Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine BSc

Medical School Building and University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview 

In Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine BSc you will learn how to expertly link knowledge of the molecular fundamentals of life to the human condition and use this knowledge in the development of modern medicines.

With this degree you will develop biomedical expertise alongside core biochemistry techniques.  Biochemistry is the scientific basis for a majority of medical knowledge and advances in understanding, diagnosing and treating disease.

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

Structure Function and Analysis of Genes

Mandatory

Year 2

Signalling and Metabolic Regulation

Mandatory

Year 2

Structure, Function and Analysis of Proteins

Mandatory

Year 2

Higher Skills in Biochemistry

Optional

Year 2

From Genotype to Phenotype and Back

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

Optional

Year 2

Neurobiology of Disease

Mandatory

Year 3

Biochemistry Research Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Molecular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Virology and Pathogenesis

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

Biochemistry of Cancer

Optional

Year 3

RNA Biology and CRISPR Technology in Cell Function and Disease

Optional

Year 3

RNA Biology and CRISPR Technology in cell function and disease

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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 Thursday 15 February 2024.

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

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

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.

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.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Cambridge Bioscience: technical sales (medical research)
  • EY: audit trainee
  • Essex and Suffolk Water: water quality scientist
    Inpharmation: business development consultant (pharmaceuticals)
  • NHS: biomedical scientist
  • Retroscreen Virology Ltd: project administrator (medical research)
  • Succinct: assistant editor (media and communications)
  • Vectura: scientist (pharmaceutical industry)

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).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

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