BSc Biochemistry with Study Abroad

UCAS codeC732
Duration4 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
DisciplineBiosciences
Location Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

The degree programme in Biochemistry focuses on understanding the biochemical control of biological processes, particularly in the cell, and the tools for investigating these mechanisms. After a broad first year, this degree focuses on cellular biochemistry providing specialist modules aimed at understanding key topics at the frontiers of cell biology. As you progress through years two and three, a wide choice of biochemistry module options is available.

Our Biochemistry degree leads to career opportuniteis in biotechnological, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well as many further study options, including PhD/MSc/MRes programmes.

This programme is also available as a four-year degree with the third year spent studying at a partner university abroad.

Why study Biochemistry at Exeter?

  • experience teaching graded nationally as ‘Excellent’ with staff who are research leaders
  • work in state-of-the-art learning facilities
  • take the opportunity to study abroad
  • acquire key transferable skills and knowledge
  • carry out challenging independent research
  • graduate with outstanding employment prospects

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in Stages 2 and 4 of the programme as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34

Required subjects

GCE AL Biology and Chemistry, both at grade B; IB Biology and Chemistry HL5. GCSE Maths at grade B and either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Learning and teaching is through lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work, laboratory sessions and independent study with internationally recognised, research-active staff. You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions and issues at the cutting edge of life science research. Regular research seminars, by our staff and visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.

Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and conservation organisations, with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project. Many of our students also work with these organisations during their vacations.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

Academic support

We pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of care and support to our students. You will have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary depending on your choice of modules, but are likely to include examinations and coursework-based assessment.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second, third and fourth years contribute to your final degree classification.

Study abroad

Research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The research revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.

If you choose to take the four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, you have the option to spend your third year abroad, studying in a university with which we have established links: you can find a complete list of International Exchange partner universities on the International Exeter website (click on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences link).

What happens to my marks?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter.

Transferring to a Study Abroad programme

If you are not sure about studying abroad when you apply for your degree, it is possible to apply to transfer to a four-year programme at the end of the first year of a three-year programme. Permission to take part in Study Abroad in all cases will depend on your academic progress and the places available in your chosen country.

Further information

See our Biosciences study abroad page for information about your tuition fees and additional profiles from some of our students who have studied abroad during their Biosciences degrees.

For further information on where you can go and all the issues surrounding study abroad, see the International Exeter website.

* European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014

The experience of studying abroad is one which has always fascinated me. It wasn't until I was boarding my plane to America and saying goodbye to my friends and family for the next 4 months that it finally hit home that I was going! On arrival I was met by the lovely people from the international office and taken to my halls. From then on, every day there got better and better.

Studying marine biology has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and the number of courses offered was incredible. The experiences I had were unparalleled to anything that I have done in England - white water rafting, caving, even afternoons at the famous Myrtle Beach - all as part of my course! Outside of class I met some of the most amazing people and travelled all over the East Coast, spending an especially memorable Thanksgiving in Washington DC. It was without a doubt the best thing I could have done academically and set me in great stead for the second part of my degree.

Carrie-Anna Hurst, Study Abroad student.

I chose to study at Exeter’s Penryn Campus because I liked the field-based curriculum of the Conservation Biology and Ecology courses. My professors have all been very helpful, giving clear and interesting lectures and answering any questions that I or others have had. The Biosciences department in Cornwall has been great at giving hands-on experience and demonstrating how skills will be used in the lab and in the field. I attended a Behaviour and Biodiversity field course in Northern Cyprus where I learned how to handle and mistnet birds. I also worked with a group of undergraduate students to develop and carry out an experiment on flower colour preference of native insects. It has also been very easy to get involved and help with research projects on campus. I have been able to assist postgraduate students by performing surveys for dormouse habitat preference and presence, dissecting and identifying skulls from owl pellets, and by recording data for the Tremough Moth Club.

I have really enjoyed being part of the Exeter student body. I am surrounded by people who share my enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. Also, the societies and clubs on campus have kept my free time filled with exciting new experiences. I have joined societies for international students, the environment, horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, fencing, expeditions, and more. The location of the Penryn Campus is excellent. Falmouth is a vibrant town with great music venues, restaurants, pubs, and loads of fun events throughout the year. I have been able to explore the beautiful coastline by walking and camping with the expedition society or taking a gallop on the beach with the horseback riding society. Falmouth is also great for water sports. Students can easily take a day off from studying to do things like sailing, diving, kayaking, or surfing. I have also loved the field-based Conservation Biology and Ecology course, I was out in the field at least once a week learning new skills. My professors kept the lectures interesting by giving recent research examples and explaining the work that goes on in the labs on campus.

Studying at Exeter has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying abroad.

Anne Winter, University of Southern Mississippi, studying Environmental Biology.

Careers

A degree in Biochemistry will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, team work and organising and communicating information. A number of our students continue their studies in the subject by following a further degree and research in their chosen area, or by training as a teacher. Many of our graduates are employed in discipline relevant roles in the UK and overseas including laboratory-based positions, conservation management, ecology, teaching and nursing. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter widely different career paths in law, business or management. Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Biochemistry degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.

Developing your skills and career prospects

Biosciences provide a range of support and opportunities to help you develop skills that are attractive to employers. Visit our Careers and Employability web page for more information.

Graduate destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Biosciences undergraduate programmes in Exeter. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Phenotyper
Research technician
Associate
Business Development Consultant
Biomedical Support Officer
Senior Clinical Case Manager
Research Associate
Assistant Consultant
Cardiac Scientist
Scientific Officer
The Carbon Trust
NHS
WPA
Ernst and Young LLP
PwC
Oxford Knight
Phillips
Serco
Penman Consulting Ltd
Matrix Knowledge

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Biosciences undergraduate degree in Exeter. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Subject areaInstitution
Food security and sustainable agriculture
Medical sciences
Teacher training
International Management
Molecular neuroscience
Conservation
Ecotoxicology
Bioinformatics
Clinical microbiology
Marine biology
Climate change
Ecology
Fish physiology
Cellular biology
Biosynthesis
Plant science
Cancer research
Cardiac science
Food and nutrition
University of Cambridge
University of Exeter
University of Southampton
University College London
Newcastle University
University of Birmingham
City University London
Cranfield University
Lund University
University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland
University of Bristol
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Manchester

Find out more

Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise the employment prospects of our graduates employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: cles-externalrelations@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818

Website: Visit the Biosciences website