University of Portsmouth

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Discover life at its most fundamental level.

On this BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), you’ll learn how biochemists fight disease, edit genomes, develop new fuels, and understand human and animal development.

By exploring the latest scientific theory through lab training, you'll gain the skills and expertise to become a professional biochemist and apply for Associate Membership of the RSB on graduation.

Entry Requirements

A levels – ABB–BBB
UCAS points – 120–128 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, including Biology and Chemistry, with 40 points from either A level Biology or Chemistry Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement (calculate your UCAS points)
BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
International Baccalaureate – 27

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry within living things – everything from humans and animals, to plants and cells. It combines biology, chemistry and physiology to develop new approaches within many scientific fields, including healthcare and medicine, agriculture, biotechnology and the environment. 

This means there is a huge range of sectors you can go into with a Biochemistry degree, and there will always be a high demand for your skills.

Once you complete your BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, you’ll be ready for a career in scientific research, forensic science or pharmaceuticals. With specialist modules like Business for Biosciences and Genes and Development, you’ll have many opportunities to discover your niche.

In the UK in 2021, you could expect to earn an average of £26,500 as a newly-graduated biochemist and an average of up to £60,000 with more experience.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits, usually 20 or 40.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Biodiversity and Evolution 
Experimental Biology
Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Perspectives in Biochemistry
Graduate skills 1

Year 2

Cell Biology
Enzymes and Metabolism
Genetic Engineering
Macromolecules
Optional modules
-Business for Biosciences
 -Development: How Form and Function Changes
-Introduction to Teaching
-Microbiology

Year 3

Biomolecular Science
Gene Organisation and Expression
Genomics in Molecular Medicine
Honours Project
Optional modules
-Biotechnology
-Genes and Development

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