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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

Entry requirements

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

    Cell Structure and Function

    Gain a basic understanding of cell organisation. Learn how to use a light microscope and link the structure and function of the major cellular organelles to basic biochemical pathways.

    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

    Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

    Gain practical laboratory skills as you develop your understanding of how genetic information encoded by the DNA is regulated in health and disease. 

    Synthesis 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. 

    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.​

    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. 

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Reviews in Biochemistry

    ​This module develops your critical analysis and scientific reading and writing skills, as well as developing your interest and understanding of a detailed topic in biochemistry.​

    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.

    Chemical Separation and Characterisation

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

    Biochemistry Group Project

    Work as part of a small group supported by a supervisor on a short research project. This can be drawn from chemistry, analytical science, biochemistry, or chemical education. 

    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.

  • Optional

    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.

    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. 

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.

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.

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 £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.

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)