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Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C700

Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of biochemistry. Explore the interface between biology and chemistry on a degree which combines teaching with extensive practical work in state-of-the-art facilities.


Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC - BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Biology and Biosciences
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Biology
A student wearing a lab coat works with vials in one of our laboratory spaces.

Discover how chemical processes are regulated. Explore the interface between biology and chemistry through a combination of teaching and extensive practical work. Build your skills as a research scientist on this BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree.

Practical experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories, developing skills that are widely used in the industry, will give you a strong grounding for future employment. They will develop your logic, as well as your organisational skills, while ensuring that you work productively both within a group or as an individual.

You can tailor the degree to your interests through a number of optional modules, as well as undertake a significant research project during your final year. This will investigate a previously unanswered question and will allow you to fully exercise your skills, knowledge and scientific curiosity.

Course features

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Fieldwork

  • Learn a language option available

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Year 1 enables you to build a strong foundation in cell biology, organic chemistry and genetics. You will also be introduced to the research process in our Biology in Practice module. This will involve carrying out your first research project as part of a field trip. Optional modules provide an opportunity to study biodiversity, ecology, human anatomy and physiology or a language.

Compulsory modules:

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Biology in Practice
Chemistry for Biologists
Genetics and Evolution
Introduction to Cell Biology

Two of:

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Anatomy and Physiology
Language 1
Organic Chemistry

Year 2 develops your understanding of specific fields of biochemistry, including metabolism, kinetics and the techniques used in biochemistry. Optional module choices provide the opportunity to study disease, immunology, nutrition and molecular genetics. Advanced research skills will also be developed as part of a group project. On completion of Year 2, you will also have the option of undertaking a 12-month placement abroad.

Compulsory modules:

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Research Methods in Biology
Reaction Kinetics
Techniques in Biochemistry
Biochemistry and Metabolism

Two of:

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Molecular Genetics
Introduction to Biotechnology
Plant Form and Physiology
Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Language 2

Year 3 focuses on areas such as clinical biochemistry or plant and environmental biochemistry. You will undertake a piece of individual research in the form of a Biochemistry Research Project. This will enable you to apply the range of planning, execution and reporting skills developed in your first and second year. Breadth to your studies will come through optional modules in Bioinformatics and Genomics, Applications of Biotechnology and Pathology.

Please note that whilst you must study one of either SCI3342 or SCI3343 as a compulsory module, the module that you don’t select can still be chosen as one of the three optional module choices below. You will not be able to study the same module twice.

Compulsory modules:

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Biochemistry Research Project

One of:

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Clinical Biochemistry
Plant Biochemistry

Three of:

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Advanced Tissue Applications
Applications of Biotechnology
Applications of Genetics
Clinical Biochemistry
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Language 3
Medical Microbiology
Plant Biochemistry
Plants and People

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

You will study via a combination of face-to-face lectures, practical sessions and tutorials, with students typically in the department most days of the week. Field work will be available depending on the optional modules that you choose. In addition to the taught sessions, you will be expected to hone your skills using the excellent departmental facilities in your own time.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations tailored to suit the subject area of each module. A wide range of coursework is employed, including practical write-ups, essays, laboratory logbooks and biochemistry animations.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill University has over 30 years’ experience in delivering biology degrees and has a wealth of experienced tutors, technical staff and field and laboratory equipment to support the study of biochemistry. The Biology department is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally.

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff take pride in the quality of their teaching. Their research activity means they keep up to date with current developments in their area of interest and pass knowledge onto their students. Visiting speakers also assist in the delivery of the degree, often presenting unique or novel aspects of subjects.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. You will also need GCSE Mathematics and English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent).

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Students walk outside the BioSciences building.Our BioSciences building incorporates impressive, modern laboratories, offering exciting and highly relevant practical experience in some of the best equipped facilities in the country. Resources include fluorescence and scanning electron microscopes, DNA extraction and analysis equipment, and climate controlled insectaries.

A number of the best nature reserves in the country are in close proximity to the campus. You will be taught within a short travelling distance of impressive field sites such as one of the finest saltmarsh and dune systems in Europe, restored mires of international importance, hay meadows and limestone woodlands. The University also has extensive grounds including meadows which serve as a useful area for demonstrating sampling techniques.

Where you'll study



Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 60 credits



a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Gradates in biochemistry are highly sought after in various industries. You’ll be well equipped for a career in areas such as pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. Chemical engineering, food technology or health are also popular destinations. Research, either within universities or science institutes, is also a common route. Beyond the subject itself, you’ll have developed the skills to graduate as an articulate, logical, numerate, strong communicator. These are the skills required for careers in the industry as well as for managers or in education.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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