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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.

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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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.

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


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.

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:


  • 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.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Biochemistry - 15 Credits
  • Human Physiology with Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Cell and Microbiology - 15 Credits
  • Practical and Transferable Skills - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 15 Credits
  • Molecular Structure and Reactivity - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Bioscience Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Molecular and Cell Biology - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Immunology - 15 Credits
  • Chemistry and Analytical Science - 30 Credits
  • Metabolic Biochemistry - 15 Credits
  • Regulatory Biochemistry - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Project - 30 Credits
  • Molecular Medicine - 15 Credits
  • Cell Differentiation and Development - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Biochemistry - 30 Credits
  • Applied and Integrated Molecular Science - 15 Credits


  • Year Abroad: Bioscience - 0 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement; Bioscience - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

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

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.

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Other financial support

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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...

2019 entry

104 - 168 UCAS points

Including 2 science GCE A Levels (or equivalent) one of which must be a grade C in Chemistry (acceptable Science A levels are Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Geography, Psychology, ICT, Sports Studies).


BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a minimum DMM profile to include a minimum of 4 chemistry-titled units at merit or above.

Access to Science

Access to Science Diploma with a merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3, 12 of which must be in Chemistry titled modules with a minimum of merit grade.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB offer 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include chemistry and one other Science (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core) Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and double science at grade 4 (C) or above  (or 2 single sciences).

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Find out more about international application requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
23/09/201923/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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23/09/202023/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)