Topics in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts and chemical foundations of biochemistry and cell biology to develop an understanding of structure and function at the molecular level. This module prepares students for further study in more advanced topics in biochemistry and biological chemistry.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry and Thermodynamics (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an understanding about basic chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, which are key questions as to whether a chemical reaction is likely to occur or not and its rate.
Advanced General Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the topics first encountered in the Fundamental Chemistry Theory and Practical module, developing knowledge in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as developing further key laboratory skills.
Fundamental Chemistry Theory and Practical (20 credits)
This module introduces chemistry as a subject and covers key chemical concepts such as: atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, redox reactions and introduction to organic chemistry. In addition, the large practical content of this module will also develop basic chemistry laboratory skills
Mathematics and Computing (20 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with the mathematics knowledge and skills required for a successful transition to degree-level study in disciplines related to the chemical and biological sciences as well as to develop the techniques necessary to handle quantitative data analysis. Central to the first aim will be introducing the powerful statistical programming language, R, which is critical to current approaches to handling/analysing data. This module will enable students to become comfortable with the console-based software and to use it for their statistical and data display needs.
Topics in Drug Discovery (20 credits)
The module aims to develop an overview of the fundamental topics within the drug discovery and development process. It will provide students with a working knowledge of the development, approval, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products and will form the basis for more advanced study in future modules.
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
Building upon the Level 4 module: Topics in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry, this module covers in greater detail key biochemical and cellular processes, such as signal transduction pathways and secondary metabolism. In addition to the subject-specific learning and practical skills obtained, the project-based format of this module encourages teamwork, group problem solving and the development of desirable professional skills and attributes.
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the Level 4 chemistry modules exploring those topics in greater depth. The inorganic chemistry component will examine both main group and transition metal chemistry while the organic chemistry component will cover the synthesis, structure and reactive mechanisms found in carbon-based compounds.
Advanced Enzymology and Kinetics (20 credits)
This module explores enzymes and enzyme function, inihibtion and regulation in detail. Topics include reaction steady state, enzyme inhibition, autoassociation, allosteric regulation and the application of enzymes in an industrial setting.
Analytical Chemistry (20 credits)
This module aims to familiarise you with up-to-date techniques used to identify and understand physical and chemical properties of matter. Analytical techniques covered will include gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic absorption/emission spectroscopy and ion chromatography.
Advanced Topics in Drug Discovery (20 credits)
Building upon the Level 4 module: Topics in Drug Discovery, this module covers in greater detail key pharmaceutical topics such as structure activity relationships and pharmacokinetics . In addition to the subject-specific learning and practical skills obtained, the project-based format of this module encourages teamwork, group problem solving and the development of desirable professional skills and attributes.
Research Project in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
The module aims to provide students with a degree of autonomy in their learning by giving them an opportunity to pursue in depth a study of a topic of their own choice or that related to an industrial partner. In doing so, they should gain practice at organising their thinking in a scientific context, increase their confidence in their ability to deal with scientific problems and issues and gain valuable practical experience in modern biochemical research techniques. In particular, it aims to foster and cultivate a questioning approach to science and scientific method.
Applied Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the level 5 analytical chemistry module by aiming to familiarise students with up-to-date techniques used to purify and characterise biomolecules (including DNA, lipids, secondary metabolites, proteins, carbohydrates), giving the student valuable hands-on experience alongside the fundamentals of the analytical sciences.
Bioinorganic and Metal Coordinate Chemistry (20 credits)
This module investigates the chemistry of transition metals and the use of metal complexes in biology. Topics include transition metal chemistry, chelation and the syntheses of polydentate ligands, the wide-ranging roles of metal-containing proteins in key biological processes, the stabilization of unusual metal oxidation states and the use of metal complexes in medicine.
Advanced Drug Discovery, Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
Building upon concepts and topics introduced at level 4 and 5, this module discusses how the drug discovery processes has changed since the first commercial drugs and how this process is changing again in the to be able to develop and deliver effective drugs and therapies in future.
Major Therapeutic Areas (20 credits)
This module examines several key therapeutic areas for which there is, or projected to be, a demand for the development of new drugs and therapies. The molecular and biological causes of each area will be discussed together with the associated social and medical challenges faced by society and the pharmaceutical industry respectively.
Quantitative and Computational Biology (20 credits)
The module aims to develop a systematic understanding of the role of computing in biological research and focusses on building the programming and computational skills to allow students to design and undertake complex analyses. The module develops an understanding of how to analyse and investigate bioinformatic questions using various development tools and how to make results available via differing visualisations. Central to this is building an understanding and ability to use various industry standard tools and software platforms. The module therefore develops an integrated understanding of various bioinformatic development and analysis tools and of how to build these into analysis pipelines.
Advanced Synthesis with Pharmaceutical Applications (20 credits)
This module covers the synthesis of a selection of natural products and pharmaceuticals using synthetic organic chemistry. Each of the chemicals synthesized will demonstrate a certain concept, which will be explained and illustrated in the synthesis example. The examples used will include currently available drugs such as HIV protease inhibitors and statins.
Likely optional modules
Molecular Biology (20 credits)
This module will build upon the fundamental knowledge gained during the level 4 modules to provide an in depth perspective of the theory, practical and commercial applications of molecular biology. The practical emphasis of this module permits students to develop a range of fundamental molecular biology techniques which are not only essential for studying biomolecules within a laboratory research setting, but also highly desirable for future employability.
Placement Module (20 credits)
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop key skills and experience while working in a commercial environment. Students develop critical reflection skills as they review their own competencies and development requirements.
Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology (20 credits)
This module will allow you to extend your understanding of the role of engineering in biological chemistry and biochemistry. This will build on previous modules and help prepare you for a career in industry.
Major Therapeutic Areas (20 credits)
This module will allow you to extend your understanding of the role of biological chemistry and biochemistry in health. This will build on previous modules and help prepare you for a career in research.