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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Newcastle)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This Biochemistry degree will equip you with knowledge and skills essential for a successful career in science, industry, medical research, and healthcare.

Course overview

This degree explores how cell components are formed and interact at a molecular level. You'll develop your understanding of what causes diseases such as cancer, and how powerful new technologies can be used in drug design and synthesis.

We're a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and our world-leading, expert staff teach on our degree programmes. This means you graduate with cutting-edge knowledge in human health and disease.

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level and this degree mainly focuses on human body functions. You’ll also explore the chemical processes that occur in cells of other living organisms, from bacteria to humans.

Alongside improving your knowledge and skills in molecular biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology, you'll also learn industry-standard analytical techniques, which are used to discover or design new drugs.

Professional accreditation

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

Accreditation by the RSB recognises academic excellence in the biosciences that educates the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

Teaching methods

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes, and small group seminars.

To support your learning, you will be able to access online resources such as lecture and teaching materials and recordings on our main Virtual Learning Environment.

You'll have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Your future

Graduates from our Biochemistry degrees have gone on to work in internationally recognised companies, such as:

  • BUPA
  • Helena Biosciences Europe
  • Cellmark
  • Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
  • Quantum Pharmaceutical
  • GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

AAB including Biology or Chemistry, plus at least one from: Mathematics or Further Mathematics; Physics; Psychology; Biology; or Chemistry. Use of Mathematics, World Development, communication and Culture and Critical Thinking not accepted.GCSE Chemistry, Biology (minimum grade A or 7)or Combined Science (minimum grade AA or 77) required if Biology and Chemistry are not offered at A or AS level.


University information

Newcastle University

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  • Campus address

    Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 7RU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    46th out of 100 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    143 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57.0 57%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.71 74%



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