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Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

University of East Anglia via FutureLearn



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.

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.

Taught by

Richard Bowater

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  • Sulocchana

    Sulocchana completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Biochemistry (bio means life , so biochemistry is a chemistry of life) is the application of chemistry to study the cellular, molecular level. It can be act as basic principles of chemistry and physical characteristics of metabolic reaction for all living organisms.
    The molecular process can be helped to replication of genes. There process are known as molecular biology or molecular biochemistry.
    Molecular Biochemistry involved to analysis of chemical process of living organisms. Molecular Biochemistry focused on micromolecules. Molecular biology it's most important to our life
  • Desu Desu completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The description of the course fits the contents quite nicely, so read the description before taking it. I haven't read the course's description properly and hadn't researched other courses in the subject, so now I wish I would have taken MIT course via...
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