On this course, you gain knowledge of the fundamentals of biochemistry before specialising in areas that reflect your career interests. For example, you may choose modules in analytical biochemistry or tailor your course for a career as a cellular molecular biochemist. You will cover a variety of topics and develop skills essential to your career as a biochemist. As well as studying the traditional areas of biochemistry, you study • human physiology and anatomy • cell biology and microbiology • molecular biology • plant biotechnology • pharmacology • bioremediation • human genetics • advanced analytical chemistry and applied biochemistry. This course scored 95% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey. The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two. **Placements and work experience** You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year three. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time on placement, such as during summer. This shorter placement can still contribute to your degree. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as • Reckitt Benckiser • GlaxoSmithKline • AstraZeneca • the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals. **Our laboratories** At least 20% of your time is spent in our well-equipped laboratories learning the latest skills and techniques. You learn the latest techniques in cellular, molecular and analytical science using equipment which replicates that found in industry. Our laboratories are equipped with industry-standard equipment. You have access to • a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer • state of the art mass spectrometry equipment • cell culture suites consisting of laminar flow hoods and incubators • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as HPLC and GC • real-time PCR equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis Our cell culture suite won an S-lab award for the best refurbished laboratory in 2011. The S-lab scheme is sponsored by highly regarded scientific organisations including the national HE-STEM programme, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry. **Professional recognition** **Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biochemistry** This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level. **Graduates of MSci Biochemistry** This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.