Biochemistry is an essential part of modern science as it crosses many disciplines and provides fundamental insights into biological processes. It has revolutionised our understanding of biological systems from microbes to humans and has led to many beneficial biotechnology applications.
The BSc Biochemistry will equip you with a strong foundation in modern biochemistry, and specialist knowledge and skills essential for careers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, agricultural and related sectors.
Our biochemistry graduates also seek wider career opportunities in hospitals, government department, academic organisations and the publishing industry.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Explore core subjects such as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and genetics along with specialised areas such as bioinformatics and molecular modelling, drug design and development, biotechnology and genetic engineering.
- Gain specialist knowledge such as structure-function relationships, signalling and regulatory systems, and metabolic pathways as well as practical skills to work at the forefront of this exciting and developing field
- Develop transferable skills such as independent thinking, planning and problem solving, observational, analytical and communication skills – all highly sought after by today’s employers
- Study in our recently refurbished teaching laboratories based at Luton campus and the Butterfield Park technology zone
- Benefit from staff actively engaged in research – many who are experts in their field having previously worked at leading institutions such as Cambridge University, Imperial College London and King’s College London
- Challenge yourself with further study on a postgraduate taught course such as Biotechnology, Pharmacology or Environmental Management, or study a research degree such as MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD.
Key aspects of the course that emphasise employability include:
- Training in key laboratory techniques relevant to employment within the Biosciences, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations
- Training and practice in the scientific method that underpins all scientific research (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and understanding error, and drawing valid conclusions)
- Practice in professional standards of reporting including laboratory reports using the standards of professional research publications, preparation of scientific conference posters, and written and oral presentations
- Maintenance of laboratory diaries and research diaries following standard practice within the field
- Guest lectures from employers and from the University’s careers service
- Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course may seek employment within academic or government research laboratories, or within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Relevant science jobs outside of laboratory work include teaching, scientific equipment sales reps, scientific journalism or media, and public awareness of science. Furthermore, the training our students receive in information sourcing, data analysis, and presentation skills are relevant and important to a broad range of non-science careers from managerial posts to politics.
- Graduates from our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course may also pursue further scientific training through a variety of Masters programmes or PhDs related to biosciences, or through graduate entry medicine or dentistry programmes.