Foundation Year (Level 0)
Introduction to Chemistry (20 credits)
This introductory module aims to develop your familiarity with fundamental chemical concepts such as: atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry and a range of chemical reactions. The module also aims to develop basic chemistry laboratory skills.
Fundamentals of Biology (20 credits)
This module aims to aims to introduce you to the central principles of biology, namely the basic structure, function and variety of living organisms. It also aims to give you basic transferable skills needed to understand scientific reasoning and to undertake scientific investigations.
General Science Skills (20 credits)
The course aims to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand scientific reasoning, to undertake scientific investigations and to effectively communicate scientific ideas and outcomes
Maths for Scientists (20 credits)
This module aims to develop the mathematical skills relevant to chemical engineering and other sciences. The module will review basic mathematical skills before covering more advanced mathematical topics to equip you with the necessary skills to solve problems in these areas.
Fundamentals of Physics (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to introduce the basic concepts underpinning physics. You will develop an understanding of how physical laws are used to describe natural phenomena and how they may be applied to gain a deeper knowledge of particular systems and processes. This module prepares you for further study in more advanced physical and natural science modules.
Advancing Chemistry (20 credits)
This module aims to build on the knowledge acquired in Introduction to Chemistry and to explore different fields within the subject of chemistry (physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry). The module will also further develop your laboratory skills.
Year 2 – Level 4
Introduction to Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (40 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 you 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.
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 you to become comfortable with the console-based software and to use it for their statistical and data display needs.
Year 3 – Level 5
Topics in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (40 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.
Enzymology and Kinetics (20 credits)
This module explores enzymes and enzyme function, inhibition and regulation in detail. Topics include reaction steady state, enzyme inhibition, auto-association, 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.
Year 4 – Level 6
Research Project in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry (40 credits)
The module aims to provide you with a degree of autonomy in your learning by giving you an opportunity to pursue in depth a study of a topic of your own choice or that related to an industrial partner. In doing so, you should gain practice at organising your thinking in a scientific context, increase your confidence in your 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 you with up-to-date techniques used to purify and characterise biomolecules (including DNA, lipids, secondary metabolites, proteins, carbohydrates), giving you 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.
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 you 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.
Biotechnology for Drug Discovery (20 credits)
This module investigates the biological and bioengineering principles underlying the development, synthesis, production and purification of biomolecules as therapeutics. Topics covered will range from biological considerations affecting the eventual product (such as post-translational processing and secretion), to host expression choice, in vitro cultivation, bioreactor design and control, protein recovery and purification and determination of final yield and costs. Practical sessions will be employed to illustrate key steps within the production and purification process.
Likely optional modules
Year 3 – Level 5
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 your 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. You will develop critical reflection skills as they review their own competencies and development requirements.