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BSc Biochemistry (C700)

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  • Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Length: 3 years
  • Institution code: Q50
  • Contact:
  • +44(0) 207 882 3096

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 department page.

  • A-levels: Typically ABB and above at A2 level from three subjects including Chemistry, however, we consider applications with BBB in Chemistry and two other subjects of Biology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Geography
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall including grade 5 in Chemistry (Higher Level)
  • BTEC: We do not accept BTEC qualifications
  • Access to HE Diploma: We will consider applications from students with the Access to HE Diploma (60 credit in a Science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics). We take all aspects of your UCAS application into careful consideration; we look at the merits of your personal statement, academic reference, predicted grades and actual grades, and, due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers purely on the basis of meeting the grade requirements. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve an overall Pass, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
    All applications are considered by our admissions tutors on a case by case basis, and this may mean we would request an interview.

Visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to our commonly received queries about entry requirements.

Non-UK students

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.

Foundation programme

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.

Other qualifications

If you have qualifications which are not listed above please contact us to check your eligibility: 

Tel: +44(0) 207 882 3096 / +44(0) 207 882 7902

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

Progression onto MSci Biochemistry

It is possible for BSc Biochemistry students to be promoted on to the four year MSci programme in biochemistry. This is permitted only during semester A or B of your 2nd or 3rd year of study.

The criteria for promotion are:

  • Transfer during 2nd year requires: Students must achieve a mean of at least 60 % overall in their first year and pass 105 module credits, out of 120 credits
  • Transfer during 3rd year requires: Students must achieve a mean of at least 60 % overall in their first year and pass 210 modules credit out of 240 credits.

If you are interested in swapping to the MSci option you should speak with your personal academic advisor for further advice (every student is assigned an advisor once they start with us).

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

Visit the College's application advice pages or email:

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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