Published: 10 August 2020

5 reasons to study BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Biochemistry at Surrey

On our BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Biochemistry courses, you’ll get to select modules tailored to your interests, access state-of-the-art facilities, gain industry experience, have the option to study for an integrated masters and enhance your employability.

1. Select modules tailored to your interests

During your first two years on our BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Biochemistry courses, you’ll develop an understanding of the fundamental processes of life at a cellular and molecular level, whilst choosing optional modules in bacteriology, biodiversity, neuroscience and virology. In your third year, you’ll select five modules, in addition to biochemistry, exploring topics such as genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, systems biology and toxicology. These will allow you to specialise and delve deeper into your areas of interest.

You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own scientific research project, critically evaluating protocols, data and literature.

2. Access state-of-the-art facilities

As a biochemistry student at Surrey, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory. The laboratory is fitted with latest industry equipment, and TV screens are used to show you how to conduct experiments and follow scientific protocols. In your final year, you’ll also get access to our dissertation research project laboratory.

Laboratory-based practical work will form an integral part of your course and you’ll get to conduct your first experiment during your second week. Your time in our facilities will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with biochemical methodology and develop the practical laboratory experience that’s essential in a research career and valued by a wide range of employers.

3. Gain industry experience

Our Professional Training placements give you the opportunity to gain real industry experience, in an area of personal interest. You can choose to work for a range of employers, including pharmaceutical organisations, food suppliers, hospitals and biotechnology companies, to practise and enhance your skills.

We have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Recent international placements have included Cornell University, Washington State University, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Turku, Finland.

You can also explore your transferrable skills by working in other fields including scientific communications, marketing and data analysis.

4. Choose to study for an integrated masters

With this course, you have the option to complete an integrated masters which incorporates an additional research-focused year of study, covering advanced techniques in biochemistry, scientific communication and a laboratory-based dissertation. This will prepare you for a technical research career in industry or academia, with many using this as a gateway to PhD study.

An integrated masters is also cheaper than a separate postgraduate degree, and your tuition can be covered by your student finance loan. This additional year is open to UK, EU and international students.

5. Enhance your employability

We'll prepare you for a wide range of careers, with over 90% of our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry graduates going on to full-time employment or further study.* Our alumni can be found in academic and industrial research laboratories around the world, with recent graduates working for the Institute of Cancer Research, inVentiv Health, Sanofi, Novartis and The Body Shop International plc.

With the critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, decision making, and communication skills learnt throughout the course, several graduates have sought alternative careers in publishing and marketing. Many students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research, and graduate dentistry and medicine programmes.

Find out more about our BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Biochemistry course

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-17.

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