Sam Rimmer

Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Biochemistry

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

Biochemistry is the bridge between biology and chemistry, and is the basis of all life. Our degree will extend your knowledge of the complex chemical reactions between molecules in biological systems. You’ll develop technical and scientific skills through a combination of practical classes and laboratory experience, and specialist training in research skills and critical thinking.

The state-of-the-art Allam Building, which links our biology and chemistry departments, is at the heart of biochemistry at Hull. You will be taught by biochemists, chemists and biologists – leaders in their fields, from researchers in medical imaging, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, wound healing and cancer, to experts in lab-on-a-chip miniaturised biochemistry.

What you'll study

You’ll learn through a combination of practical classes, workshops, tutorials, masterclasses and lectures. You’ll work independently and within small groups to undertake research and problem-solving tasks. The culmination of the programme is an independent research project, where you’ll write a dissertation to present your results.

Core module

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Research Project

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Recent Developments in Biochemistry

    This module develops your understanding of omics technologies in a biochemical context, including their application to research questions and validation of findings.

  • Preparation for Research for Biochemists

  • Advanced Research Topics in Biochemistry

  • Literature Review and Preparation for Project

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer

    This module covers the cellular and molecular basis of cancer. Topics covered include the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer, basic components of carcinogenesis, as well as specialist lectures in the areas of cancer diagnosis, and molecular diagnostic imaging.

  • Advanced Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

  • Treatment of Cancer

    This module aims to give you an overview of how cancer is currently treated in the clinic. It will cover surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as new developments in targeted therapy, with special attention to the biology that drives tumour responses to therapy.

  • Diseases in Biomedicine

    Research in biomedical science underpins our understanding of many human diseases, and provides insight into their effective management and treatment. You'll study selected areas of cardiovascular events, haematological diseases, and explore the role of imaging technologies in the study and diagnosis of disease.

  • Infection and Immunity

    Infections are accountable for many deaths around the world and our immune system critically fights against infecting pathogens. This module explores the overlap between the fields of microbiology and immunology, focusing primarily on pathogen-host interactions, the immune response to infection, pathogenesis, and the mechanisms involved in protection against infection and vaccination. 

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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“The supervisors at the University of Hull are excellent, always making time for students. There are plenty of opportunities to present your work here as well as at other universities, which helps grow your professional network."

David Miller-Shakesby, PhD Chemistry, MChem Chemistry

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Be inspired by leaders in the field including members of the team that gave the world LCD displays.

Cutting-edge facilities include synthesis laboratories, a state-of-the-art microscopy suite, NMR, microfluidic fabrication facilities and mass spectrometry facilities.

Industry links include projects with AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, RB (formerly Reckitt-Benckiser), Schlumberger and Unilever.

In the latest national assessment of research, 79% of our outputs were classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in biochemistry or related subjects (e.g. chemistry, biological chemistry, biomedical sciences, toxicology, pharmacology, etc.). 

For applicants who have not studied a biochemistry degree, we would need to ascertain their knowledge of chemistry prior to admission. We encourage you to submit your application for assessment. 

Applications from prospective students with significant prior experience will also be considered. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may apply, as appropriate experience will be taken into account.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This MSc will develop your technical and scientific skills to prepare you for future specialist employment. Potential career options could include: analytical chemist, clinical research associate, forensic scientist and toxicology – to name just a few.

You will receive excellent training in fundamental scientific principles, laboratory work, teamwork, organisational skills and computing skills. It is these invaluable qualities that make our graduates so attractive to the job market as a whole.