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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. 95% 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

    Microbiology

    How does microbiology govern our world? In this module you will learn the basic principles of microbiology before exploring the interplay between microbes, ourselves, and the wider environment.

    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

    Begin to understand the core principles of organic chemistry from alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, including conjugated alkenes, as well as the importance of analytical chemistry – all accompanied by lots of hands-on laboratory experience.

    Principles of Genetics

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

    Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry

  • Optional

    Evolution

    Why did sex evolve? Why do we die? What is a species? How can evolutionary medicine help us? This module will provide you with an understanding of how life on earth came to be what it is, from genes to species. Without evolution, nothing in Biology makes sense.

    Human Physiology

    Explore topics including the circulatory system, blood and cardiac and skeletal muscles; the nervous system; reproduction; respiration; the gastro-intestinal system; and the endocrine system.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Mass Spectrometry and Protein Bioinformatics

    What is mass spectrometry? How is it useful in biology? How can we use technology to model and predict protein structure? In this module, you will develop a deeper understanding by getting stuck in within our state-of-the-art mass spectrometry facility and using a wide variety of techniques to aid understanding. 

    Metabolism

    Examine the biological processes that allow the ‘symphony of life’ to occur. Understanding key metabolic concepts will further your understanding of biology itself, from human disease to the flow of energy through ecological systems so will feed in well with the other modules available to study.

    Genetic Analysis

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

    Protein Biochemistry

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

    Cellular Regulation and Biotechnology

    This module will explore the inner workings of the cell, and how our understanding of cell biology can be used in biotechnology. We will consider a range of human, animal, microbial and plant based signalling systems, as well as core techniques.

    50% of the module will be based around a lab based project using fluorescent reporter proteins (e.g. GFP). The module will also support you in reading and critically evaluating research papers.

  • Optional

    Molecular Evolution and Genomics

    This module will focus on the big topics in molecular evolution. What do genomes contain and why? How do we build trees from DNA sequences? How can recombination or gene duplication or transposons lead to adaptation? How do we detect selection in the human genome? We’ll cover these in theory and in practice with some fascinating examples from nature.

    Biological Basis of Disease

    In this module, you will gain an understanding of the biological, biochemical and genetic basis of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Ecotoxicology

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

  • Core (select one)

    Final Year Projects

    Show off what you have learned across your degree! Undertake traditional research-based projects with experts in subjects like climate change, or try something a bit different like creating a documentary on shark attacks. Whatever you choose, it will be something that takes pride of place on your CV.

     

    Biology in Education

    Thinking about teaching as a career? Undertake placements in local schools and deliver your own science lesson.

    Microbial Genomics Project

    Discussions in Biochemistry

  • Optional

    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.

    Human Genetics

    Examine human disease and the underlying genetic causes. Learn about cytogenetics and genetic counselling, as well as the inheritance of recessive and dominant diseases.

    Sensory Physiology of Animals

    Discover the fascinating world of animal communication to learn how sensory systems control behaviour, and how this is applied to and affected by human activity, including climate change.

    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.

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

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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 B/Merit or above. Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 30 points, including 6 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.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a 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

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£18,300 per year

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.

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

The fees shown are for 2022 entry. The fees for 2023 have not yet been confirmed and may increase.

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

*Percentage of students in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2017/18, published by HESA 2020.

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