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Molecular Biosciences

Biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology underpin the area of molecular biosciences, a major part of the disciplines needed for modern medical and biological research. Teaching is research-led with specialisms in structural biology, cancer and cell biology and control of gene expression.

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Molecular Biosciences

Why study Molecular Biosciences at UCL?

The Molecular Biosciences at UCL benefit from world-class teaching and research and very close links with local communities including the Bloomsbury Structural Biology Consortium, Medical Research Council laboratories and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. The delivery of structural and molecular biology module content is thus from teachers at the forefront of their respective research fields.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our research-led teaching means you gain cutting-edge knowledge in the most up-to-date areas of the subjects studied. The department is keen to encourage good communication skills in science and you can expect to present seminars, posters and interact in the tutorial environment thereby gaining new skills that will support your study and equip you for a career.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and online activities including podcasts. Assessment of most modules is by a combination of unseen written examination, coursework, practical work and online exercises.

Modules in Molecular Biosciences

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOC1001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC1007 The Principles and Practice of Experimental Biochemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BIOC1008 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology C 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC1009 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CDEV1001 Cell Physiology and Developmental Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOC2001 Molecular Biology 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BIOC2002 General Biochemistry 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BIOC2003 Further Topics in Biochemistry 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC2004 Biomolecular Structure and Function 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
BIOC2005 Metabolism and its Regulation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC2008 General Biochemistry of Health 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BIOC3003 Advanced Biomolecular Structure 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BIOC3007 The Molecular Basis of Cellular Regulation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3008 Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3010 Computational and Systems Biology: In Silico Analysis of Genes and Proteins and their Biological Roles 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3012 Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3013 Cancer Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3016 Genes to Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3017 Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BIOC3024 Molecular Mechanisms of Gene Expression and Regulation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Dr Chris Taylorson
+44 (0)20 7679 2177
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