Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life. Students are taught all aspects of modern biochemistry including biological chemistry, metabolism, cell biology, molecular genetics, microbiology, structural biology and immunology.
Experimentation is central to all aspects of biochemistry and so you are trained in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.
In the second and third years you focus on the use of biochemistry in understanding human disease, biophysical techniques used in understanding biological processes and the relationship between protein structure and function.Year in industry / research
You may be offered the chance to take a year outside King's between your second and final year, working in an industrial or research establishment in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. This extramural year provides relevant work experience and often improves your choice of job opportunities after graduation.
ABOUT THE Department of Biochemistry
Our graduates follow diverse career paths, reflecting the diversity of specialisation possible in the final year.
Approximately one third stay in academic or industrial research, most pursuing postgraduate degrees; increasing numbers are now turning to graduate-entry medicine or dentistry and many enter a variety of professional and business careers, some not directly within science but for which the basic skills of a rigorous scientific education are becoming increasingly attractive to employers.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Hospice Assistant, a Hospice
• Junior Business Analyst, Haymarket Consumer Media
• Paralegal, Legal company
• Research Administrator, King’s College London
Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory
work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to
university life towards self-directed learning.
After the Common Year One shared by all BSc biomedical science students, in the second year you will study metabolism, protein structure, molecular and cell biology and select some optional modules to reflect your own interests. In the third year there is an opportunity to specialise further in biochemistry or molecular genetics and to pursue laboratory and/or library-based projects in areas of current biomedical research.
Three factors underpin your learning: first, it is increasingly research-based, so you learn not just the facts but in addition develop the ability to test hypotheses and evaluate evidence; second, since the department is embedded within one of the largest, and most highly rated, medical schools in the country, a medical perspective pervades much of the teaching; and finally, you will be explicitly encouraged to apply your scientific understanding to wider issues facing society.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each academic year, with
increasing weight given to later years of study. First-year students have mid-sessional tests in most first semester modules in January. Increasing importance is being given to
coursework which takes the form of tutorials, workshops, essays, seminars and practical class reports.
As a large multi-faculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a
key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.
Year in industry/research
You may be offered the chance to take an additional extramural year outside King’s,
between your second and final year, working in an industrial or research establishment
in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. This greatly expands both your work and research experience, and often improves your choice of job opportunities after graduation.
King's College London
Guy's and Waterloo Campuses
Year of entry 2014