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Undergraduate study

Biological Sciences 2019/20


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Welcome to Biological Sciences Welcome to Biological Sciences here at the University of Huddersfield. We’re a dynamic and innovative teaching and research environment within the School of Applied Sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our tutors care about what you achieve. In fact, we are the UK’s only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.* We’re also a TEF Gold rated university and the winner of the first Global Teaching Excellence Award.** We have specialist and modern scientific labs for you to learn about many aspects of biological sciences including the complex interactions of biological molecules,

physical and chemical functions of tissues and organs and how various organisms interact with their environment. Our Biological Sciences courses with one year Research Placements have Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology, which provides you with industry-wide recognition regarding the quality of your qualification. Our main goal is to enthuse you about your subject and provide you with the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to enable you to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career after you graduate. Dr Shamus Burns Course Leader

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time. **Higher Education Academy 2017.

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Pave the way for a research career, further study or a job in industry with our Biological Sciences degrees.

Study with us My placement year was really rewarding and has helped me to decide to go into cancer research. Eleanor Cawthorne, Biochemistry with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

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Check this out! 100% In the subject area of Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry we scored 100% for student satisfaction.***

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Our Biological Sciences courses with one year Research Placements have Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology.

The UK’s only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

It’s vast, it’s fascinating and it’s about every single living thing on the planet. Subjects don’t come much more fundamental than biological sciences. We’re talking about the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution and taxonomy. So if you want to think big – often about some microscopic things – this could be the subject choice for you.

Our Biological Sciences courses with one-year Research Placements also have Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. We’re one of only 22 Higher Education Providers in the UK who can offer you that.** So if you’re looking for a truly worthwhile course that demonstrates your abilities to potential employers, our range of biological sciences courses could have the right choice for you.

We’ll give you the chance to come at your subject from just about every angle. Genetics, cell biology, biochemistry. You’ll be able to find out about cloning, sequencing and modifying genes. So if you fancy yourself as a DNA fingerprinter or a cuttingedge research scientist, you’ll get to experiment with some of the most exciting 21st Century scientific disciplines and equipment.

Our staff have expertise in academia from a wide range of disciplines within biological sciences. Across the department there’s a strong interdisciplinary focus, with staff working across different areas. Depending on what you study, you may be able to interact with students from other sciences to spark ideas and further your thinking. In your second and final years you’ll also be able to use Labster, innovative technology that gets you involved in interactive lab simulations via gamification.

Sounds practical rather than theoretical? You’re right. We give you the chance to focus on real life applications, finding molecular and cellular explanations for processes that help with medical diagnosis, treatments and cures. You’ll also be given the opportunity to go on a year’s research or industrial placement. So you can put your theory into practice and put a chosen career under the microscope.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time. **Royal Society of Biology (www.rsb.org.uk) at 12.10.17 ***National Student Survey 2017

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Graduates employed from this subject

Biochemistry BSc(Hons)

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C700 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry, plus C in another relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in Chemistry at A Level, plus C in another relevant Science subject. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** LinkedIn.

From unlocking stem cell therapies and overcoming cancer and dementia to revolutionising computers and developing advanced materials – biochemical research has the capacity to make a huge impact on life on this planet. Career opportunities span a wide range of industries, as well as opening up potential for further study, so no matter where you set your sights for the future, signing up to study Biochemistry BSc(Hons) at Huddersfield is your first step on the journey. During the course you’ll get a grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and biochemistry. As you progress through your studies with us you’ll have the chance to explore more advanced topics such as macromolecular structure and gene cloning, choosing some modules to help tailor your degree. As a student on the course you’ll be eligible for undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK) and you’ll be able to register as an associate member of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

You’ll be taught by academics through lectures, seminars and lab sessions. Beyond the theory, you’ll be able to get hands-on experience using modern scientific instruments in our specialist biological science labs. In your third year you’ll have the option to put your knowledge to the test and gain vital experience in the real world on a work placement in industry or research. All along the way, we’ll support you to develop the insight and skills that could give you the edge when you graduate, boosting your employability and laying the foundations for a fulfilling career. Previous students from this course have gone on to work for organisations such as the NHS, GlexoSmithKline and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd.***

Reece Dowling graduated from Biochemistry BSc(Hons) in 2016 and is now an MSc student at the University of Montreal, Canada “My placement at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is the best memory from my time at University because I was able to perform real cancer research for which I was published as a co-author on a research paper. The chance to undertake a placement year is an invaluable experience.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C701 Duration: 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry and one other relevant Science subject. BTEC and UCAS points not applicable. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19. Additional criteria: GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** Following two additional years of professional practice (this requires three additional years of professional practice from a non-accredited degree).

Biochemistry with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

From unlocking stem cell therapies and overcoming cancer and dementia to revolutionising computers and developing advanced materials – biochemical research has the capacity to make a huge impact on life on this planet. Our Biochemistry with Research Placement BSc(Hons) course could be your key to becoming part of this groundbreaking industry. As a student on the course you’ll be eligible for undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and you’ll be able to register as an associate member of The Royal Society of Chemistry. In addition, this version of the Biochemistry BSc(Hons) course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and when you complete the degree successfully you can apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB).***

The degree is based on the same framework as Biochemistry BSc(Hons), so during the course you’ll get a grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and biochemistry. As you progress through your studies you’ll have the chance to explore more advanced topics such as macromolecular structure and gene cloning, choosing some modules to help tailor your degree. You’ll be taught by academics through lectures, seminars and sessions using modern scientific instruments in our specialist biological science labs. All along the way, we’ll support you to develop the insight and skills that could give you the edge when you graduate.

Accreditation This course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. On successful completion of this degree you’ll receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Society of Biology***

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C100 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

Biological Sciences BSc(Hons)

Biological Sciences is a fascinating subject area and it’s related to our everyday existence. It studies life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution and taxonomy. From the growth and division of simple bacteria through to the evolution, development, growth and adaptation of complex multi-cellular organisms, and the emerging role of genomics in personalised medicine and biodiversity in a changing world. On our Biological Sciences degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study core topics and consider contemporary issues in all major aspects of biology. Optional choices in each year of your course provide you with opportunities to specialise further in core areas of molecular cell biology, organismal biology, and ecology and environmental biology. Or alternatively, you can vary your choice of optional modules to keep your coverage of the biological sciences broad.

All the while, your learning will be supported by doctoral-level academics with expertise or active research interests in diverse areas of biology and genetics, including cancer pharmacology, ancient and modern patterns of human migration, environmental and evolutionary microbiology, novel antimicrobials, and the cell biology of human disease. Throughout the course you’ll receive hands-on practical training in the laboratory using modern equipment, developing the skills and interests that help to prepare you for a research dissertation in the final year. As a further boost for your CV and employment prospects there’s also the opportunity of a placement year in industry or research in the third year of the course. You may also want to become a student affiliate member of learned societies such as The Royal Society of Biology. Irrespective of whether your aspirations lie with lab, field, industry, policy or elsewhere, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills and position yourself towards a wide variety of careers open to graduates in biological sciences in roles such as Research Scientist, Scientific Technician, Teacher, Scientific Writer and Microbiology Trainer, or you may want to go on to study towards a postgraduate qualification.

** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this course

100%* Key information: UCAS code: C1C7 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** LinkedIn.

Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons)

From developing effective vaccines to bringing about advances in DNA forensics, molecular and cellular biology has been behind many modern scientific breakthroughs. If you have a passion for biology, an enquiring mind and you’re looking for a course that could set you up for a broad range of careers in industry or academia, then this could be just the course for you. Studying on our Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons) degree you’ll be able to get a well-rounded introduction to biological sciences. Covering topics across biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, you’ll have the chance to build your understanding of the molecular explanations for life processes. During the course, you’ll be taught by academics with doctoral-level expertise in their subject areas through a combination of lectures, in-depth tutorials and sessions in our modern biological sciences labs. Here, you’ll get to use the kind of scientific instrumentation you’ll find in industry and have the chance to develop practical skills that will stand you

in good stead wherever your career path takes you. As a student on the course you’ll be eligible for undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK). In your third year, we’ll give you the opportunity to take a work placement where you could gain valuable experience and start to apply the knowledge you’re acquiring on the course to dynamic real-world projects and situations. It’s all designed to help you stand out from the crowd and boost your employability once you graduate. Previous students from this course have gone on to work for organisations such as ProPharma Group, Novartis Vaccines and Astra Zeneca.***

April Foster, Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons), placement with the University of Manchester “The lab I worked in specialised in research of hair disorders, skin neuroendocrinology, and the science and applications of stem cells residing in the skin. My placement helped me to vastly progress, not only in the lab, but also in presentation and general workplace skills. I was able to travel to other countries to attend and present at conferences and meet researchers from across the world.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C1C8 Duration: 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry and one other relevant Science subject. BTEC and UCAS points not applicable. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19. Additional criteria: GCSEs in English Language and Maths at 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** Following two additional years of professional practice (this requires three additional years of professional practice from a non-accredited degree).

Biology (Molecular and Cellular) with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

This course follows the same framework as our Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons) degree. Where it differs is that this version of the course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. Your third year work placement will be in a research setting and on successful completion of the degree you’ll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB). On this course you’ll be able to get a well-rounded introduction to biological sciences. Covering topics across biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, you’ll have the chance to build your understanding of the molecular explanations for life processes. As you progress, you’ll get to delve deeper into the subjects you’re interested in by choosing from a list of optional modules. It’s all designed to help you stand out from the crowd and boost your employability once you graduate.

During the course, you’ll be taught by academics with doctoral-level expertise in their subject areas through a combination of lectures, in-depth tutorials and sessions in our modern biological sciences labs. Here, you’ll have the chance to use scientific instrumentation and develop invaluable practical skills. As a student on the course you’ll be eligible for undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK).

Accreditation This course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. On successful completion of this degree you’ll receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Society of Biology***

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

Biomedicine

Key information: UCAS code: C1B2 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year

Society is coming to terms with the issues associated with an ageing population. Underpinning the study of common diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer is biomedicine. On this course, you’ll have the chance to delve into how bodily functions at a cellular, tissue and whole body level change during these chronic diseases. You’ll also be able to consider how biomedicine can assist with healthy ageing.

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Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

BSc(Hons)

In addition to learning about these key chronic diseases, you’ll have the opportunity to study the biology of common and rare genetic disorders as well as infectious diseases in temperate and tropical climates.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by academics with doctoral-level expertise in their subjects and experience across the biological sciences. Learning through lectures, tutorials, online and personal study, you’ll also be able to get hands-on experience with modern instruments during specialist biological sciences lab sessions. The third year is your chance to step out of the classroom and into the real world, working for an organisation related to your interests. If you choose to take the optional placement year, you’ll have a great opportunity to see your knowledge in action and pick up invaluable skills that could boost your employability and set you up for a successful future career.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80-95% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for. entry to our degree course.

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this course

90%* Key information: UCAS code: C741 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry, plus C in another relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in Chemistry at A Level, plus C in another relevant Science subject. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** LinkedIn.

Medical Biochemistry BSc(Hons)

When it comes to our understanding of the molecular processes that cause degenerative disease and cancer, biochemistry has played a truly vital role. It is groundbreaking work in this field that has led to our knowledge of the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins and that holds the promise of further breakthroughs in treatment in the future. During this course you’ll be able to build your own knowledge and skills to develop a firm foundation in the molecular and cellular aspects of biology and the principles of drug action. As your studies with us progress, you’ll begin to focus on disease processes in modules such as epidemiology and pharmacology, paving the way for investigating more advanced topics such as molecular medicine and metabolic disease in your final year.

a successful career beyond graduation. And as a further boost for your CV, studying on this course means you can become a student undergraduate Associate Member of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK). Previous students from this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Prime Medica, H2Energy Ltd and Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine.***

You will focus not only on theory, but will also gain practical, handson experience. In the lab sessions you’ll be able to get to grips with industry-standard equipment and in your third year you can choose to try out your skills for real during a supervised work placement. It’s all designed to help get you ready for Hollie Griffiths graduated from Biochemistry BSc(Hons) in 2016 and is now a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield “I’ve now gained a PhD position and I feel that this is due to the experience and skills gained during my placement year and final year project. I believe that all members of staff within the Biological Sciences department at Huddersfield were willing to give students help whenever it was needed and were also very encouraging during my time here.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C742 Duration: 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry and one other relevant Science subject. BTEC and UCAS points not applicable. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19. Additional criteria: GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** Following two additional years of professional practice (this requires three additional years of professional practice from a non-accredited degree).

Medical Biochemistry with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

Groundbreaking work in biochemistry has led to our knowledge of the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins and it holds the promise of further breakthroughs in treatment in the future. If you’d like to focus on building your research skills in this dynamic area of science, then choose this version of our Medical Biochemistry BSc(Hons) course which includes a research placement during your third year and has Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Once you’ve successfully completed your studies you’ll also be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB).*** From day one you’ll be building your own knowledge and skills to develop a firm foundation in the molecular and cellular aspects of biology and the principles of drug action. As your studies with us progress, you’ll begin to focus on disease processes in modules such as epidemiology and

pharmacology, paving the way for investigating more advanced topics such as molecular medicine and metabolic disease in your final year. You will focus not only on theory, but also gain practical, hands-on experience. In the lab sessions you’ll be able to get to grips with industrystandard equipment and in your third year, you can try out your skills for real during a supervised research placement. It’s all designed to help get you ready for a successful career beyond graduation. And as a further boost for your CV, studying on this course means you can become a student undergraduate Associate Member of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK).

Accreditation This course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. On successful completion of this degree you’ll receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Society of Biology***

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C131 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** LinkedIn.

Medical Biology BSc(Hons)

The search for new ways to diagnose and treat diseases is one of the most challenging and exciting areas of science. On our Medical Biology BSc(Hons) degree course, you’ll have the chance to explore cellular biology and molecular genetics and lay down the foundations for a fulfilling career in medical research, the pharmaceutical industry or other healthcare specialism. In the early stages of the degree, you’ll study alongside our other biological sciences students on certain modules, building up your knowledge to enable you to investigate advanced topics further down the line – topics such as molecular genetics, immunology and cancer.

classroom and into the real world on an optional placement year working for an organisation related to your areas of interest. This is when you’ll really be able to see your knowledge in action, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation. And as an extra bonus to add to your CV, if you choose to study on this course you’ll be able to sign up for student undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK). Previous students from this course have gone on to work for companies such as Covance, Meridian Healthcare and Reckitt Benckiser.***

Through lectures, seminars and specialised lab sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our academic staff with doctoral-level expertise in their subjects and experience across the biological sciences. In your third year, you’ll get the chance to step out of the Izabela Lepiarz graduated from Medical Biology BSc(Hons) in 2017 and is now studying for a PhD, Pharmacy department, University of Huddersfield “Science has always been my passion, that’s why I decided to study Medical Biology BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield. This undergraduate course helped me to explore the scientific world and to find a direction to follow, which I’m doing now on my PhD. The world of science is fascinating, even more so when you realise it brings hope to people with a terminal illness and you are part of the great effort to help those people.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C132 Duration: 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry and one other relevant Science subject. BTEC and UCAS points not applicable. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19. Additional criteria: GCSEs in English Language and Maths at 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** Following two additional years of professional practice (this requires three additional years of professional practice from a non-accredited degree).

Medical Biology with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

This course follows the same framework as the Medical Biology BSc(Hons) degree, but with the additional benefit of having Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. When you’ve successfully completed this degree, you’ll also be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB). So if you’d like to study on a course with a supported research placement in the third year and an independent seal of approval, then the Medical Biology with Research Placement BSc(Hons) could be a great choice for you. In the early stages of this course, you’ll study alongside other biological sciences students on certain modules, building up your knowledge to enable you to investigate advanced topics further down the line, such as molecular genetics, immunology and cancer.

Through lectures, seminars and specialised lab sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our expert staff who all have doctorallevel expertise in their subjects and experience across the biological sciences. During your research placement in the third year, you’ll really be able to put your knowledge to the test, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation. And as an extra bonus to add to your CV, if you choose to study on this course you’ll be able to sign up for student undergraduate Associate Membership of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK).

Accreditation This course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. On successful completion of this degree you’ll receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Society of Biology***

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this course

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C440 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a grade B in a relevant Science subject at A Level. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** LinkedIn.

Medical Genetics BSc(Hons)

On this degree we take you through the theory and practice of applying genetics to medical and biological sciences research. The course is designed not only to build your in-depth knowledge of the topics, but also to help you develop a deep understanding of the implications of human genetic research. As your studies progress you’ll get the opportunity to look into how genomics and proteomics are being applied to diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and study advanced topics such as molecular evolution and next generation DNA sequencing techniques.

for their final year studies and future careers. While studying on this course, you can also sign up to become an undergraduate Associate Member of the Biochemical Society and the Physiological Society (UK). So all in all, it’s a course that could provide a great foundation for you to launch your career. Previous students from this course have gone on to work for organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, The Dow Chemical Company and Rosemount Pharmaceuticals.***

All the while, your learning will be supported by doctoral-level academics with expertise across the biological sciences. Teaching aims to help you develop your problemsolving and investigative skills and you’ll be able to get to grips with modern medical instruments in specialist lab sessions. In your third year you can take the option to apply everything you’ve learned so far in the real-world setting of a work placement. It’s an excellent opportunity to boost your employability and has given previous graduates added focus Zoe Wigston, Medical Genetics BSc(Hons), placement with St James’s University Hospital, Leeds “I feel I’ve become more confident working in a research lab and with new equipment. I also had the opportunity to present my own poster at the European Workshop for Rheumatology Research. This made me more prepared for presentations in my final year.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

80%* Key information: UCAS code: C441 Duration: 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB** at A Level inc. a grade B in Chemistry and one other relevant Science subject. BTEC and UCAS points not applicable. If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19. Additional criteria: GCSEs in English Language and Maths at 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

Medical Genetics with Research Placement BSc(Hons)

On this course you’ll get the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of genetics, develop a deep understanding of the implications of human genetic research, and prepare for a successful career in a wide range of healthcare and scientific settings. Where this four-year course differs from our Medical Genetics BSc(Hons) degree is through the additional benefit of having Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. Once you’ve successfully graduated, you’ll also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB).*** From day one you’ll be looking at the theory and practice of applying genetics to medical and biological sciences research. As your studies progress you’ll get the opportunity to investigate how genomics and proteomics are being applied to diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and study advanced

topics such as molecular evolution and next generation DNA sequencing techniques. You’ll be taught by doctoral-level academics with expertise across the biological sciences in ways that aim to help you develop your problemsolving and investigative skills. In specialist lab sessions you’ll be able to get to grips with modern medical instruments. In your third year, the research placement widens your horizons and lets you apply your knowledge to real-world projects.

Accreditation This course has Advanced Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology. On successful completion of this degree you’ll receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology and be eligible for Membership of the Royal Society of Biology***

** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. *** Following two additional years of professional practice (this requires three additional years of professional practice from a non-accredited degree).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

Pharmacology

Key information: UCAS code: B2C1 Duration: 3 years full-time 4 years inc. placement year

On this course, you’ll be looking at all aspects of pharmacology including neurodegenerative diseases and other conditions affecting ageing populations, as well as infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS. You’ll also have the chance to study topics around public health and increase your understanding of emerging pathogens and those that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. In short, you could come away from the course with a wide knowledge and the practical skills to kick-start a fulfilling career.

80– 95%*

Entry requirements: BBC** at A Level inc. a min. grade B in Chemistry, or a grade C in Chemistry plus a grade B in another relevant Science subject. DMM at BTEC in Applied Science. Alternatively a BTEC Health and Social Care is acceptable but must be accompanied by another Science A Level at a min. grade C. 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications inc. a min. grade B in Chemistry, or a grade C in Chemistry plus a grade B in another relevant Science subject.

BSc(Hons)

Studying for your Pharmacology BSc(Hons) degree with us, you’ll be guided by doctoral-level teaching staff on a modular course designed to help you follow your interests and

tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations. Alongside building your technical and scientific knowledge, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your deductive, analytical and communication skills – all vital when you venture out into the real world. On top of that, there’s the chance to gain hands-on experience in our modern biological sciences labs using the kind of instrumentation you’ll find in industry. And if you want to get even more insight and up-to-the-minute experience, you can opt to do a work placement for the duration of your third year.

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0), see page 19.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 80-100% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16). ** The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of your Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

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Key information: UCAS code: BCF0 Duration: Full-time (Year 0 of a 4/5 year degree including placement year) Entry requirements: CCE at A Level

Science Extended Degree

leading to a BSc(Hons) degree

MMP at BTEC. This does not need to be in a technical or Science subject. 80 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications. As part of the selection process applicants are normally required to complete an aptitude test and interview.

* Progression onto Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) is also dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module. Progression onto Chemical Engineering MEng is also dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module, plus an overall pass mark of at least 70%. ** Progression onto Pharmacy MPharm is dependent on meeting stringent performance levels in the Science Extended Degree. You must pass all six modules with an overall pass mark of at least 70%. Plus at least 70% in the Chemistry in Action module and 70% on the maths element of the Foundation Maths module. You must also successfully undertake an interview with the Pharmacy admissions staff.

If you don’t have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to one of our science based degrees, you can apply to our Science Extended Degree. Getting stuck into the four main disciplines of biology, chemistry, maths and physics, you’ll have the chance to get a grounding in the scientific knowledge you’ll need no matter which route you eventually decide to take.

On successful completion of this year (you must pass all six modules), you’ll be able to start the first year of your degree in the subject areas of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,* Forensic Science or Pharmacy.**

But it’s not just about theory here. Our professional, dedicated and friendly staff are on hand to help reshape the way you learn, challenge you to rethink your own practices and equip you with the skills that will be the foundations for your further studies. Taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals in our modern facilities, you’ll get the benefit of the staff’s expertise in both academia and industry. Optional drop-in sessions offer a great opportunity for you to strengthen your knowledge and make sure you’ve got a clear understanding of all the material as you go along.

Richard Musson, former Science Extended Degree student, graduated Medical Genetics BSc(Hons) 2016 “I chose to do the Science Extended Degree because I didn’t do A Level science. This helped in all aspects of preparing for my studies – from the kind of language to use in assignments to practice at laboratory experiments. When starting out on the first year of my degree I felt up to speed and ready to handle any challenges.”

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Meet our staff

Understanding the genetic basis of human diseases

Dr Tarja Kinnunen Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biochemistry “When I was younger my biology teacher got me interested in genetics. From then I knew I wanted to pursue genetics at university. I’m from Finland and have lived and worked in the UK for 15 years. Prior to my role here at Huddersfield, as Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biochemistry, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. My PhD was a cell biology project in neural development.

I’ve been interested in genetics from a young age. Now I find it really rewarding when I see my students understand and enjoy the topic themselves. “I now teach and research molecular genetics. I study mutations found in human patients that cause disease. I use a nematode worm as a model to study and understand the genetic basis of human diseases, specifically developmental, metabolic and neuro-endocrine disorders, in order to better understand the basis of disease and ultimately find cures. I use my research, and the research of others within my field, in my final year classes to enhance the learning of my students. “Science is really fascinating and when I see my students starting to understand and enjoy the topics themselves, I find this extremely rewarding.”

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My student journey so far

Covadonga Fernandez-Valdes Medical Genetics BSc(Hons) “I’m from Northern Spain and went to an English school where I studied biology, chemistry, spanish, french, geography and art at A Level. I got high grades in biology and chemistry and I enjoyed the genetic pedigrees part of my biology A Level the most. I’ve always been interested in medicine, so I decided to study medical genetics here in the UK. I chose Huddersfield as it offered a medical element in the course.

The tutors are really supportive in various aspects of university life, from help with my studies in the first year, to placement and personal support in my third and subsequent years. “Medical genetics is a relatively new field so it opens up amazing new career opportunities compared to say a medical degree as there’s lots more things to discover. I’m in my final year and chose my dissertation to be about in-vitro expression of genes that play a role in connective tissue and skin diseases, as I’m interested in foetal genetics and embryology. After my degree I’d like to study for a Master’s in foetal embryology and foetal genetics as I’d like a career in gene therapy. “My most memorable event has been my placement year in Sol, Korea working in animal cloning and stem cell research. I gained so much experience such as working on my own initiative, working with different genetic disease models and parthenogenesis and stem cell research for cosmetics applications.”

To hear Covadonga talk about her student journey visit hud.ac/profiles

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We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to become a student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply.

Apply to us UCAS If this is your first (undergraduate) degree and you want to study a full-time course, then you’ll apply via UCAS at ucas.com If you’re at a college or school right now, it’s probably already registered with UCAS. The best thing to do is ask your teacher or careers adviser to help with your application. Once you’ve applied we’ll keep in touch with you throughout the application process, so you’re up to speed with what’s going on.

When to apply If you want to start your course in September 2019, you can apply to UCAS any time from 1 September 2018 onwards. Please make sure UCAS receives your application by 15 January 2019. Our course codes You have to enter the code for the course you want to study on your application form. You can find our course codes on each of the course pages in this brochure, or on the UCAS website. By the way, the institution code for Huddersfield is HUDDS H60.

Contact us Got a question? Get in touch with us. Tel. +44 (0)1484 473867 Email. biology@hud.ac.uk @hudsas huddersfieldscience

Important Information This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at www.courses.hud.ac.uk

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