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Biochemistry - Course Outline

First Year

Courses

Students need to take five courses as mentioned below.

  • Biological chemistry
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Elementary mathematics and statistics

Assignment

  • First University examinations
  • Five written papers; satisfactory practical record

Second and Third Years

Courses

Students need to take following five courses

  • Energetics and metabolic processes
  • Structure and function of macromolecules
  • Cell biology and integration of function
  • Genetics and molecular biology
  • Data handling and interpretation

Assessment

  • Final University examinations, Part 1
  • Six written papers; satisfactory practical record

Forth Year

Courses

In this year, students need to create a research project. The duration of this research project is eighteen weeks and it is full-time project. Additionally, two courses are taken from a list of options. The list typically incorporates following subjects:

  • Virology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Membrane transport
  • Structural Proteomics
  • Signalling and Coordination in Plants
  • Clinical and Applied Immunology

Assessment

  • Final University examinations, Part 2
  • Two written papers
  • Project dissertation and oral presentation

Entrance Requirements

'A' levels: AAA Advanced Highers: AA/AAB IB - 39 comprising core points or any other equivalent

Applicants are expected to have Advanced Higher, 'A' level or Higher Level in the IB or equivalent plus another Mathematics or Science. Mathematics or Biology to at least Scottish Higher, AS-level, or Standard Level in the IB or equivalent may be helpful to students in pursuing the course; however, they are not required for the admission.

Application Procedure

Candidates ought to follow the application procedure as mentioned in how to apply page of the university website. The page provides students details for how to apply for this course. Candidates do not need to take any written test or submit any written work while applying for the course.

Candidates are not expected to have thorough knowledge of the subject as they are not taught Biochemistry as an A level. However, if students are shortlisted for the interview, tutors shall be looking for an interest in the subject with the ability to use information to analyze and solve problems and build up their own opinions.

Career Opportunities

A broad choice of fourth-year research projects is available to students within the Biochemistry Department and in other associated departments such as Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Pathology. Generally, ten students each year perform their project in chosen European universities under the ERASMUS exchange scheme and at Princeton University in the USA.

Students are equipped with lectures, practical exercises and tutorials throughout the year. They use their spare time in studying various aspects of the subject. In the forth year, students need to work on the project, which occupy them in full-time research for eighteen weeks. The project is remainder of the year that is spent in studying specialist option topics and writing their research project. The final degree class is resulting from a fine mixture of marks from second, third and fourth year courses.


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