About the course

Biochemistry is the study of the fundamental processes of life. Biochemists seek to answer questions about life, health, disease, the natural environment, and materials and compounds, using scientific techniques developed in chemistry and biology. After an initial grounding in chemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology and human physiology, you’ll learn the complex biochemical processes that underpin the very latest discoveries. Explore how biochemistry affects the quality of people’s lives, from the discovery of new drugs and the design of medical treatments to the industrialisation of laboratory processes. Our strong links with industry offer you fantastic opportunities to gain valuable experience during your placement year. This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Bioscience (Biochemistry)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Bioscience (Biochemistry)

Why choose this course?

  • Biochemistry is the scientific study of the chemistry of living cells, tissues, organs and organisms.
  • On this degree programme you will study how biochemistry affects our lives, from the discovery of new drugs and the design of new medical treatments , to the industrialisation of laboratory processes.
  • Our links with industry provide you with fantastic opportunities to gain valuable experience in the biosciences industry during the placement year.

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Professional Accreditations

Eligible for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry on graduation. All Biosciences graduates in Biochemistry are eligible for the Royal Society of Biology.

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Course details

Careers

Our Biosciences graduates are highly sought after by employers in the industry due to the reputation of our teaching, the vocational element to our degrees and the fact that many of our students already have a year's work experience when they graduate which they gained in the sandwich year. Graduates can find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries as well as in industrial, academic and charity funded research. Some graduates also go on to work in health care and environment agencies.

Typical job titles of recent graduates:

  • Trainee Biomedical Scientist,,
  • Clinical Trials Associate,
  • Drug Safety Coordinator,
  • Medical Representative,
  • Lab Scientist,
  • Microbiologist,
  • Research Assistant,
  • Tissue Culture Technologist,
  • Donor Transplant Assistant.

Typical employers of recent graduates:

  • Pfizer,
  • Denfleet Pharma Ltd,
  • Health Protection Agency,
  • GlaxoSmithKline,
  • AstraZeneca,
  • NHS Trusts
  • Lark Technology.

What job can I get?

Our graduates are highly sought after. They find employment in the pharmaceutical, food and drink, agrochemical and biotechnology industries, as well as in industrial, academic and charity-funded research. Jobs include drug safety coordinator, lab scientist, microbiologist, research assistant and donor transplant assistant.

Teaching methods

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Part-time study
If you are studying part-time you will have up to 7 years to complete your course from registration. You will complete 60 credits per year and the modules you will study each year will depend on how they fit together on the timetable.  For some modules there are several sessions run for each workshop and practical.  As a part-time student you will be able to choose the slots that fit best with when you are at the University for other teaching sessions

Work Placement

All Biosciences students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study overseas in Europe or North America during their 3rd year.

Work placements

Work placements are usually paid. Current employers and job titles are listed below:

  • GlaxoSmithKline: Data Management - Uxbridge,
  • Guy's Hospital: Drug Research Unit - London,
  • Imperial College: Toxicology Unit, Faculty of Medicine - London,
  • Medical Research Council - Mill Hill,
  • Medifix Adhesive Products - Luton,
  • Mount Vernon hospital: Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust Institute of Reconstructive, Plastic and Burns Surgery Research - Middlesex ,
  • MRC: Human Genome Project - Hinxton,
  • National Biological Standards Board - Potter's Bar,
  • Roche UK - Welwyn Garden City,
  • St. Bartholomew's & The Royal London: School of Medicine - London and St.George Medical School - London,
  • St.George's Hospital: Analytical Unit - London,
  • Syngenta Seeds - Cambridge,
  • University of Hertfordshire: Biodeterioration Centre - Hatfield.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Our overseas partners include:

Europe:

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles - Brussels, Belgium,
  • Universidad de Alcalá de Henarez - Madrid, Spain,
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio De Murcia, Spain,
  • Linkping Universitetet - Linkping, Sweden,
  • Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen - Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

North America:

  • Bemidji State University - USA,
  • Bishops University, Canada,
  • Central Connecticut State University - USA,
  • Concordia University, Canada,
  • Ecole Polytechnique - Canada,
  • ETS - Canada,
  • Kansas State University - USA,
  • Laval University - Canada,
  • McGill University - Canada,
  • Oklahoma State University - USA,
  • Sherbrooke University - Canada,
  • University of Missouri at Rolla - USA,
  • University of Montreal - Canada,
  • University of Oklahoma - USA,
  • University of Toledo - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Au Claire - USA,
  • University of Wisconsin at Whitewater - USA,
  • UQTR - Canada,
  • West Virginia University - USA.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Human Physiology with Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practical and Transferable Skills 30 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Biology and Genetics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Structure and Reactivity 15 Credits Compulsory
    Core Biochemistry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell and Microbiology 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Bioscience Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Immunology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genes and Genomes 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell and Molecular Biology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Chemistry and Analytical Science 30 Credits Compulsory
    Bioscience Work Experience 15 Credits Optional
    Biochemistry 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Molecular Medicine 15 Credits Compulsory
    Cell Differentiation and Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied and Integrated Molecular Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Biochemistry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad: Bioscience 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Placement; Bioscience 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year
    • £30 deposit for chemistry locker covering years 1 and 2 of study – refundable
    • There are no other compulsory additional expenses for this course. Where you will use an EVS handset, Lab coats and log books, these will be provided as part of your course fees.

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    112BBC: Including 2 Science A levels including C grade or above in Chemistry (acceptable Science A levels are Human Biology, Biology, Psychology, Geography, Maths, Physics, ICT and Sports Studies.DMM: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a minimum DMM profile to include a minimum of 4 chemistry-titled units at merit or above.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202123/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    23/09/202123/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students