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Biochemistry MSci

UCAS code: C701

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Four Years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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.

Key benefits

  • Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education
  • 95% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019)
  • 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
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The MSci in Biochemistry is excellent. I was given the opportunity to experience life as a research scientist through the stimulating learning environment.

Sharon, Biochemistry MSci

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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; and Pharmacology. 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. 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; John Hopkins University. You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option. 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.

Base campuses

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry and Biology
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Subjects must include Biology and Chemistry. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

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

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

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.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include tests, reports, essays and presentations.  Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark.

Study 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

  • John Hopkins University

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.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits each year. 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.

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

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Research Project Co-ordinators
  • Food Scientists
  • Company Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Scientific Copy Editors

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 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

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • 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

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.   If you choose the 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 for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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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; and Pharmacology. 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. 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; John Hopkins University. You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option. 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.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry and Biology
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

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.

Subjects must include Biology and Chemistry. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

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

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

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.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include tests, reports, essays and presentations.  Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark.

Study 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

  • John Hopkins University

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.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits each year. 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.

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

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Research Project Co-ordinators
  • Food Scientists
  • Company Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Scientific Copy Editors

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 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

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • 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

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.   If you choose the 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 for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. NB: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Four Years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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