Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry with Studies in the USA

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Biochemistry is the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as many chemical and health related industries. Biochemistry is unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the fast expanding field of biotechnology.

This course includes a year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo in Ohio. This exchange programme has been running for over 30 years. The University of Toledo is considered to be a top global player for taking research from the laboratory to the world, and is recognised by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the 22 most beautiful landscaped campuses in the USA. The University of Toledo is based in an Ohio and just an hour's drive from Detroit - the largest city in Michigan. Detroit has a major international airport, hosting one of the largest airline hubs in the country, meaning that travel around the USA and further afield whilst your are on exchange is very easy. Situated on the western trip of Lake Eerie, Toledo is less than a five-hour drive from Toronto and Chicago.

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline where opportunities in the field continuing to develop. Graduates have excellent prospective career paths and we'll ensure that you are fully equipped to take advantage of them.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

You will:
  • Have the opportunity to study in the USA for a year
  • Explore areas of research such as nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial, lung diseases, biotechnology, toxicology and much more
  • Gain the skills needed to take advantage of career opportunities in an expanding field
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Society of Biology accreditation logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a strong interest in both biological and chemical sciences

2.

You have a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field

3.

You want to experience a year studying in the USA

Course details

All about the course

Biochemistry is the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as many chemical and health related industries. Biochemistry is unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the fast expanding field of biotechnology.

This course includes a year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo in Ohio. This exchange programme has been running for over 30 years. The University of Toledo is considered to be a top global player for taking research from the laboratory to the world, and is recognised by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the 22 most beautiful landscaped campuses in the USA.

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline where opportunities in the field continuing to develop. Graduates have excellent prospective career paths and we'll ensure that you are fully equipped to take advantage of them.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree then your degree will have 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology find out more here

Year one

Biological Chemistry

This module introduces the basics of molecular structure and spectroscopy, structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.

Genetics

This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biochemistry.

Introductory Biochemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

Cell Biology

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.

Year two

University of Toledo

In year 2 at the University of Toledo, you will study a range of modules similar to those offered in year 2 of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your first year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo.    

Year three

Research Project and Professional Skills

An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease BSc Hons

This module will study the biochemical origins of the biochemical processes that occur in certain metabolic diseases, and the treatment of some diseases and analytical methodologies through practical experimentation of detecting the diseased state.       

Science and Industry

This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your employability after graduation.

Choose one option from the following

Clinical Immunology

This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, and the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response. It helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Biotechnology

This module encourages an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in industry, and develops your knowledge of a variety of biochemical processes in a range of important industrial applications.

Plus one option from the following

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

This module will introduce you to historical and current developments in cancer biology. You will examine critical signalling pathways that govern neoplastic transformation and how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.

Cell Pathology

This module aims to provide a framework for the development of detailed and specific knowledge of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. You will develop an understanding of theoretical principles and of current and new methodologies for microscopical preparation and analysis of cells and tissues, in order to recognise pathological conditions.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including:

  • Extended projects
  • Site visits
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • Laboratory activities

ASSESSMENT

Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination. Assessment methods include:

  • Research projects
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations
  • Literature reviews
  • Examinations (both closed and open book)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.

facilities

We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

The university hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, our students are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.

Wolfe Hall, at Toledo, provides dedicated equipment and computer software necessary to perform advanced genomic screens, microscopic imaging studies and quantitative gene expression analyses, to name a few. Also located within this facility is a phosphor imager that allows quantitative detection of radioactively labelled samples, and a fast-performance liquid chromatography (FPLC) for specific protein purification approaches.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, as well as in clinical or other biomedical areas such as forensic science and analytical biochemistry. Our graduates are employed across bioscience by companies such as AstraZeneca and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, and many carry on to further study. Additionally, biochemists with knowledge of physiology are in demand in sports science, healthcare and hospitals and in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in research establishments and other areas of bioscience. Others who spend their second year in the US return stateside to complete higher degrees at Toledo or other institutions.

A taste of what you could become

An analytical chemist

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A healthcare scientist

A clinical research associate

And more...

Career Links

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. Recent students have completed placement years at AstraZeneca, Kidscan and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree then your degree will have 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology find out more here

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in both the chemical and biological sciences, and a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 - 120 points

A level

104 - 120 points including a biological discipline and Chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Scottish Highers

104-120 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-120 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

International Baccalaureate

30-31 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019/20 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15240per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

The major additional costs (as of 10 Feb 2016) for the year in Toledo are as follows: 

  1. Flight – in recent years has been between £900 and £1000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return).
  2. Visa – currently $340 (approx. £257); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred.
  3. Health insurance – will vary from one individual to another but probably averages about £500 if purchased in advance.

Housing expenses whilst students are in the USA is approximately the same as the new apartments on campus at Salford.

Most students are able to claim back a reasonable proportion of i-iii above from Student Finance England as a grant: “You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £9.27 of household income over £39,796.” See
https://www.gov.uk/travel-grants-students-england/overview.

Almost all the general fees that Toledo students have to pay are waived. However, there is a small admin fee (approx. £50) that you will have to pay to Toledo upon arrival.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID C702

Institution S03