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    (Original post by I'mBadAtMaths)
    You might want to find out what core text books Nottingham suggests.

    If you can't find anything, I'd recommend 'Biochemistry' by Voet and Voet (2011, 4th edition). It's a brilliant book that covers everything you could possibly want to know. That'll cost about £50.

    Other than that, you might have heard of the journals 'Nature' or 'Science'. They've got websites with their latest publications. Everything new discovered in biochemistry will be published there.

    You also can't go wrong watching some online lectures.
    Thanks very much
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    (Original post by Hullabaloo2803)
    Is anyone going to University of Birmingham for MEdocal Biochemistry?
    I had an offer today so I guess I am.
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    Hello, just wondered if anyone is off to Exeter for biochemistry? After being rejected for veterinary I'm considering going through Extra. I'm looking at the 4 year with placement. I just wondered the pros and cons of the sandwich compared to MSci. I'm looking to do a phd after so thought the year placement would be good experience for that.
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    (Original post by lauraxjane)
    Hello, just wondered if anyone is off to Exeter for biochemistry? After being rejected for veterinary I'm considering going through Extra. I'm looking at the 4 year with placement. I just wondered the pros and cons of the sandwich compared to MSci. I'm looking to do a phd after so thought the year placement would be good experience for that.
    i have an offer, and I think i'm going to use it as my insurance.. you may need to email the university to check that they are actually in extra because being on ucas doesn't necessarily mean that they have places on offer



    is anyone on here in edinburgh next week ?
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    (Original post by lauraxjane)
    I just wondered the pros and cons of the sandwich compared to MSci. I'm looking to do a phd after so thought the year placement would be good experience for that.
    It really depends on what the placement year and the MSci year are like at Exeter. A lot of the time placement means you'll be working for a company, carrying out the tasks of whatever R&D projects they have going at the moment. However, most MSci years involve you carrying out an original research project from start to finish (in essence it would be the same as you doing an MRes after your undergrad). If PhD is your goal then I would imagine doing the MSci is more beneficial in terms of you getting some real research experience. But it really depends on the specific placement opportunities/MSci year program in question. So look into those before you make a decision.
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    (Original post by thelovecats)
    Anyone here definitely firmed Sheffield?
    Me!!! Bristol's my insurance
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    My firm choice is York and my insurance is UCL but I still have to pass and English level exam and it's going to be reaaaally difficult
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    (Original post by Plankey)
    Me!!! Bristol's my insurance
    see you in september then!
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    (Original post by thelovecats)
    see you in september then!
    Make that september 2013, I'm taking a gap year . Sorry
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    I don't actually believe most people on here in regards to their GCSE scores, they just don't want to be seen as the dumbass.
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    (Original post by 365andaquarter)
    I've got all 5 of my offers back:
    Strathclyde (BScBiochem with Pharmacology): Conditional BBB
    Aberdeen (MSci Biochem with Ind. Exp.): Conditional ABB
    Glasgow (Bsc Biochem with option to do Msci): Conditional ABB
    Edinburgh (Bsc Biochem): Conditional AAA
    St. Andrews: UNCONDITIONAL!

    I don't know whether to go to St. Andrews or Glasgow though, I loved the Glasgow campus and the Glasgow course gives me the chance of a year abroad or a year in industry but St. Andrews has an amazing reputation.

    Just wondering where you guys think I should go in terms of better job prospects/employability after I graduate?
    How did you get unconditional for St. Andrews?...Why are you thinking of Glasgow ahead of Edinburgh?
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    GCSE's - 2As 4Bs 3Cs
    BTEC - D*D*D*

    Got offers from Manchester, Aberdeen, UEA and Sussex.

    Firmed Sussex.
    Insured UEA.
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    (Original post by Bodmas)
    Got exactly the same choice to make here as well! Bath is riding high at the moment in its general status and has always been a well-respected university. Plus, it's a lovely campus, and if you find Bath itself dull or unattractive then frankly, there is no hope for you. Cardiff might not look quite as thrilling, but bear in mind it has *two* Nobel Prize-winners in its Biochemistry dept (how many places can you name outside an Ivy League university with that sort of claim?) and its research status is likely to soar in the next research assessment exercise (bear in mind the current RAE figures are for 2000-2007, which is like prehistory in the biological sciences these days). Cardiff probably wins out in terms of research, but equally, you've got to enjoy your time at uni or you won't get the most out of your studies, and Bath looks a nicer place to live. Decisions, decisions ...
    I've only just seen your reply by chance! I picked Bath in the end what did you go for?
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    I'm thinking of applying to do biochemistry I'd be really interested in anyones views on where they thought was best and worse based on their experiences applying this year
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    (Original post by franny75)
    I'm thinking of applying to do biochemistry I'd be really interested in anyones views on where they thought was best and worse based on their experiences applying this year
    london met is amazing
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    jus a tip for u future biochems...you dont have to buy all the books...off to uncle google i go
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    (Original post by franny75)
    I'm thinking of applying to do biochemistry I'd be really interested in anyones views on where they thought was best and worse based on their experiences applying this year
    What grades are you getting? It will determine what universities to talk about.
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    Hoping for 4 A's at AS if all goes well - I was on track (just about) but hard to say how latest exams have gone
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    (Original post by b_m_k)
    How did you get unconditional for St. Andrews?...Why are you thinking of Glasgow ahead of Edinburgh?
    No idea, my predicted grades for A2 are pretty average for St. Andrews I'd have thought with A*AA in Biology, Chemistry and Geography. It only really leaves the option of my personal statement having caught the eye of one of the admissions staff.

    As for the second question, I disliked the science campus in Edinburgh. In hindsight I couldn't really point out why I disliked it, I just know I prefer the more campus like and integrated feel of Glasgow.

    Neither matter know though as I've firmed my offer from St. Andrews and will be heading there in September.

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