What will I learn?

Our BSc Biochemistry and Genetics course allows you to study these two highly complementary subjects that are fundamental to biotechnology and medicine. You’ll learn about proteins, enzymes, hormones and receptors, the structure and expression of genes, inheritance and mutations. We’ll also introduce you to how biochemistry and genetics can be applied to the major challenges affecting humanity today, from understanding and treating a range of diseases such as cancer, to how we feed a global population, and how new drugs are designed.All of our students take compulsory modules designed to give you specialist knowledge of biochemistry and genetics, whilst also introducing you to microbiology and molecular biology. As you progress through your degree and discover what you’re passionate about, optional modules will allow you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth, specialise in one area, keep your interests broad, or even switch to another degree programme within the molecular biosciences.In your first year you’ll spend six hours in the lab each week learning the practical skills and knowledge that every bioscientist needs including how to establish bacterial cultures, assess bioenergetics and perform gene cloning. Analysis classes will equip you with the skills you’ll use outside the lab from interacting with your data to interpreting your findings. Your lectures will give you a broad understanding of the molecular biosciences, allowing you to explore what you’re most interested in.In your second year you’ll begin learning more advanced scientific techniques both in the lab and in lectures with topics including experimental design, genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and protein purification. You’ll continue to take analysis classes to develop your data handling skills further and you can choose to study modules like “Molecules to Market”, allowing you to work in teams to come up with pioneering science enterprise ideas to launch a virtual business. In your third year you’ll complete an extended research project in an area of molecular bioscience that interests you either in the lab or in wider society, alongside your chosen specialist modules. Depending on your interests and career goals you can choose a project from: experimental science, clinical diagnostics, industrial biotechnology, molecular systems and computing, science communication or education and outreach.Biochemistry graduates are well equipped for jobs in universities, research institutes, businesses, the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and the growing biotechnology industry in order to begin their scientific careers. With a variety of key transferable skills that employers are looking for, including teamwork skills, critical thinking, and how to present effectively, graduates are also well equipped to pursue roles outside of bioscience, from IT and business management, to finance and accounting, to events management and teaching.If you want to study biochemistry and genetics, but don't meet the entry requirements to go straight into the first year, our Biosciences with Foundation Year could be for you. After successfully completing the one-year programme, you'll progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.

Which department am I in?

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£23,750.00 (US$ 31,048) per year
This is a provisional fee yet to be approved

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Main Site

Western Bank,

Sheffield,

S10 2TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: US High School Diploma and Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS; Our undergraduate entry requirements for students from the USA are as follows: A High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0+; PLUS three Subject tests – these can be a combination of Advanced Placement Tests (APs) and/or SAT Subject Tests in relevant subjects. APs in relevant subjects with grades 4/5; SAT Subject Tests in relevant subject with a test score of 600/650*; *We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis; Other Qualifications - Holders of an Undergraduate Associate Degree at a two year Community College in the USA will be considered for direct admission to the first year of undergraduate programmes; International Baccalaureate - International Baccalaureate diploma holders will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes. Applicants wishing to transfer from a regular undergraduate four year bachelors degree program in the USA will be considered for the first or second year of undergraduate degree programmes. Applicants will be required to have a high overall current GPA and high grades in relevant individual subject areas. Undergraduate applicants are required to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6 or equivalent.

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About this uni

Russell Group member, Sheffield, is a world top 100 university (QS 2020) and among the top 50 most international universities in the world (THE 2019).

  • Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world
  • Member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group
  • Number 1 Students’ Union in the UK
  • Number 1 in the north of England for graduate employability