At a glance

  • Be taught by biochemists, physiologists, pharmacologists and cell biologists, to gain a great breadth of knowledge
  • Pursue exciting opportunities looking into human health and disease within our modern laboratories and in our Medical School
  • Choose from a wide range of optional modules, adapting the course to your interests
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What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level. We investigate the role of macromolecules, such as proteins and DNA, in cell function and the metabolic processes that sustain life. The remarkable advances made in biochemistry in the last few decades have helped us to appreciate that biochemistry lies at the root of all the life sciences. Biochemists research the molecular basis of disease, which now, and in the future, will lead to new treatments for human illness. Because biochemistry underpins so much of modern life science, biochemists find themselves working in the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries, as well as in hospitals, universities and research institutes of all kinds.

Many current advances in biology and medicine rely on the application of biochemical, genetic and physiological methods, generating an increase in national demand for graduates with expertise in biochemistry and molecular genetics. 


How will I study?

Your teaching will take place in a variety of different formats. Lectures are an important part of the biochemistry course. In addition, there are small-group workshops and seminars, plus computer-aided learning, and dedicated internet-based resources.

You will have access to extensive laboratory facilities enabling a wide range of molecular, biochemical, cellular, neurophysiological and behavioural studies to be undertaken.

We adjoin the 1,400-bed Queen's Medical Centre, enabling collaboration with clinical departments, and are linked to University Park Campus by a footbridge.


Assessment is through exams, coursework and research projects. The first year is a qualifying year, which you have to pass but which doesn't count towards your degree. Grades obtained in the following years make up your degree.

BSc or MSci?

The BSc courses will give you a sound understanding of biochemistry and provide you with a variety of employment opportunities, including postgraduate studies. The MSci allows you to further develop and extend your research skills, which will enable you to compete for the best postgraduate positions.

Visit our school website for more details on how you will study.



The broadly based scientific training provided by our degrees offers a diverse choice of career opportunities in areas including biological research, medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and agrochemical science, general chemistry, biochemistry and graduate entry medicine.

In 2017, 96.5% of undergraduates in the school secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,000 with the highest being £41,600.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Study abroad

On some courses there may be an opportunity to take a year out between years two and three to undertake laboratory work in a research institute, hospital or industry either in the UK or abroad – contact the school for details. Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements may be invited to an interview.


Open days

UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held in February and March. For University-wide open days, please visit our open day pages.

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