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BSc Biochemistry (C700)

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  • Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Length: 3 years
  • Institution Code: Q50
  • Contact:
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Students will explore the captivating mechanisms of the living world in incredible detail with tuition from world-leading researchers in both biology and chemistry. You will study the ways in which both disciplines interact in living organisms, and learn how this underpins our understanding of biological and medical science. 

The application of molecular concepts to complex biological systems is at the cutting edge of science in the twenty-first century. Students will be instructed on the key biochemical concepts and the chemistry that underpins them. You will also be taught the real-world applications of these principals in fields such as biotechnology and medicine. 

Our programme combines biology and chemistry to explain the intricate processes of organisms at a molecular level. You will divide your time between chemistry and biology, although the balance can be adjusted to suit your interests.

Research and teaching

By choosing to study at a Russell Group university, you will have access to excellent teaching and top class research. You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research, who are enthusiastic about their subjects and sharing their knowledge with you. 

You can find out more about our research interests on the chemistry and biochemistry division pages.

  • A-levels: ABB at A2 level from three subjects including Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall including grade 5 in Chemistry (Higher Level). 
  • BTEC National Diploma (18 unit): In the range of D*DD-DDD
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credit in a Science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics): Overall Pass, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. 
  • Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score. The university provides guidelines for English requirements for all degree programmes. 

Students may enter this degree programme via admission to the QMUL Science and Engineering Foundation Programme. Students must complete the foundation year and meet the required progression criteria.


Year 1

Required modules
  • Practical and analytical biochemistry
  • Cell biology and physiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Fundamentals of Organic chemistry

Year 2

Required modules

  • Techniques for biological and chemical sciences 
  • Cell biology and developmental genetics
  • Biochemistry communication
  • Membrane and cellular biochemistry
  • Metabolic pathways
  • Microbial physiology and growth

Optional modules

  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Structure and reactivity in organic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Genes and bioinformatics
  • Basic immunology

Year 3

Required modules

  • Membrane proteins
  • Molecular basis of disease
  • Enzyme catalysis
  • Protein structure, folding and assemblies

All final year students must complete one of the following: 

  • Investigative project
  • Biological sciences research project 
  • Project skills in the life sciences

Optional modules

  • Neuroscience: From molecules to behaviour
  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Human genetics and genomics

You can apply for this course on our BSc Biochemistry UCAS page.

All applications for undergraduate degree courses at Queen Mary, including those from mature students, should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at:

 For information about: 

  • The UCAS application process 
  • Applying to us through UCAS Extra 
  • Applications from international students 
  • Study abroad (incoming) applications 

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Employers specifically target Russell Group universities because of the calibre of these institutions' graduates and, as a result, over 90% of our 2013 graduates are employed or in further study.

Some of our graduates will continue with a career in research either: 

  • Within a university, opting for postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level; 
  • In the laboratory of a commercial company developing products such as pharmaceuticals;
  • In a government-run laboratory; 
  • In a hospital; 
  • Or in the public health service.

Recent graduates of this programme have moved into a wide range of careers including:

  • Biochemist at the National Blood Service
  • Dispensing optician
  • Medical scientist
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Hospital intern at Queen Elizabeth Hopsital
  • Laboratory technician
  • Finance and investment analyst
  • Intern in a cardiac research department
  • Aircraft engineer
  • Data analyst for a cosmetic graduates


  • Early in the twentieth century Queen Mary obtained the People’s Palace's Rotunda (now the Octagon) and rooms under the winter gardens and turned them into chemical laboratories. 
  • The College suffered considerable bomb damage during World War II and had to rebuild the biology and chemistry buildings. 
  • In 1964, we became the first UK University to build a nuclear reactor. 

For decades, we have been committed to providing our staff and students with the best facilities for teaching and research. The Faculty of Science and Engineering has recently committed to an investment of over £25 million into its buildings, equipment and teaching practices to ensure that our students are taught using the most advanced teaching methods in first-class laboratories. 

We have excellent facilities in our state-of-the-art Joseph Priestley Building, housing a range of analytical and spectroscopic facilities commensurate with contemporary research. 


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