Summary: Biochemistry brings together biology and chemistry to look at processes at molecular level, and is relevant to a range of disciplines including genetics, microbiology, forensics, plant science and medicine. Course details: This course includes an integrated foundation year – ideal if you need additional preparation in the fundamental sciences and/or if you don’t have sufficient tariff points to join Year 1 of the degree directly. Apart from the foundation year, the remainder of this degree is identical to the programme BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and leads to the same level award. This course will be of particular interest if you want to develop your knowledge and skills in subjects such as biotechnology, molecular biology, biomedical sciences and analytical techniques currently used by the industry, particularly the pharmaceutical and drug discovery sectors. It takes you on a journey of studying chemical compounds and reactions occurring in the cells of living organisms including the molecular and biochemical analysis of life processes. It makes you appreciate how different macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids) interact to create life. You learn how gene expression is controlled and how it brings diversity in life, what goes wrong that causes metabolic diseases, how modern genetic tools such as CRISPR and stem cells are at the cusp of bringing revolution in gene therapy and healthcare. You also learn about microbiology, microbial diversity and how we counter infectious diseases. You are introduced to concepts such as drug resistance and its development. Through a carefully curated seminar series you are updated on cutting-edge research. Graduates with a few years’ experience can expect to earn around £45,000 – £50,000 a year. Employers include hospitals, agriculture, food industry, education, cosmetics and the pharmaceutical sector. After the course: The UK is home to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and food companies. Biochemists work in areas such as research, product development, quality assurance and analytical science, marketing and sales within these sectors and in specialist roles in the hospital. Biochemistry had underpinned cutting-edge research for quite sometime now. They have the highest proportion of Nobel Prizes awarded to people in the category of chemistry and medicine. Teesside University takes advantage of its unique positioning and close proximity to institutions such as the James Cook University Hospital, Centre for Process Innovation and biopharmaceutical manufacturers such as Fujifilm Diosynth and Cobra. You have the opportunity to spend one year learning and developing your skills through work experience. A dedicated work placement officer and the University's award-winning careers service help you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking. Employers are often invited to our School to meet you and present you with opportunities for work placements. By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also obtain the transferable skills required in any professional environment. Transferable skills include communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure and commercial awareness. Throughout this course, you get to know prospective employers and extend your professional network. An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's preselection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.