biochemistry and pharmacology undergraduate

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Biochemistry and Pharmacology

BSc Honours

This Joint Honours Degree Course, combines the study of Biochemistry with Pharmacology. Biochemistry is the study of the composition, metabolism and function of biological systems at the molecular level. Biochemistry, and the related field Molecular Biology, provide important advances into understanding the molecular basis of life, and how alteration or disruption of these molecular pathways leads to disease processes. Pharmacology is the study of how chemicals affect the functions of the body in health and disease. As a discipline it underpins the development of new or improved medicines within the pharmaceutical industry and the therapeutic management of disease within the health care sector.

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 Pharmacology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Biochemistry or Pharmacology 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 pharmacology 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.