Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 26/09/2014
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Biochemistry Full-time
Programme Code 7146
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme To enable students to acquire knowledge and transferable skills in Biochemistry that equip them for useful employment within and beyond the biosciences and in particular to provide training and learning opportunities which prepare them for careers in research or other areas where there is a need to be fully aware of research methodologies and philosophy. To offer a sound basic training in scientific methods by means of courses that flourish because of cross-fertilization between teaching and research. To provide a course structure that allows students to delay their ultimate choice of specialisation as late as possible and switch effectively to related areas of biological, medical or biotechnological science as interests mature or change. The fourth year will provide in-depth training in research skills and methodologies and an extended opportunity to experience research in an appropriate area of Biochemistry at first hand.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The fundamental biological principles at the heart of biochemistry including cell biology, genetics, enzymes, metabolism, physiology and development
The fundamental chemical principles and concepts including: inorganic, organic and physical chemistry of relevance to students of biochemistry
Genetic engineering, proteins and enzymes, biomembranes and bioenergetics, metabolism and cellular regulation at a more advanced level
A range of related biosciences disciplines such as, microbiology, molecular cell biology, medical biochemistry and genetics chosen to give the background and knowledge relevant to the students┬┐ specialised areas on interest
A specialist knowledge reflecting our current understanding of biochemistry in selected areas and the evidence on which it is based
Research methodology in the biosciences and how to apply it to a specific problem in biochemistry
Lectures, practical classes, workshops, tutorials, optional modules, guided reading, research seminars, extended research project, independent study
Written examinations and continuous assessment (including course tests, practical reports, data handling problem sheets, essays and presentations), extended project report, oral presentation, seminar summaries, reports of core concepts courses; extended project report with in-depth literature search and presentation and analysis of results
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to integrate theoretical concepts and to demonstrate synthesis of ideas and critical analysis of evidence
Analytical numerical and problem solving skills which they can apply in a wide range of situations
The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
Use Information Technology to obtain information and analyse data
Ability to work effectively in the research environment showing self motivation and the ability to work as part of a team
Skills components embedded in all modules, skills modules including maths, IT, laboratory skills and understanding scientific literature; essay writing and presentation skills via tutorials; extended research project; participation in team building residential course
Continuous assessment (including oral presentations, data handling problem sheets, essays, literature comprehension exercise), extended research project report and oral presentation