Laboratory staff member Sam Tang helping undergraduates in a chemistry lab session, C10, Chemistry building, University Park. November 5th 2021.Students are John Ventura (left); Sam Tang (middle) and Andrew Laurel (right).

Biochemistry MSci

Medical School Building and University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you interested in life and the human condition?

With practical experience from early term one, you will gain the skills necessary to exploring this exciting topic. You will be trained by tutors who are active in the fields of biochemistry and biology, ensuring that you leave university with the skills needed to be successful in your future career. 

Our biochemists are experts in a wide variety of specialities, including human disease and cancer.

Through optional modules and research projects, you can tailor the course to focus on the specific areas of biochemistry that interest you. As our courses have a similar first year, there are also opportunities to switch to another biochemistry degree path at the end of year one.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Core Skills in Biochemistry

Mandatory

Year 1

Genes, Molecules and Cells

Mandatory

Year 1

Fundamental Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

Optional

Year 1

Life on Earth

Optional

Year 1

Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Optional

Year 1

Human Physiology

Optional

Year 1

Molecules of Life

Mandatory

Year 2

Signalling and Metabolic Regulation

Mandatory

Year 2

Structure Function and Analysis of Genes

Mandatory

Year 2

Higher Skills in Biochemistry

Optional

Year 2

Structure, Function and Analysis of Proteins

Optional

Year 2

Intermediate Organic Spectroscopy and Stereochemistry

Optional

Year 2

From Genotype to Phenotype and Back

Optional

Year 2

Intermediate Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Optional

Year 2

Macromolecules and Macromolecular Assemblies: Structure, Analysis and Advanced Microscopy

Optional

Year 2

Infection and Immunity

Optional

Year 2

Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Mandatory

Year 3

Biochemistry Research Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Molecular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Optional

Year 3

Chemical Biology and Enzymes

Optional

Year 3

Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Microbiology and CRISPR Systems

Optional

Year 3

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Optional

Year 3

The Dynamic Cell

Optional

Year 3

Life History of Proteins

Optional

Year 3

RNA Biology and CRISPR Technology in Cell Function and Disease

Optional

Year 3

Biochemistry of Cancer

Optional

Year 3

Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Presentation Skills

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Project

Mandatory

Year 4

Research Planning and Preparation

Optional

Year 4

Molecular Aspects of Allergy

Optional

Year 4

Process and Practice in Science

Optional

Year 4

Microbial Genetics and Genomics

Optional

Year 4

Molecular Technologies in Complex Diseases

Optional

Year 4

Innate Immune Recognition

Optional

Year 4

Molecular Basis of Genetic Disorders

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

You will study in the Life Sciences Building on University Park Campus and the Medical School, which is embedded in the Queen’s Medical Centre. There is a footbridge linking the Medical School to University Park Campus, allowing easy access to facilities on both sites.

Teaching methods

  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • eLearning

Students must pass Year 1, the qualifying year, to continue their studies. The pass mark is 40%.

In the year 3 (BSc) plan, year 2 contributes 33%, and year 3, 67% of the final degree mark.

In the 4 year (MSci) plan, year 2* contributes 20%, year 3 contributes 40% and year 4 contributes 40%

*55% average is required to remain on this plan and transfer to the BSc is automatic if this is not met.

Exams happen twice a year at the end of each semester.

Find out more about our teaching on our school website

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Lab reports
  • Literature review
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical write-ups
  • Presentation

Core hours of directed learning are 9 am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, with Wednesday afternoon reserved for sports and other societies. Occasionally lectures are held from 5-6 pm. Classes start on the hour and should finish by 45 minutes past the hour, to enable students and staff to get to their next engagement. All lectures are recorded for inclusion and for revision purposes.

Each hour of contact time should be followed with approximately 1-3 hours* of self-directed study. On average there are 20 hours contact time with staff per week.

*increases with progression

On completion of the course, you will have developed a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects of cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Your research skills will be at a level that allows you to compete for the best postgraduate positions. Throughout the course you will have built up a range of transferable skills in presentation, interpretation and criticism of scientific data. These are all skills valued by employers.

Job roles

  • Audit trainee
  • Business analyst
  • Doctor (with a further Graduate Entry Medicine degree)
  • Food analyst
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Medical laboratory analyst
  • Pharmacovigilance services
  • Police constable
  • Other management roles
  • Scientist within the biotechnology sector
  • Scientific communication
  • Technical assistant
  • Trainee cellular pathologist
  • Teacher

Find out more about the career options available to biochemistry graduates, including recent Nottingham graduate destinations by visiting our careers page.

Average starting salary and career progression

93.90% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £28,993.


HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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Open Day June 2022