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    Hi everyone! I am hoping to do biochemistry at university and I have a few questions:

    a) how competitive is it? More competitive than biomed or more?
    b) what jobs can you go into after your degree? Would it be possible to do a phD?
    c) following on from b, I noticed a lot of the courses are BSc rather than MSci, so if I wanted to do a masters or a phD how would I go about doing that?
    e) is biology a bigger element or chemistry? Or does it depend on the uni?
    f) any books/magazines you would recommend?

    Thank you!

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    (Original post by lolables)
    Hi everyone! I am hoping to do biochemistry at university and I have a few questions:

    a) how competitive is it? More competitive than biomed or more?
    b) what jobs can you go into after your degree? Would it be possible to do a phD?
    c) following on from b, I noticed a lot of the courses are BSc rather than MSci, so if I wanted to do a masters or a phD how would I go about doing that?
    e) is biology a bigger element or chemistry? Or does it depend on the uni?
    f) any books/magazines you would recommend?

    Thank you!

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    a) In my experience it is competitive but not as competitive as other subjects like genetics or anatomy.
    b) There are lots of jobs open to you, not necessarily in science. Of course - many biochemists go on to do a PhD.
    c) An MSci is an undergraduate masters and you'd have to apply for this via UCAS. It's an extra year compared to a BSc as you usually spend a year doing a research placement or a work placement in industry etc. A BSc is more common because not all courses do the MSci. If you want to do a masters after the BSc then you'd do an MSc then a PhD, but many go straight from a BSc to PhD.
    d) Biochemistry does involve chemistry such as inorganic chemistry, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. It's kind of like molecular biology (proteins, membranes etc) with metabolic pathways and a bit more chemistry (this is a very vague description).
    e) There are lots of books out there, just find some that you might like the sound of. "The Selfish Gene" (I think it's called) is a popular one. New Scientist is a weekly science magazine that is easy to get in shops and contains lots of science stories.
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