Modern Biochemistry has a broad remit, covering all aspects of how cells behave. It has also given rise to the new disciplines of Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics, and with them underpins many of the exciting advances being made in medicine and biotechnology today.
The University of Dundee is recognised internationally as one of the leading centres for biochemical research, including areas such as cell signalling, cell and developmental biology, cell division, diabetes and cancer research.
Our teaching is research-led, meaning that the degree programmes benefit from association with research of international standard and its commercial and biomedical applications, and from the active participation of many leading scientists in the field.
One of Dundee’s strong points is the themed laboratory sessions from year one, allowing students to gain vital technical skills. As an advanced entrant, I really enjoyed this, as I felt I was already ‘becoming a scientist’ and it helped me to put theoretical learning from lectures into practice. It also helps you to become comfortable in a lab environment, which I feel is vital if you are undertaking a wet lab project in 3rd and 4th year. The honours project system is fantastic; I was treated as a member of the department and due to my previous years experience from the taught laboratory sessions, felt I was able to contribute to the lab overall whilst carrying out my honours project. I enjoyed the freedom and satisfaction this gave me.
Similarly, Dundee begins to prepare students for a wide variety of scientific careers out with the wet labs, with placements, weekly presentations, peer reviews, lab reports and literature reviews part of the curriculum. The range of module options and projects that students are able to choose from are fantastic, and ensure that there is something to suit everyone’s taste, whilst the core compulsory modules ensure that everyone has a competent level of transferable skills and a basis in basic science and mathematics.
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What are Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology?
Biochemistry involves the study of complex processes in cells and organisms at the molecular level. Molecular genetics is concerned with the structure and function of the genetic material, and molecular biology with the functions of the cell's macromolecules.
The boundaries between Biochemistry and its related disciplines are, however, becoming less distinct. We reflect this by providing a common structure to the degree programmes for these subjects in your first three years of study.
Depending upon your choice of project and taught topics at Level 4 you can graduate with a degree in either Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Molecular Genetics.
Dundee can offer you a range of Level 4 Research Projects in leading laboratories because of its high level of top-rated research activity in these areas.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
Courses starting 2016
Level 1 Entry
|Qualification||Minimum Grade||Typical Grade|
|GCE A-Level||A Levels can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences or for advanced entry into Level 2 (see below), depending on the grades achieved.|
|IB Diploma||IB Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences or for advanced entry into Level 2 (see below), depending on the grades achieved.|
|Essential Subjects||Biology and Chemistry (Higher, ILC Higher) plus Mathematics and Chemistry (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, ILC Ordinary Level at C)|
|EU & International||Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country|
|SQA||A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units|
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6|
|EDEXCEL||BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry|
Advanced Entry (to Level 2)
|SQA Advanced Higher||AB (AH) + BB (H) in different subjects|
|GCE A-Level||Minimum Grade: ABB
Typical Grade: AAB
|IB Diploma||34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)|
|Essential Subjects||Biology and Chemistry (AH or A-Level or IB Higher level) plus Mathematics (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate 2/National 5 at C, GCSE at C, or IB Subsidiary Level at 4)|
|EU & International||Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country|
|SQA||A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)|
|EDEXCEL||A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
There are regular meetings of staff-student liaison committees. While this provides a forum for formal contact, there is also opportunity for informal contact between you and academic staff, whom you will find friendly and approachable.
How you will be taught
We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.
How you will be assessed
All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.
On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.
What you will study
Typical Degree Programme
Levels 1 and 2
All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.
Please refer to the Biological/Biomedical Sciences degree structure and overview webpagefor details of the common curriculum in Levels 1 and 2.
At Level 3 you specialise much more in biochemistry, molecular genetics and molecular biology, and you choose additional subjects that interest you to study alongside your main subject. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the following subject areas:
- DNA structure
- replication and repair
- genome organisation
- regulation of protein function
- molecular genetic and proteomic analysis
- the molecular basis of inherited diseases
- cell structure
- the cytoskeleton
- cell adhesion
- nuclear architecture
- signal transduction
- the regulation of cell growth and division
Summer work placements
Many students take advantage of opportunities for summer work placements, normally between Levels 3 and 4, which are available as externally-funded competitive placements, or as voluntary laboratory work.
Your studies at Level 4 will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.
Advanced study of topics in biochemistry, molecular genetics and molecular biology with additional options chosen from related subject areas such as microbiology and developmental biology. The range of topics that is currently available includes:
- the cell cycle
- eukaryotic gene expression
- genomics & beyond
- cell signalling
- protein structure & function
- single crystal X-ray diffraction
- protein secretion & targeting
- cytoskeletal function
- the molecular biology of infection and immunity
- antibiotic resistance
- virus molecular biology
- bacterial membrane biology
- drug discovery for tropical diseases
- molecular oncology
Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular programme of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.
- Research project - several formats are available including laboratory-based research under the supervision of a leading scientist, computer modelling, multimedia teaching packages, literature and electronic database review.
A degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics or Molecular Biology opens the door to many career options. Graduates in these areas are in great demand in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, biotechnology and healthcare industries, with openings for laboratory work or in the marketing, sales and management areas. Comparable openings can be found in the various agricultural, medical and veterinary research institutes, hospitals and the scientific Civil Service.
Dundee is a rapidly expanding centre for biotechnology with new firms opening and forming links with our biochemists. Work placements are encouraged and provide an exciting taste of the new industries. Many of our students enter areas of employment not directly related to science, often as trainee managers or salespersons.
Some of our students proceed to higher degrees (MSc or PhD) and go on to undertake or supervise original research, and others go on to take a degree in Medicine.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2016|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
Your personal statement should demonstrate an interest in the subject you are applying for and a commitment to the study of that subject. How did your interest in the subject arise, and do you have a particular career path in mind?
You should comment on your participation in both school/college/work and extracurricular activities and on the extent to which they have aided in your personal development and the acquisition of skills that will be of value to you as a life sciences student.
- Do you have an enquiring mind?
- Do you have good analytical skills and problem-solving ability?
- Are you self-motivated and able to work independently?
- Are you a good team player?
- Do you have good communication skills?
If you are planning a gap year, comment on the intended activity and the benefits that you think you are likely to gain from the experience.
Give careful consideration to both the style and content of your personal statement as it can be an indicator of your ability to communicate as well as providing an account of your personal achievements and skills.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Biochemistry BSc (Hons)||C700|
|Apply Now||Molecular Biology (Hons) BSc||C720|
|Apply Now||Molecular Genetics (Hons) BSc||C431|