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Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Overview

This course combines the fields of biology and chemistry. Students of Biochemistry have to understand both the living world and the chemical world. Even if your desire is not to become a biochemist, you'll still have to understand atoms and molecules as a student of biology. This course will expose students to the chemistry of the living world. Students will have a firm foundation in the structure and function of major biomolecules and how technology is used to organise and regulate major metabolic processes.

Entry Level

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • PhD

Entry Mode

This programme is widely taught as full time and part-time at most levels.

General Entry Requirements

Subject-Specific Requirements

Prior qualification in General Science (with emphasis in Biology and Chemistry) is necessary for enrollment on this course.

WASSCE Entry requirements

Core: Credit passes (C6) in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies Electives: Credit passes (C6) in any three elective subjects

American High School Grade 12

An applicant for admission to a degree programme in Ghana must have a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0 *Admissions will be to Level 100.

GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels

Applicants must have three relevant subjects at the Cambridge ‘A’ Levels. In addition, they must have at least five (5) passes including English and Mathematics at the Cambridge ‘O’ Level. *Most universities in Ghana welcome applications from students who follow the IB Diploma Programme and meet the following college requirements. Admissions will be to Level 100.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects. In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

Mature

• Must be, at least, 25 years by (*certain date). • Should have a minimum of GCE/SSSCE/WASSCE Certificate or an equivalent qualification. • Must pass a University Entrance Exam or aptitude test in Math and English.

Postgraduate

Masters (MPhil, MA, MSc) A good first degree (at least a second class lower division) in a relevant field of study at any recognised University. 

PhD 

Normally a Master’s degree with research in the relevant field will be required for admission to this programme. Where an applicant is judged to have any deficiency, this may be remedied by requiring the applicant to make up as appropriate either by course work or mini-project or both. 

How Programme Is Assessed

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: quizzes/interim/mid-semester tests, and project works completed throughout the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between universities, subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Most degree projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation during your final year of study.

Where This Degree Will Take You?

  • Analytical Chemist.
  • Biomedical Scientist.
  • Healthcare Scientist, 
  • Clinical Biochemist.
  • Clinical Research Associate.
  • Forensic Scientist.
  • Research Scientist (Life Science)
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician.
  • Toxicologist.

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