Biochemistry Degrees

Our Biochemistry degrees are standard 3 year degrees, whereas the 4 year MSci degrees provide a Masters qualification and include an 8 month advanced research project.

We offer the following Biochemistry courses:

What can I do with a Biochemistry Degree?

Most of our Biochemistry graduates find employment in professions related to their training in biochemistry and molecular biology. MSci students are particularly well equipped to progress onto PhD programmes and subsequently onto careers in medical research, industrial R&D or academia. A genetics degree is also good preparation to be a teacher, Graduate Entry Medicine, or a clinical scientist. Many of our graduates find employment in international organisations, including major pharmaceutical companies and the biotechnology sector.

Biochemistry Degree programmes

For both the 3 year BSc and 4 year MSci degrees, there are the options of Biochemistry or Medical Biochemistry, the latter offering more biomedical content. We also offer joint BSc/MSci degrees with Genetics. Together with single or joint honours Genetics or Medical Genetics, these degrees encompass what is termed molecular biology and due to overlap in the first year of study, students who are undecided about their area of specialisation can easily transfer between degree schemes. Particularly in the latter stages, the content of the degrees reflects the research strengths of internationally recognised scientists who are part of the Medical School and who are engaged in the teaching programmes, embracing areas such as pharmacology and drug discovery, metabolic disorders associated with disease, microbiology, biotechnology, and advanced analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry


Biochemistry Course content

The programme is made up of modules that cover a broad range of topics. A key aim is to provide students with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving, and analytical skills. This is achieved through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, and practical classes. Self-tuition packages and simulation software are available for students to gain additional experience of biochemical techniques. Modules on specific topics have associated practical classes or computer-based activities.

Research Project

Our Biochemistry students undertake 3-4 month research projects in Year 3, alongside attending lectures and tutorials. In contrast, MSci students commit to an 8 month advanced research project in their 4th year, with their time almost exclusively allocated to this activity. Projects are undertaken in state-of-the-art facilities, recently ranked as the best in the UK by the REF. These facilities include automated equipment and robots for analysing biochemical metabolites from cells, protein interactions, and mass spectrometry.

There are excellent image analysis facilities for molecular or cellular studies, and computer resources for bioinformatics research. Students gain hand-on experience in the use of these facilities, being trained to work as independent scientists. In many examples, research undertaken by our undergraduate students has contributed towards scientific publications in high quality science journals, with the contributions being recognised by inclusion of the student as an author.