biochemistry and microbiology undergraduate

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Biochemistry and Microbiology

BSc Honours

This Joint Honours Degree Course, combines the study of Biochemistry with Microbiology, the latter being the study of the smallest living organisms (micro-organisms or microbes) which include viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa. Microbes are a major cause of disease in humans. The course studies the structure, physiology and medical aspects of disease-causing micro-organisms, the role of microbes in the initiation of disease states, and the use of antibiotics and immunological methods in their control. Emphasis is also given to the production by microbes of alcoholic beverages, antibiotics, vaccines, organic acids and other commercially-important products. The course includes material on the control of food poisoning micro-organisms, the role of micro-organisms in biodeterioration, the importance of micro-organisms in environmental recycling of plant and animal matter and their exploitation in environmental biotechnology.

Years 1 and 2 of all the Joint Honours Degrees follow a common core structure which includes Bioscience, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biophysics, Basic and Clinical Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Physiological Basis of Drug Action.

In Years 3 and 4 you will take specialist classes in Biochemistry and Microbiology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Biochemistry or Microbiology in Year 4 and present a dissertation of the work.

Teaching and Assessment
You will have around 240 hours of lectures, tutorials and labs per year in Years 1-3. In the Honours (fourth) Year, you will carry out a research project in one of your specialisations and write this up as a short thesis. Assessment methods include multiple-choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams.

Transfer to MSci
Transfer to the 5th year of MSci biochemistry or MSci microbiology may be possible at the end of the 4th year if a student achieves an average mark of 60% or greater in the 4th year.