The centrepiece of the Biochemistry MSci is an extended research project that allows you to develop in-depth expertise in your area of specialism and acquire the skills required to embark on a research career. Like our related BSc programme, the MSci programme covers all the major aspects of biochemistry, with an emphasis on cutting edge research. The first two years of the MSci are identical to the BSc. In year one, you will study biochemistry and biological chemistry, and choose from a wide selection of optional units. As a second year student you will study biochemistry, molecular genetics, and another unit of your choice. You will also receive training in transferable and employability skills. In your third year you will learn about a range of advanced topics in biochemistry and cell biology, and participate in a laboratory-based research training unit where you will develop the skills needed to define and solve research problems. This prepares you for a research-intensive fourth year, where you will spend up to 16 weeks on an individual research project under the supervision of one of our research group leaders. A 'Science and Society' unit will help you understand the context in which scientific research is undertaken, and you will complete your studies by choosing two advanced options from Synthetic Biology, Cell Biology of Development and Disease, and Protein Assemblies and Molecular Machines.