BSc Biochemistry with Study Abroad
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This four-year version of the Biochemistry degree includes a year studying abroad, between the second and final years. In this third year you study in a university with which we have established links, for example in North America or Australia, and credit for this academic work counts towards your degree at Exeter.
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 your final year, a wide choice of biochemistry module options is available.
Our Biochemistry degree leads to career opportunities in biotechnological, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well as many further study options, including PhD/MSc/MRes programmes.
- 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 explores aspects of cellular biochemistry providing specialist modules aimed at understanding key topics at the frontiers of cell biology
- This degree leads to career opportunities in biotechnological, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well as many further study options, including PhD, MSc or MRes programmes
Gives a firm foundation for your degree with modules in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, organic and inorganic chemistry. Options available in physical chemistry and plant biology.
In addition to biochemistry, organic chemistry and cell biology, you will choose three optional modules in subjects ranging from biological chemistry through medical and general microbiology to evolutionary biology.
Study Abroad year
Put your analytical and experimental skills to use through a research project around the core topics of Horizons in Biochemical Research and Energy Metabolism. Optional modules cover biochemistry, molecular cell biology and biological chemistry.
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.
Entry requirements 2020
GCE A-levels: Biology grade A and Chemistry grade A
IB: Biology HL6 and Chemistry HL6.
BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE A-level Biology at grade A and GCE A-level Chemistry at grade A.
GCSEs: Grade C or 4 in English Language, Grade B or 5 in Mathematics and Grade C or 4 in either Double Award Science or Chemistry.
International students should check details of our English language requirements.
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
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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.
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 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.
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. We have over 30 partner institutions around the globe; 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 may be 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.
See our study abroad information on the Biosciences Current Students page for information about your tuition fees and additional information 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 Study Abroad website.
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, Study Abroad student.
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 Biosciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.
Supporting your career in Biosciences
Each year Biosciences students are able to access a huge range of opportunities to support their future career options. Recent events have included career insights with visiting alumni, mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni, postgraduate routes with a Biosciences degree, the Life and Environmental Sciences Careers Fair, and nature and conservation training courses.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Biosciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Blue Frog Media
- Cancer Research UK
- Cardiff University
- Civil Service
- Consilium Strategic Communications
- Department for International Trade
- Devon County Council
- Ernst and Young
- Frontera London HayMarket Media Group
- Hazlewoods LLP
- Mars UK
- Southwest Pathology Services
- System Analytic
- The Pirbright Institute
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- University of Exeter
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Account Executive
- Assistant Tutor
- Assurance Associate
- Brand Activation Executive
- Business Development Consultant
- Cardiac Physiologist
- Civil Service Fast Stream Graduate
- Clinical Exercise Specialist
- Communications and Marketing Executive
- Development Chemist
- HR Advisor
- Management Consultant
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Research Technician
- Scientific Officer
- Social Media Risk Consultant
- Software Engineer
- Trainee Accountant
- Transportation Planner
- Waste Management Support Officer
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Biosciences undergraduate degree. 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) Surveys 2016/17.
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MBBS Medicine
- MPhil Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
- MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
- MSc by Research in Computational Biology
- MSc by Research: Clinical Veterinary Science
- MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
- MSc Conservation and Biodiversity
- MSc Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- MSc Environmental Science (Chemistry, Toxicology and Health)
- MSc Human Nutrition
- MSc Immunology MSc in Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)
- MSc in Finance
- MSc in Global Health & Social Justice
- MSc in Marine Environmental Management
- MSc in Molecular Neuroscience
- MSc in Science Communication
- MSc Marketing
- MSc Physiotherapy
- MSc Reproduction and Development
- PGCE Biology Secondary
- PhD in Biological Science
- PhD in Oncology
The University of Exeter also has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.