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i really want to do a science related degree and I just wanted to know peoples opinions on biochemistry.
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For me, very interesting. I haven't applied for Biochemistry, but rather Biomedical and Medical Sciences at Warwick, Exeter, Bristol, Surrey and QMUL. I was going to apply for Biochemistry, but moved towards medical sciences because it is more biology focused, which is what I enjoy.
Have a look at the modules to see if it looks interesting, go to some university open days at the department and ask the undergrads there.
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i really want to do a science related degree and I just wanted to know peoples opinions on biochemistry.
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It depends on you really, there will be a lot of lab work, which in my opinion can be very tedious. You'll probably also be a bit limited to cells, which might also get a bit tiresome
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I've moved this to the Universities section for you - hopefully you'll get a few more responses there.
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It is interesting if you like cells, molecules, chemistry, and lab work. I'm doing a biochemistry degree at the University of Manchester and I'm in my second year. My second year is very intense, with lots of lab work. It's interesting, but quite stressful, but if you like it, I guess it's all worth it. You will have optional modules that can take you away from molecules (for example I'm taking modules such as fundamentals of evolutionary biology or animal diversity - although I wouldn't recommend the last one), but most of the mandatory modules focus on the cell's workings, proteins, some genetics (though too little in my opinion), and, obviously, quite a bit of chemistry.
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(Original post by oxcahyni)
It is interesting if you like cells, molecules, chemistry, and lab work. I'm doing a biochemistry degree at the University of Manchester and I'm in my second year. My second year is very intense, with lots of lab work. It's interesting, but quite stressful, but if you like it, I guess it's all worth it. You will have optional modules that can take you away from molecules (for example I'm taking modules such as fundamentals of evolutionary biology or animal diversity - although I wouldn't recommend the last one), but most of the mandatory modules focus on the cell's workings, proteins, some genetics (though too little in my opinion), and, obviously, quite a bit of chemistry.
thank youu, is there also neuroscience optional modedules. Also what career would you like do go in after your degree?
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thank youu, is there also neuroscience optional modedules. Also what career would you like do go in after your degree?
I'm not sure if there are many neuroscience optional modules, but I remember there was an optional one to do with the nervous system so yeah, there must be at least one. And I'm not sure what I want to do after. The main topics I like are genetics and evolutionary biology, so I might go on doing evolutionary genetics for a masters, and then work in either research or conservation (or combine both).
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I'm finding it interesting so far.

Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes and information flow within organisms. So you'll be studying things like metabolism, cell cycle regulartion, transcription of DNA and translation in great detail. You'll probably also at gene expression as well as what happens when things go wrong: cancer.

At my University all first year students take the following 5 modules Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Adaptation and Diversity, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genes. Students may then continue doing a broad programme or specialise in a discipline like Biochemistry. Most Universities will operate similarly with the life science students having identical first years and specialisation only occuring in subsequent years of the degre. It's often possible to take optional modules as well. So if you continue to have an interest in neuroscience as you've suggestion, you might be able to combine this with your biochemistry studies, subject to time-tabling.
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I'm finding it interesting so far.

Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes and information flow within organisms. So you'll be studying things like metabolism, cell cycle regulartion, transcription of DNA and translation in great detail. You'll probably also at gene expression as well as what happens when things go wrong: cancer.

At my University all first year students take the following 5 modules Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Adaptation and Diversity, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genes. Students may then continue doing a broad programme or specialise in a discipline like Biochemistry. Most Universities will operate similarly with the life science students having identical first years and specialisation only occuring in subsequent years of the degre. It's often possible to take optional modules as well. So if you continue to have an interest in neuroscience as you've suggestion, you might be able to combine this with your biochemistry studies, subject to time-tabling.
thank you, what uni are u at
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Are the biochemistry courses more biology or chemistry based??
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Are the biochemistry courses more biology or chemistry based??
Normally more biology -though some courses have a high chemistry content, notably York and Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry at Nottingham. Birmingham also has chemistry modules taught in the chemistry department in the first 2 years of their course.
If you want a more chemistry heavy course, I'd recommend you apply for Biological and Medicinal Chemistry.


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i really want to do a science related degree and I just wanted to know peoples opinions on biochemistry.
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I'd advise going to open days or applicant days to find out what it's like and look up the course structure online as it will vary depending on the course, and what you find interesting will be totally different to other people! I applied to do pharmacology at Bristol thinking it looked really interesting but I went on the offer day and thought that there was no way I could do it because it just looked so dull, but people I met on the day thought it was amazing and couldn't wait!
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I'd advise going to open days or applicant days to find out what it's like and look up the course structure online as it will vary depending on the course, and what you find interesting will be totally different to other people! I applied to do pharmacology at Bristol thinking it looked really interesting but I went on the offer day and thought that there was no way I could do it because it just looked so dull, but people I met on the day thought it was amazing and couldn't wait!
thank you what are u applying for now?
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thank you what are u applying for now?
This was a few years ago! I applied for biomed through UCAS Extra but I do medicine now
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