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Medical Biochemistry

BSc
  • UCAS code C741
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

All living things function and operate as a result of chemical processes. Medical Biochemistry at Royal Holloway, University of London helps to provide an understanding of these essential chemical processes, exploring the molecular basis of disease.

Pursue your passion for Medical Biochemistry at Royal Holloway and work towards joining the ranks of scientists striving to develop new methods of disease prevention and treatment.

You’ll study in our state-of-the-art Department of Biological Sciences, featuring cutting-edge technology including mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and gene and protein sequencing equipment.

The flexible degree course lets you tailor your learning in years 2 and 3, selecting from a variety of optional courses ranging from Microbiology to Pharmacology and Toxicology and Biology of Parasitic Diseases to Molecular and Medical Microbiology.

Learn how to make clinical diagnoses of diseases in a course taught by health professionals from local hospitals, and become a part of our renowned research culture in your year 3 lab-based independent research project. Many of our former students have contributed to published scientific papers.

The skills and experience you’ll gain as a Medical Biochemistry student will make you a highly attractive candidate to employers in a variety of sectors. You’ll gain laboratory experience across all three years and receive a grounding in physiology, genetics and microbiology as well as biochemistry for medicine. Our alumni have gone on to careers in fields including forensic medicine, biotechnology and medical research.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • Gain Laboratory experience across all three years of study
  • Learn how to make clinical diagnosis of diseases from health professionals from local hospitals
  • Understand the importance of biochemistry in medicine
  • Develop your knowledge of fundamental biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and genetics
  • Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to-student ratio.
96%

of our graduates are employed or go on to further study within six months of graduating.

Source: DLHE, 2018

76%

of Biological Sciences research rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Source: REF, 2014

94%

overall student satisfaction.

Source: NSS, 2019

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