Biochemistry MSci (Hons) - 2020/1

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSci (Hons) Biochemistry

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
Ord Biosciences
DipHE Biosciences
CertHE Biosciences

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCC31001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UCC31001 600 credits and 300 ECTS credits

JACs code

C700

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Biosciences

Other internal and / or external reference points

NA

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Biosciences and Medicine

Programme Leader

BAILEY Ian (Biosc & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec

17/10/2019

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide a framework upon which students research interests may be refined and in which both practical and intellectual research skills will be developed.
  • To deliver a cutting-edge employability advantage in which skills may be applied to research based and alternative career pathways.
  • To further the students' knowledge of the fundamental principles of Biochemistry and to develop a deeper knowledge in specific areas of the subject.
  • To provide a high quality education in the various aspects of Biochemistry for students with diverse interests and career aspirations (including clinical laboratory scientist, researcher, scientific writer/editor, medical studies).
  • To provide opportunities for students to think creatively, both individually and within groups, in order to propose innovative solutions to a range of problems of a biological nature.
  • To provide the appropriate environment to encourage the development of the students' interest in Biochemistry and to help them acquire appropriate intellectual, scientific, technical and key transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Apply complex Biochemical concepts to design and undertake experiments which will address a Biochemical research question (linked to BSc (Hons) K MSci (Hons)
Design, apply and critically evaluate Biochemical techniques to a range of Biochemical problems (linked to BSc (Hons) K MSci (Hons)
Critically evaluate Biochemical research problems and apply and contextualise them within the established subject literature (linked to BSc (Hons) K MSci (Hons)
An understanding of laboratory-based investigations in biochemistry applicable to studying biochemical processes in healthy and diseased individuals. K BSc (Hons)
An understanding of the basic principles of biochemistry and the application of these to the understanding and solution of a range of scientific and academic problems. K BSc (Hons)
A good breadth of knowledge in the field of biochemistry in general and a good depth of knowledge in any specialist subjects. K BSc (Hons)
An understanding of the key principles of good laboratory, clinical and field-based investigation and their application to a variety of aspects of Biosciences K Ord
A good breadth knowledge at the molecular, cellular and organism levels with some degree of specialist knowledge apparent K Ord
Appropriate use of key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in specific fields within the Biosciences K Ord
Engagement with many of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Bioscience K Ord
A basic appreciation of some ethical issues and the impact on society of advances in the Biosciences K Ord
Ability to recognise and outline the key principles of laboratory, clinical and/or field-based investigation within the Biosciences. K DipHE
Broad basic knowledge at the molecular, cellular and organism levels with some degree of specialist knowledge developing. K DipHE
Recollection of much of the key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in specific fields within the Biosciences. K DipHE
Recollection of many of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Biosciences. K DipHE
Ability to recognise the purpose of laboratory, clinical and/or field-based investigations within the Biosciences. K CertHE
Basic factual biological knowledge at the molecular, cellular and organism levels. K CertHE
Recognition of some of the key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in Biosciences. K CertHE
Recognition of some of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Bioscience. K CertHE
Critically evaluate current subject literature and research findings and propose additional research avenues based upon the existing information. Applying rigorous standards of information quality to the source material (linked to BSc (Hons) C MSci (Hons)
Demonstrate competency in research design and critically evaluate the limitations of research findings (linked to BSc (Hons) C MSci (Hons)
Evaluate research findings and scientific literature and find, evaluate and critically assess appropriate sources of material. C BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate an understanding of research design and planning and the limits of scientific findings. C BSc (Hons)
Synthesise information gathered different sources to address specific scientific questions C Ord
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research design and planning C Ord
Recognise the on-going nature of scientific research in defining our modern understanding of Biosciences. C Ord
Identify and solve problems using previously developed strategies C Ord
Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and the impact of advances in the biosciences encompassing an appreciation of the responsibilities of Bioscientists to wider society C Ord
Apply information gathered from suitable sources to address specific scientific questions C DipHE
Recognise the importance of following research procedures accurately and the consequences of failing to do so C DipHE
Recognise the place of research in defining new paradigms. C DipHE
Employ previously developed strategies to guide problem solving C DipHE
Demonstrate an appreciation of the wider ethical issues of research and the impact of advances in the biosciences on wider society and the environment C DipHE
Identify suitable sources of scientific information C CertHE
Recognise the importance of following research procedures accurately C CertHE
Utilise previously defined scientific procedures to illustrate bioscience principles. C CertHE
Follow well defined schemes to solve problems C CertHE
Demonstrate a basic appreciation of some of the ethical issues surrounding the Biosciences including the need to carry out biological procedures in a safe and ethical manner C CertHE
Demonstrate competency in advanced laboratory skills and apply their use appropriately to Biochemical problems (linked to BSc (Hons) P MSci (Hons)
Demonstrate competency in the execution of research skills appropriate practical design (linked to BSc (Hons) P MSci (Hons)
Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and articulate the limitations of research (linked to BSc (Hons) P MSci (Hons)
Demonstrate effective independent learning (linked to BSc (Hons) P MSci (Hons)
Assume responsibility for engagement with learning, careers and research opportunities (linked to BSc (Hons) P MSci (Hons)
Learn basic laboratory skills relevant to biochemistry. P BSc (Hons)
Develop advanced practical skills relevant to biochemistry. P BSc (Hons)
Interpret qualitative and quantitative data. P BSc (Hons)
Learn independently. P BSc (Hons)
Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both on their own and in a team. P BSc (Hons)
With minimal instruction demonstrate competence in basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills relevant to Biosciences P Ord
With minimal instruction demonstrate competence in some of the key practical skills relevant to a particular specialism within Biosciences P Ord
Accurately report and analyse bioscience data to draw conclusions P Ord
Follow detailed investigative protocols as instructed, and plan the work set out individually or within a team as appropriate P Ord
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner. P Ord
With appropriate instruction, demonstrate competence in basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills relevant to Biosciences P DipHE
With appropriate instruction, demonstrate an ability to perform some key practical skills relevant to a particular specialism within Biosciences P DipHE
Accurately report and analyse bioscience data to draw basic conclusions P DipHE
Follow investigative protocols as instructed and perform the work set out efficiently either individually or within a team P DipHE
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner. P DipHE
With detailed instruction, demonstrate some ability to perform basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills in Biosciences P CertHE
Clearly and concisely report biological procedures and data and draw some basic conclusions P CertHE
Follow basic laboratory protocols as instructed P CertHE
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner. P CertHE
Communicate Biochemical ideas, research problems, principles and data effectively to a range of stakeholders and via a range of communications media both written, oral and through digital communications platforms (linked to BSc (Hons) T MSci (Hons)
Demonstrate effective individual, group and team-based practices, when provided with projects and tasks (linked to BSc (Hons) T MSci (Hons)
Apply appropriate statistical and numerical skills to biochemical data (linked to BSc (Hons) T MSci (Hons)
Apply technology appropriately to the undertaking and analysis of Biochemical research and the communication of the results (linked to BSc (Hons) T MSci (Hons)
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means. T BSc (Hons)
Work effectively and independently on a given project or task. T BSc (Hons)
Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome. T BSc (Hons)
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to Biochemical data. T BSc (Hons)
Employ learning and time-management strategies to organise learning effectively T Ord
Communicate bioscience concepts in a range of formats using appropriate scientific language T Ord
With minimal guidance work effectively on a given project or task T Ord
With minimal guidance work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal T Ord
Select and apply the numerical and statistical approaches required to analyse particular bioscience data T Ord
Use academic literature, the internet and other electronic sources critically as a source of information T Ord
Identify own strategies for effective learning and develop time-management skills T DipHE
Communicate basic bioscience principles using appropriate scientific language T DipHE
With some guidance work effectively on an individual task T DipHE
With some guidance work effectively in small groups to achieve a common goal T DipHE
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills, with some guidance, to analyse simple bioscience data T DipHE
Use the internet and other electronic resources to identify appropriate sources of scientific information T DipHE
With support, take responsibility for own time-management and academic efforts T CertHE
Communicate basic scientific information T CertHE
With guidance work on specific tasks T CertHE
With guidance work in small groups on a specific task T CertHE
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills, under direction, to analyse simple bioscience data T CertHE
Use the internet and other electronic resources to identify appropriate sources of scientific information T CertHE

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over five academic years, consisting of 600 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6, 7 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
BMSP007 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) Core 120 Year-long

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) -

N/A

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) Y
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University┬┐s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme. In these instances applicants will be informed by no later than 5 August.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.