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Offered by the Department of Chemistry

BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary programme that connects the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry and their mutual interfaces. This degree programme provides an excellent platform for students who are interested in the molecular basis of biological phenomena to enhance their knowledge and skills thus enabling the opportunities to pursue careers in both academic and co-operative sectors related to the medical, veterinary,marine and agricultural fields. The degree is awarded upon the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in related subjects. During the final two years, students have to follow a series of specialized core courses in related areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. It is compulsory for each student to carry out a research project which focuses on a problem related above mentioned fields during their final undergraduate year. At the end of the final year, students are expected to submit a dissertation and defend their research outputs in front of a panel of academics.

Degree Aims

  • Aims to give a better understanding and a wide knowledge on naturally occurring biological phenomena at the molecular level
  • Focuses on providing a sound and updated knowledge in both theoretical and practical aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, chemistry etc.
  • To develop fundamental skills required in conducting research projects and in presenting their research project.
  • To develop skills required to work in Biotechnology related industries

Entry Requirements

A student must obtain a GPA of 3.00 or higher for each of CH core courses and a GPA of 2.67 for either BT or ZL or BC core courses taken within the first two years. In addition, at least a C grade for AM 1008 is required.

Course Modules

(L – No. of Lecture hours, P – No. of Practical hours)

Level 3

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
BC 3022 Metabolism I 2 30L
BC 3030 Practical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 8 240L
BC 3053 Introduction to Bioinformatics 2 15L 30P
CH 3033 Chemistry of Biomolecules 3 45L
MB 3022 Gene Expression and Regulation 3 45L
MB 3025 Recombinant DNA Technology and Applications 3 45L

Semester 2

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
BC 3023 Metabolism II 2 30L
BC 3024 Bio-Physical Chemistry 2 30L
BC 3025 Protein Structure and Function 2 30L
BC 3027 Enzymology 2 30L
CH 3054 Nutritional and Clinical Biochemistry 2 30L
MB 3024 Topics in Molecular Cell Biology 2 30L

Level 4

Semester I

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
BC 4001 Research Project 8 240P
BC 4002 Seminar and Essay 3 90P
BC 4004 Optional Topics 3 45L
MB 4001 Genomics and Proteomics 3 45L
MB 4003 Molecular Evolution, Modelling and Computer-Based Drug Design 3 30L 30P
ZL 4058 Immunology 2 30L

Semester 2

Course Code Title No. of Credits No. of Hours
BC 4003 General Paper 3 45L
BC 4005 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 30L
BC 4006 Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 30L
MB 4004 Applications in Biotechnology 3 45L