- A level requirements: AAB
- UCAS code: C703
- Study mode: Full-time
- Length: 4 years
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Biochemistry is the study of molecular structures and interactions in living organisms. Biochemists seek to understand living organisms in terms of chemical reactions.
The Master of Biochemistry (MBiol) is a four-year programme, in which students first follow the three-year BSc in Biochemistry and then continue into a fourth year, subject to performance.
In the first three years, you’ll study a broad range of tailored modules including biochemical techniques, biomolecular structure, metabolism, cell biology and cell signalling, alongside the field of bioinformatics, multi-‘omics and molecular systems biology, with the opportunity to specialise and carry out your own research project.
The fourth (Master’s) year aims at developing enhanced research and personal skills for students seeking a high-level career in research (e. g. studying for a PhD or working in industry) or those seeking to enhance their qualification. Students will join a research team to undertake a significant research project. Students can also apply for a six-week summer research internship in the UK or overseas or apply to spend time working in industry or in other enterprises in the final year.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
In this first year, you’ll gain an understanding of core concepts of biology and biochemistry, as well as the fundamental principles of immunity, infection, and therapy. You will study how organisms develop and function and learn about biological challenges that affect the global environment. You will also develop bioinformatics and practical skills, and you will discover how to utilise quantitative skills.
In your second year you’ll expand your range of knowledge, building essential research skills in experimental design and analysis. You will also hone professional skills, preparing you for a career within or outside the broad field of biochemistry. You will study biochemical techniques, cell signalling, biochemical pathways, macromolecular structure and genetics. In addition, you will have optional modules enabling up to follow your interest in pharmacology, health and disease, or physiology.
OPTIONAL MODULES (CHOOSE ONE)
Year three will provide an unparalleled opportunity for you to learn at the cutting edge of biochemistry research and be taught by world-leading academics in subjects allied to multi-‘omics, molecular systems biology, protein structure and function and cell biology in health and disease. You will also develop advanced scientific skills and you will have the opportunity to take a physical or virtual placement. Central to this year is the research project where you will plan and execute your own research, analyse and critically evaluate data and communicate your research findings in your chosen specialisation.
The fourth year of study offers great flexibility – students may spend it entirely on campus at Liverpool, but more commonly they take up opportunities to broaden their experiences, for example a six-week research internship in the UK (in hospitals, industry or research institutes) or abroad (in our partner universities in Thailand or China). Others may elect to spend the entire fourth year on placement, in similar host institutions. Students will take core modules in research methods and statistics or informatics, together with a 60-credit research project. Students may replace the internship with other modules that cover advanced topics of global importance including bioinformatics and computational biology, cancer clinical trials, immunology, proteomics and metabolomics, and biotechnology related topics.
OPTIONAL MODULES (CHOOSE ONE)
OPTIONAL MODULES (Students choose either the research internship, or two of the remaining modules)
You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.
As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record the development of these abilities through continuous assessment during each semester and by final examination.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.
From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:
As a Life Sciences graduate from the University of Liverpool, you will have an excellent set of career options ahead of you.
Typical types of roles/routes our graduates have gone on include:
Recent employers and sectors:
Hear what graduates say about their career progression and life after university.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.
We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes the costs associated with placements or internships, and the optional field course in Uganda.
Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
Applicants with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are eligible for a reduction in grade requirements. For this course, the offer is ABB with A in the EPQ.
You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.
T levels considered in a relevant subject and specialism.
Applicants should contact us by completing the enquiry form on our website to discuss specific requirements in the core components and the occupational specialism.
|GCSE||4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics|
Biology and Chemistry at A level.
For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||
D*D*D in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, to include Distinction in Units 1 and 5 (Principles and Applications of Science I and II).
For previous BTEC (QCF) qualification:
D*D*D in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, with at least 120 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Please note alternative BTEC subjects are not acceptable for this programme.
|BTEC Applied Science unit requirements|
34 points, including 6 in Higher Level Biology, and 5 in another Higher Level Subject
|Irish Leaving Certificate||H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H3|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher||
Not accepted without Advanced Highers at grades ABB
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Accepted at grade B as equivalent to a third non-science A level at grade B.|
|Access||45 Level 3 credits in graded units in a relevant Diploma, including 30 at Distinction and a further 15 with at least Merit. 15 Distinctions are required in each of Biology and Chemistry. GCSE Mathematics and English grade C/4 also required.|
Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.
Last updated 22 September 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /