistry in award-winning facilities, taught by inspirational and award-winning lecturers.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) †
International: £12,750 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3/4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 96-112 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? C700
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

Course summary

  • Attain key knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.
  • Study in award-winning laboratory facilities.
  • Gain real-world experience of biochemistry with year-long or summer placement opportunities.
  • Transfer to an MSci degree route for a year of practical research training, and improve the prospects of research-based employment.
  • Grow and excel in this rewarding field, and graduate as an employable, experienced biochemist.

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course provides you with a balanced, well-rounded education and hands-on practical training in biochemistry. You gain a deep understanding of the subject through industry placements and extensive lab work.

Student view

Jonathan is currently studying for a chemistry degree. Find out about his work placement at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and hear his advice to anyone wanting to become a scientist.

How you learn

You'll undertake comprehensive training in the latest biochemical and analytical methods, using industry-standard equipment within our world class teaching laboratories. You gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biochemistry from a theoretical perspective, and undertake relevant work placements and mini research projects.

The quality of our teaching is evidenced through many course lecturers winning the University's Inspirational Teaching Awards multiple times and three receiving the Vice Chancellor's Inspirational Teaching Awards for their outstanding contributions.

You learn through

  • lectures and workshops
  • laboratory work
  • research projects
  • industry placements
  • oral presentations
  • development of lab posters

Course leaders and tutors

Nikki Jordan-Mahy
Nikki Jordan-Mahy
BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Nikki Jordan-Mahy is the BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leaders and Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a graduate of Royal Holloway and Bedford New … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year three. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time during a summer placement. These shorter placements can still contribute to your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals.

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Research projects

Working alongside research active staff you will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge that you have gained during your degree to undertake a final year research project. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. It may also be possible to undertake your project at your placement organisation.

Networking opportunities

On top of your industry placement, the course has excellent links to the industry and its alumni, allowing you ample opportunity for networking.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research and PhD training
  • analysis
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • biotechnology and analytical science
  • university or hospital laboratories
  • further study
  • teaching

Previous graduates of this course have found jobs as

  • senior study scientist in the Biological Immunoassay Department at Huntington Life Science, Cambridge
  • graduate scientific role at stem cell production company Future Health
  • food biochemist at Marks & Spencer
  • analytical scientists at Covance and Reckitt Benkiser

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Adsetts library

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer
  • state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment
  • cell culture suites consisting of laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as HPLC and GC
  • real-time PCR equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis

Our cell culture suite won an S-lab award for the best refurbished laboratory in 2011. The S-lab scheme is sponsored by highly regarded scientific organisations including the national HE-STEM programme, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Entry requirements

UK students

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Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points with from at least two A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules). We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules). We do not accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

These are normally achieved through completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

EU and International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.


Modules

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Analytical And Bioanalytical Science Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Topics In Biochemistry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Cell Biology Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Organic And Biological Chemistry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Analytical Science Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Project Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Bioethics And Bioinformatics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 50%
50%
Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
Exam:
&:nbsp; 40%
60%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £12,750 per year.

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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