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Biochemistry MSci

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Overview

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life and our Biochemistry MSci course will expose you to all areas of modern biochemistry.

You will gain detailed knowledge of all the major areas of biochemistry research and acquire the practical experience needed to begin a career in a scientific research environment. The skills and behaviours you will develop will also be valuable in launching a career in a wide variety of scientific and commercial fields. You will also enjoy the opportunity to study abroad during your second year.

Studying a Biomedical Science degree with us means that you will be able to enjoy the flexibility to choose your degree after your first year with our Common Year One curriculum. All Biomedical Science disciplines are covered in the first year, making the decision for your future an informed one.

You will be able to choose from the following Biomedical science degrees; Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BScBiochemistry BScBiomedical Science BScMedical Physiology BScMolecular Genetics BScMolecular Genetics MSciNeuroscience BScNeuroscience MSciPharmacology BSc, and Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics BSc.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad during your second year.

Key benefits

  • Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education
  • 93% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018)
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers
  • One of the UK's best graduate employment rates
  • Contemporary approach based on our history of pioneering discoveries – including our part in identifying the structure of DNA
  • Career opportunities through overseas study, or to switch to a a three-year BSc.

Key information

UCAS code C701

Duration 4 years FT

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Biochemistry School of Basic & Medical Biosciences

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Description

On our Biochemistry MSci course you will study all areas of modern biochemistry including: biological chemistry, structural biology and biophysics, metabolism, cell biology, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, immunology and microbiology. Biochemistry is a subject in which practical skills and the capacity to experiment are vital. On our MSci course, alongside your theoretical learning, you will also be trained in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation, particularly in the final year which focuses on these skills.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year 1’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In your second and third years you will focus on applications of biochemistry for understanding human disease, the biochemical and biophysical techniques used in understanding biological processes and the relationship between protein structure and function. In Year 2 you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Your fourth year will focus on training in research project design and the presentation skills essential for a career in research. Finally you will spend six months conducting an independent and original research project in one of our laboratories.

Teaching

Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning & teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Year 1

 25%

 75%

 -

Year 2

 30%

 70%

 -

Year 3

 39%

 61%

 -

Year 4

 55%

 45%

 -

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical observation

Course stage

Percentage of assessment by written exams

Percentage of assessment by practical exams

Percentage of assessment by coursework

Year 1

78%

5%

17%

Year 2

63%

 -

37%

Year 3

51%

5%

44%

Year 4

 -

18%

82% 

 

Studying abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.  

Location

This course is primarily taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 480 credits.

This is flexible four-year degree course based on a combination of required and optional modules. There are opportunities to revert to our Biochemistry BSc course, and to study overseas for Year 2.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences (15 credits)
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Physiology & Anatomy (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Skills for the Biosciences (15 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities. See the course description for more information.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Gene Cloning & Expression A (15 credits)
  • Metabolism (15 credits)
  • Protein Structure & Function (15 credits)
  • Cell Biology A (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Experimental Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Gene Cloning & Expression B (15 credits)
  • Human & Molecular Genetics (15 or 30 credits)
  • Principles of Bioinformatics (15 credits)
  • Immune System in Health & Disease (15 credits)
  • Medical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Tissue Pathology (15 credits)
  • Neuroscience (30credits)
  • Essentials of Embryology (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology & Reproduction (15 credits)
  • Psychology (15 credits)
  • Drug Discovery & Development (15 credits)
  • Social Impact of the Biosciences  (15 credits)
  • A maximum of one modern language module (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Protein Structure & Design (15 credits)

You are also required to conduct one of the following research projects:

  • Molecular Biology Practical Project (30 credits) and a Library project (15 credits)
  • Extended Research Project (45 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Molecular Basis of Human Disease (15 credits)
  • Advanced Biophysical Techniques (15 credits)
  • Oxidative Stress in Experimental Pathology (15 or 30 credits)
  • Biomedical Diagnostics (15 credits)
  • Molecular Immunology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Molecular Genetics (15 credits)
  • Molecular Genetics of Model Organisms (15 credits)
  • Medical Genetics (15 credits)
  • Epigenetics (15 credits)
  • Biology of Cancer (30 credits)
  • Cell Physiology (15 credits)
  • Endocrinology of Diabetes (15 credits)
  • Muscle (15 credits)
  • Mechanisms of Development (30 credits)
  • Drug Safety & Toxicology (30 credits)
  • Viruses & Diseases (15 or 30 credits)
  • Modules from across the School of Bioscience Education
  • A maximum of one modern language module (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Techniques in Molecular Science (15 credits)
  • Project Design in Biochemistry (15 credits)
  • Biochemistry Research Skills (30 credits)
  • Biochemistry Research Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 4.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Chemistry and Biology

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include grade A in Chemistry and Biology.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including 15 credits in Chemistry and 15 credits in Biology), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in Chemistry and Biology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme. Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme. Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme. Please check our entry requirements for the BSc programme. Note that students on the BSc programme have the opportunity to switch to the MSci at the end of year two, subject to achieving the required academic standards.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in both Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and Biology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities: We hope to attract applicants who participate in any scholastic activity, e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We hope to attract applicants who have participated in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment.

General: We hope to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, music and the arts in general. Any participation is valued and any achievement in extra-curricula activities will be particularly recognised. King’s aspires to attract applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes. 
Are all applicants interviewed? No. We only interview applicants if we feel the need to gather more information about their educational background and how it has prepared them for study at King’s.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS form. 
What form does it take? Interviews last between 20 and 30 minutes and are Chaired by the Admissions Tutor and one other member of academic staff. 
What is considered at interview? Your personal statement and academic performance to date will be explored.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

If you choose to study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not

be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an

invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • college approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from the School of Bioscience Education are equipped with a variety of transferable skills including data gathering, analysis and interpretation, presentation skills and teamwork. Graduates from the MSci often pursue a PhD in order to enter a career in research or industry.  

Career destinations

Our graduates are also well-qualified to undertake a wide range of careers.Recent graduates have also found employment as:

  • research project co-ordinators
  • food scientists
  • company managers
  • business analysts
  • scientific copy editors.

Others have continued to study in medicine, dentistry and other related fields.

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