A Biochemistry-based undergraduate degree normally lasts 3 years (or 4 years in Scotland), during which you will learn all the basic knowledge and skills you will then build on throughout your career. Some universities offer degrees with a built-in Masters course, year in industry or year abroad, which can last 4 or more years.
The focus of a Biochemistry degree is on learning lab techniques and analyzing the lab data in reports afterwards, as well as learning background knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and IT. Although it will specialise slightly towards a single field in the second and third years of study, at some universtities you can switch between similar courses (Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Bioscience) after the first year, and all provide you with the key skills you will need to work in the fields of molecular biosciences.
Other subjects that most Biochemistry degrees cover include:
Cell biology and signalling, genetics and DNA, structure and function of molecules, enzymology, proteins and membranes, microbiology and viruses, disease mechanisms, and metabolism.
One of the key benefits of studying Biochemistry, or any science subject, is the transferable skills you will learn, such as analytical skills, and numeracy and maths. More information about the skills you will develop during your studies can be seen on the Future Morph website.
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