cold

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biochemistry

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C700

What you'll study

Discover the chemistry behind the complexity of life. We'll supply the expert tutors and facilities including mass spectrometry and microfluidic fabrication.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course.

  • You can add a year’s work placement
  • Extend your study to Masters level with an extra year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

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

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of the cell organisation.Link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways. During practical sessions, you'll learn how to use light microscope, produce clear scientific figures, to measure the size and calculate the number of cells.

  • Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

    Understand core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes to the surprising stability of aromaticity. Acids and bases and analytical chemical methods are examined from a conceptual and mathematical standpoint and all teaching is support by lots of hands-on laboratory experience.

  • Insight into Biochemistry and Scientific Skills

    You will study the key mathematical and scientific concepts needed to flourish in your further studies, and start to develop an understanding of critical biomolecules.

  • Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. You will cover the following topics: gene and chromosome structure, DNA replication, mechanisms of transcription and translation, genetic inheritance, genetic variation, and the principles behind techniques used to analyse the genome.

  • Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

    Explore important topics in inorganic and analytical chemistry that lay the foundations of your future success. It immerses you in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Chemistry's Global Challenge

    In small groups, you will investigate a scientific topic suggested by your tutor. Developing your teamworking skills, you will work towards producing a poster and an audio recording in the style of a radio interview around your topic.

Second year

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

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

    ​Develop your understanding of how genetic information encoded by the DNA is regulated in health and disease. Gain practical laboratory skills as you learn how proteins and biomolecules expressed can be investigated using genomic, proteomic and metabolomic methodologies and how this leads to novel disease therapies.​

  • Synthesis and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes. You'll cover topics such as elemental analysis, 3d versus 4d/5d metals, metal oxides with non-stoichiometric compositions, structure determination of organic compounds, stereochemistry and conformation, and electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

  • Biochemistry and Scientific Skills 1

    This module provides an introduction to cell metabolism, with a particular focus upon prokaryotic cells and the physical chemistry that underpins and drives these metabolic processes. You'll also develop your mathematical and presentation skills.

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Synthesis and Measurement

    This module delivers core organic and analytical chemistry, through both lectures and laboratory work. You’ll explore the following themes: bifunctional chemistry; heteroaromatic chemistry; molecular spectroscopy; and electroanalytical chemistry.

  • Biochemistry and Scientific Skills 2

    Explore a range of key metabolic pathways found in eukaryotic cells, in the context of energy generation and biosynthetic processes. You'll also focus on the regulation of these pathways, biochemical buffering and enzyme kinetics. You'll also develop important professional skills such as molecular modelling approaches, statistical analysis and CV and cover letter writing.

Final year

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

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Reviews in Biochemistry

  • Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. You'll learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy.​

  • Chemical Separation and Characterisation

    Explore structure determination and analytical techniques of x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory, problem solving and advanced laboratory skills. The emphasis is on application of knowledge and problem solving.

  • Biochemistry Group Project

    Work as part of a small group, supported by a supervisor, on a short research project. This may include lab work, field work, and literature research, and be drawn from chemistry, analytical science, biochemistry, or chemical education. You will be assessed by a poster presentation and also by an individual report.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 2

    Develop an insight into state-of-the-art approaches to bio-analysis and forensic analytical sciences. This module covers biosensors and lab-on-a-chip devices, as well as group discussions on recently published scientific articles in the area.

  • Topics in Biochemistry

  • Muscle Fitness and Failure

    This module covers two distinct areas of human biomedical science: the heart and skeletal muscle function. You will study the underlying muscular physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at the cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs new developments in clinical practice.

"I always found biochemistry more interesting than the actual medical sciences and that is why I chose to study biochemistry at Hull."

Sam Rimmer

More about this course

Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. Here, you'll study the fundamentals of chemistry and biology so that you can appreciate the fascinating interface between the two. Our researchers are recognised for their expertise, which feeds straight into your course.

  • 93% of our chemistry graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Our industry-standard resources include mass spectrometry facilities, our own PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Research Centre, laser technology for elemental analysis and microfluidic fabrication capability.

You’ll be taught and inspired by biochemists, chemists and biologists. All 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.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

51%

28%

21%

Second year

58%

17%

25%

Final year

35%

23%

42%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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.

Click to view on Google Maps
Chemistry Hull Campus

Click to view directions on Google Maps

Excellent job prospects - 95.9% of our students are in work or study six months after graduating. (HESA 2018)

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.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have an A level or BTEC in Biology and Chemistry/Applied Science at Grade C/Merit or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points, including 5 in HL Chemistry and Biology
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with minimum of 23 credits at merit including Chemistry/Physical Science modules.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

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.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Our graduates are highly sought-after in the thriving bioscience, biotech and pharmaceutical industries throughout the world because of the emphasis on collaboration and problem solving on our Biochemistry degree.

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.

Our MBiochem courses are designed for students who wish to become professional scientists in academia and industry. They give graduates the very best opportunities for employment and postgraduate study.

There are also plenty of ways you can use a Biochemistry degree in other careers. For example, there are opportunities in the legal and publishing professions which require in-depth scientific knowledge. You’ll also develop skills highly valued by employers which are transferable to almost any profession.