Biochemistry and Genetics MSci
Medical School Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
Molecular biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology are at the core of this innovative degree.
You will learn how to combine the growing fields of biochemistry and genetics to develop revolutionary medical treatments, such as gene based personalised medicine, as well as understanding the genetic control of cell behaviour, human development and pathogen interactions.
You will develop advanced skills in the lab with practical experience from year one. You will be trained by scientists who are leaders in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. They will help you graduate with the core skills needed to be successful in your future career, either as a laboratory scientist or in careers where your scientific training will be welcome such as data analyst, patent law and teaching.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 10 March 2023.
Core hours of directed learning are 9 am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, with Wednesday afternoon reserved for sports. Occasionally lectures are held from 5-6 pm. Classes start on the hour and should finish by 45 minutes past the hour, to enable students and staff to get to their next engagement. All lectures are recorded for inclusion and for revision purposes.
Each hour of contact time should be followed with approximately 1-3 hours* of self-directed study. On average there are 20 hours contact time with staff per week.
*increases with progression
On completion of the course, you will have developed a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects of cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics.
Your research skills will be at a level that allows you to compete for the best postgraduate positions. Throughout the course you will have built up a range of transferable skills in presentation, interpretation and criticism of scientific data. These are all skills valued by employers.
Recent graduate destinations include:
Find out more about the career options available to biochemistry graduates, including recent Nottingham graduate destinations by visiting our careers webpage.
Average starting salary and career progression
96.5% of undergraduates in the School of Life Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £20,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £41,600.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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