Biochemistry is the study of the chemical properties of biologically important molecules and processes in cells and tissues. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Biochemical understanding is fundamental to all biological disciplines. While much of modern biochemistry aims to provide an understanding of fundamental biological processes at a molecular level, it also contributes to the solving of medical problems and the discovery of safe and effective drugs. This programme aims to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary Biochemistry at the cellular and molecular level, gained though a combination of taught elements and extensive laboratory experience.
This programme allows students to gain research experience and professional skills, sometimes in a different area to their first degree, before deciding on a future career in industry or academic research.
This is a research focused Masters course, you will spend the majority of your time working on two original research projects. We do not teach Biochemistry using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.
Graduates acquire a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills and gain extensive laboratory research experience. Graduates typically enter professional careers in research, the health service or industrial environments. The University of Manchester has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities.