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Undergraduate

BSc Biochemistry

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

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

C700

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Start date

Course overview

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

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.

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.

Six reasons to study Biochemistry at Hull

  1. 93% graduate employability rating*
  2. Benefit from industry-standard facilities
  3. Be inspired by leaders in the field†
  4. Strong industry links
  5. Hands-on experience of the latest research tools
  6. Long-standing placement programme

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Cells and Organelles

    Explore the fascinating inner workings of cells, giving you a foundation in areas such as cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry. 

    Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

    Come to understand core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes to the surprising stability of aromaticity - with lots of hands-on laboratory experience. 

    Insight into Biochemistry and Scientific Skills

    You'll develop essential mathematical, scientific and practical skills needed to flourish in your degree, as well as developing your understanding of contemporary biochemistry.

    Principles of Genetics

    Explore core genetic concepts leading to an understanding of how genetics underlies the biological and molecular traits observed in organisms. 

    Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

    Immerse yourself in the exciting world of transition metal chemistry, inorganic solids and the identification of unknown organic compounds by spectroscopy. 

    Protein Biochemistry

    Discover the fundamental biochemistry underpinning protein structure and function in biological systems, including their interaction with other biological macromolecules.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Genetic Analysis

    You'll take a  problem-based approach to understanding modern molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. 

    Synthesis, Structure and Analysis

    Develop insight in analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry through a combination of lectures, workshops and laboratory classes.

    Biochemistry and Professional Skills 1

    This module provides an introduction to cell metabolism, with a focus upon prokaryotic cells and the physical chemistry that underpins and drives these metabolic processes. 

    Synthesis and Measurement

    You’ll explore bifunctional chemistry, heteroaromatic chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and electroanalytical chemistry through both lectures and laboratory work. 

    Biochemistry and Professional Skills 2

    Explore a range of key metabolic pathways found in eukaryotic cells in the context of energy generation and biosynthetic processes. 

  • Molecular Cell Biology

    ​Discover the important role histopathology plays in the diagnosis of disease, prognosis and treatment. Explore the journey that tissue biopsies take from the patient to the microscope.​

    Green Planet

    Discover the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Chemical Separation and Characterisation

    Explore the structure determination and analytical techniques of X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and separation science in theory.

    Concepts in Pharmacology

    Use your knowledge of biochemistry to explore the metabolic and functional fates of xenobiotic compounds, and study the biochemical tools used to assess drug action.

    Structured Research Project

    Undertake a collaborative research project, working with a team of other students to investigate research questions relevant to your degree.

  • Optional

    Lab on a Chip and Advanced Analysis

    This module will introduce you to state of the art analytical science techniques such as biosensors, lab on a chip, process analysis and quality assurance.

    Muscle Fitness and Failure

    You'll study physiology and pathophysiology during muscle failure at cellular and biochemical level. You'll also explore how cardiovascular research informs clinical practice. 

    Clinical Biochemistry

    In this module, you will gain knowledge about theoretical and practical aspects of routine clinical biochemistry analysis, including contact with NHS clinical biochemists.

    Ecotoxicology

    ​Study the impacts of pollutants and ocean acidification on aquatic organisms at the molecular and cellular level.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

396 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

804 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

51%
28%
21%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

312 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

888 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

58%
17%
25%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

180 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,020 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

39%
16%
45%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Sam Rimmer Biochemistry

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

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Benefit from continuing investment in chemistry including new resources in laser technology for elemental analysis and a microfluidic fabrication capability. 

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£17,200 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 £9,203 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.

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. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

Find out more

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Industrial biochemist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Biochemistry researcher
  • Pharmaceutical scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Teacher

Our graduates are highly sought after by the bioscience industry, as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, because of our degrees’ emphasis on collaboration and problem solving.

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*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†79% of our chemistry research and 87% of our health research was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014)