Until 2011/2012 academic year, the Department offered a two-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. In 2011/2012, the BSc Biochemistry programme which will face out in 2012/2013 was replace by the new BSc Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology programme. The Department is also developing a programme in BSc Biochemistry and Forensic Science.
Whereas, the BSc Biochemistry programme concentrates on topics in General Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the BSc Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology is designed to provide strong theoretical and laboratory background in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology and is guided by recent advances in the life sciences. It is a unique programme in the Biological/Life sciences that is different from Biochemistry programmes in other Universities in the Country since it combines the key elements of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology.
Unique selling points of our BSc programme:
(i) increase employment prospects,
(ii) develop a bioscience research culture,
(iii) projects the role of Biochemistry in environmental and health issues,
(iv) provide a strong background of knowledge, practical skills and experience in many of the Life Sciences.
Programme of study leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology:
Duration: The programme will run for a minimum of three years (levels 200 to 400)
Scope: It will cover topics in General Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. As a result, sub-degree and degree programmes in Forensic Science, Biochemical Laboratory Technology and other courses for continuous professional development will be proposed.
Degree title: The degree to be awarded is “BSc Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology”.
Requirements for award of BSc degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
A student shall be deemed to have qualified for the award of BSc in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology if:
- He/she has satisfied all General University and Faculty requirements;
- He/she has passed all the prescribed CORE courses.
The Department of Biochemistry offers research-based Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Biochemistry. Currently, there is no specialization at the postgraduate level. However, graduate students can take up research in areas that may be relevant to their future career prospects.
These includes: General Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Virology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Chemical Biology, Proteomics, Genomics, Toxicology, Biotechnology.
Starting from 2012/2013 academic year, the Department will have on offer the following postgraduate/graduate programmes:
- MSc Biochemistry,
- MPhil Biochemistry,
- MPhil Molecular Biology
- PhD Biochemistry.
- In addition, there is a proposal for MSc in Forensic Biochemistry.