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
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.
Discover the fundamental biochemistry underpinning protein structure and function in biological systems, including their interaction with other biological macromolecules.
Second year modules
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.
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
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.
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.
In this module, you will gain knowledge about theoretical and practical aspects of routine clinical biochemistry analysis, including contact with NHS clinical biochemists.
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.