A biochemistry-based undergraduate degree normally lasts 3 years (or 4 years in Scotland), during which you will aquire knowledge and skills that you will build on throughout your career. Some universities offer degrees with a built-in Master's course, year in industry or year abroad, which can take longer.
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.
Biochemistry degrees typically include topics such as:
- cell biology and signalling
- genetics and DNA
- structure and function of molecules
- proteins and membranes
- microbiology and viruses
- disease mechanisms
Studying biochemistry provides many transferable skills such analytical skills, communication, research, problem solving, numerical skills, written skills, observational skills, planning, team work, organizational skills, computational skills… good preparation for any career.
Which degree is right for you? Here are some other things to consider when choosing your degree.
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