Overview


Our Biochemistry degree course is ranked 2nd in the UK out of Russell Group Universities scoring 95% overall satisfaction.

Biochemistry is a practical laboratory science that applies the molecular approaches of chemistry to the vast variety of biological systems, providing an understanding of every aspect of the structure and function of living things at a molecular level.

If you choose to study biochemistry, not only will you graduate with strong career options in an expanding industry, you will also develop an expanding knowledge in a subject that has an enormous impact on modern life. From understanding diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, to revolutionising forensics through the development of DNA-fingerprinting, biochemistry sits at the heart of modern bioscience in society.

Our Biochemistry programme integrates practicals, tutorials and lectures to deliver a course that will develop your knowledge from basic principles to the latest cutting edge developments in biochemistry. It is designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a professional scientist in industry or academia, or wishing to prepare for a PhD. This four year option offers a route to acquire additional specialisation and scientific experience, with a focus on extended research training.

Accreditation

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 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.

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Student Profile

BSc Biochemistry

"Leeds also offers ample opportunities for their students to get involved in research, through internships and final year lab projects."
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Gemma Swinscoe , BSc Biochemistry


Course content: Biochemistry MBiol, BSc

Year one of the Biochemistry programme provides you with an integrated foundation to the subject including the key elements of biochemistry, chemistry and molecular biology. The focus will be on the molecules and processes of life and you will attend lectures in “hot topics” given by Faculty experts and invited external speakers which will introduce you to cutting edge research.

In year two, the programme focuses on more in-depth studies of the major areas that underpin modern biochemistry. Tutorials will emphasise data analysis, problem solving and the interpretation of research literature, whilst practicals will see you take more responsibility in experimental design.

With a greater focus on research, the MBiol will offer research preparation modules in third year as well as Masters level modules and an extended research project in your fourth year.


Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Introductory Integrated Biochemistry: the Molecules and Processes of Life 60 credits
Introductory Biochemistry: Practical Skills 20 credits
Introductory Biochemistry: Problem Solving and Data Handling 20 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

How can Biological Sciences change the world 10 credits
Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Introduction to Microbiology 10 credits
Introduction to Immunology 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

Intermediate Integrated Biochemistry 60 credits
Intermediate Biochemistry: Practicals 20 credits
Intermediate Biochemistry: Skills 20 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

Exercise Biochemistry 10 credits
Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
Chemotherapy 10 credits
Introduction to Toxicology 10 credits
Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University 10 credits
Medical Immunology 10 credits
Medical Virology 10 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Advanced Topics in Biochemistry I 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 2 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3 20 credits
Advanced Biochemistry: Skills 20 credits
Research Tools and Applications 20 credits
Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits

Year 4

COMPULSORY MODULES

Extended Research Project 80 credits
Specialised Research Topics and Skills 20 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

Bioimaging 10 credits
Topics in Plant Science 10 credits
Practical Bioinformatics 10 credits
Tissue Engineering 10 credits
Plant Biotechnology 10 credits
Molecular Diagnostics and Drug Delivery 10 credits
High-throughput Technologies 10 credits
Medical Diagnostics 10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biochemistry MBiol, BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Biochemistry MBiol, BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

Including Chemistry and another science subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science- related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

We do not accept Access to HE.

BTEC

We do not accept BTEC qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Chemistry plus another science subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Chemistry and another science at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAB including an A in higher level Chemistry and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: AAA including Chemistry and another science subject.

Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA including Chemistry and another science subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £21,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities: Biochemistry MBiol, BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.


Over the past 100 years, biochemists have been responsible for the huge number of important scientific breakthroughs that have helped to develop our understanding of living organisms. These dicoveries have had a big impact on many areas of science, including biotechnology, agriculture, veterinary science and medicine.

Biochemistry graduates find employment in the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries, where the development of new, green biocatalysts and the continuing expansion in nanotechnology, synthetic biology and tissue engineering promises excellent and exciting opportunities for many years to come.

Our graduates provide attributes that are sought after in many other professional settings such as cancer research, vaccine and drug development, tackling infectious diseases, biotechnology and crop improvement.

Biochemistry graduates find themselves with excellent graduate prospects. 97% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14). This makes for an attractive course for those pursuing a career in the ever developing field of biochemistry.

Careers support

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Industrial placements are typically taken between your third and final year. This will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.