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Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

Explore the impact of biochemistry on bioenergy and health, discovering why graduates are in demand; with the Biochemical Society.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

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Why join the course?

Biochemistry brings together all of the sciences to study the chemical and physical processes that occur in living organisms. It truly is the science of life.

As a scientific discipline in its own right, biochemistry has a major impact on all areas of the life sciences and biochemists are in high demand among employers.

Get an introduction to biochemistry

This free online biochemistry course will outline the background and history of the field, and its contemporary significance in the life sciences. It’s ideal if you enjoy biology and chemistry at school, and are thinking about studying or working in biochemistry as a distinct subject.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • discuss how biochemistry brings together the natural sciences, to describe the chemical basis of living systems;
  • describe the events and scientists that have been significant during the historical development of biochemistry;
  • describe the seminal experiments that led to significant advances in biochemical knowledge;
  • discuss where biochemistry will play a role in future scientific advances, such as bioenergy, pharmaceuticals and synthetic biology.
  • recognise the wide range of jobs and career opportunities that become possible as a biochemistry graduate.

Learn with expert biochemists from UEA and beyond

Throughout the course, you will learn with a range of staff from UEA’s Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and find out how biochemistry is underpinning developments in the life sciences at the Norwich Research Park (NRP), and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. You will also get the chance to see interviews with people using biochemistry in a wide range of careers.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsBiochemistry brings together all of the sciences to study chemical and physical processes that occur in living organisms. Since it focuses on the molecular processes that enable biology, it really is the study of the molecules of life. Recent developments within biochemistry have the potential to develop new forms of bioenergy and deepen our understanding of how natural products may improve our potential for healthy living. This three-week futurelearn course has been developed in collaboration with the biochemical society and will explore how biochemistry impacts on these important topics for society.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds This course will briefly outline seminal events and scientists from biochemistry, and go on to discuss topics where there will be significant advances in the next twenty to fifty years. Join expert biochemists from the University of East Anglia and the Norwich Research Park as they discuss the topic in different formats, ensuring it will be accessible to students who learn in different ways. The material will be particularly useful for students who are considering higher education studies that involve biochemistry but will be accessible to all from age fifteen onwards. This course will show how a training in biochemistry leads to excellent practical abilities problem-solving, literacy and numeracy skills, highlighting that biochemistry graduates are in high demand by employers.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsAfter completing this MOOC you will be well prepared to join them.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Discuss how biochemistry brings together the natural sciences to describe the chemical basis of living systems.
  • Describe events and scientists that have been significant during the historical development of biochemistry.
  • Identify crossover points that exist between biology and chemistry curricula.
  • Evaluate where biochemistry will play a key role in scientific advances in the future.
  • Explore the wide range of jobs and career opportunities that become possible with a training in biochemistry.
  • Summarise seminal experiments that led to significant advances in biochemical knowledge.

Who is the course for?

This course will be of particular interest to 15 to 19 year olds who are studying biology and chemistry, and considering further studies in biochemistry.

No prior formal qualifications are required for this course. With a clear explanation of relevant details, the material will be understandable to all with a basic interest and background knowledge in biology and chemistry.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Bowater

Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. My teaching and research links biochemistry and molecular biology, focusing on DNA structure.

Fraser MacMillan

Biophysical chemist in the School of Chemistry at UEA, Norwich, UK. My teaching and research links biochemistry and biophysics, focusing on structure and function of essential membrane proteins

Who developed the course?

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

The Biochemical Society exists to promote excellence in research and education in the field of molecular bioscience and wider life sciences.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.