University of East London

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Biotechnology

If you want to enjoy a practical study of one of the fastest-growing and most fascinating areas of human knowledge, then our biochemistry course is for you.

You'll be taught by - and also get the chance to assist - brilliant scientists who are involved in ground-breaking research and new discoveries.

Increasingly, biochemists and biotechnologists are playing a crucial role in genetic engineering and molecular bioengineering, as well as other areas of physiology and medicine.

For instance, antibiotics remain one of the UK's main exports and their production by fermenting micro-organisms in the pharmaceutical industry has revolutionised healthcare.

We want to give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and application of biotechnology and biochemistry in areas of medicine and industry.

So you can be part of this invigorating exploration, studying subjects that are playing a key role in improving the manufacturing processes, in fighting disease and improving our lives.

This course comes with the opportunity of a year-long industry placement between years two and three, subject to availability of positions with our industry partners. If you choose this option, you'll spend your third year working in an appropriate professional environment, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • FROM INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level. Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths (See below for accepted equivalences). We would normally expect you to have undertaken academic study within the last 5 years and ideally some informal or formal care experience.

Access to higher education diploma studies

Access to HE Diploma in nursing/health or social care/science with a minimum of 60 credits (45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2), with a Merit/Distinction profile. The Access to HE must contain level 2 numeracy and literacy, alternatively applicants must hold GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Interview Advice

During the interview process you will be tested on your Numeracy and Literacy competence. In advance we would recommend that you do some practice tests online, just so you know what to expect on the day.

Other essential requirements

Applicants for this course are required to pass a numeracy and literacy test. On successful completion they will progress to a group activity and individual interview. Two satisfactory references are required, one of which must be from an educational institution.

Applicants will also be required to have a satisfactory Occupational Health check.

Occupational health requirements

Students who have applied to study healthcare programmes are required to obtain Occupational Health clearance. This is to ensure that you are fit for all aspects of the course, and also to protect the public who may be affected by your placement activities. As a healthcare student, you must comply with Department of Health guidelines on immunisations, vaccinations and screening required to protect you and your patients during the course of your work.

In order to undertake placement activities you will be required to be vaccinated for some infectious diseases if you do not already have immunity to them. During your course you will be given the opportunity to be screened and given any relevant vaccinations at no cost to you the student. Without appropriate immunity or vaccinations your place on the course may be at risk.

Disclosure and Barring service

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children and/or vulnerable adults on this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate.

You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement as part of the course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

English language requirements

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Career Prospects

You'll be gaining a broad and varied grounding in biotechnology and biochemistry during your time with us, which means you'll find a range of career possibilities opening up to you after graduating.

You could go into laboratory-based work in a hospital or research institute, or work at an industrial or pharmaceutical lab. 

You might find you're well suited for a role as a research and development consultant, or use your knowledge to teach the next generation. If you follow this route, the University of East London is renowned for the quality of its postgraduate teacher-training courses.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue studying biotechnology or biochemistry at postgraduate level or study a related discipline such as nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, medicine or pharmacy.

Some of Course Leader Dr David Bringloe's students have achieved great success. For example, Marta Futema went straight into cancer research at University College London (UCL) because her work at UEL was so outstanding.

Others went on to Oxford University and Royal Holloway while two of our most recent graduates have landed scholarships for Biotechnology master's degrees at UCL.

Course Details

Your first year will be a general introductory to the subject, focusing on the three core areas of chemistry, cell biology and biochemistry. 

In year two, you'll study core modules such as Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, Cellular Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.

A large part of your final year will be taken up on an independent research project as well as studying advances in biotechnology and biochemistry and the analysis of the human genome.

You'll find working on your own project rewarding and enjoyable while it will also develop both your laboratory skills and your ability to collect and collate new data.

Year 1


Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth)
Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals in Microbiology
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry


Level 4 Short Work Placement

Year 2


Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth)
Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals in Microbiology
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry


Level 4 Short Work Placement

Optional Placement

This module is designed to give you an opportunity to develop professional skills and experience within the workplace. It also enables you to apply knowledge and skills in the competent performance of tasks required by a scientist. Furthermore, it helps you to establish a range of professional contacts that have the potential to be useful both for project work and assisting in finding employment after graduation.

Year 3


Applications of Biotechnology and Biochemistry
DNA Analysis and Bioinformatics
Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics
Clinical Biochemistry
Research Project and Career Enhancement Portfolio (Mental Wealth)


Level 6 Short Work Placement

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