Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. It is an exciting and rapidly developing subject and the primary investigative science within biology and medicine.
Our three-year biochemistry degree includes core modules in biochemistry and chemistry combined with modules in related fields. You can choose a pathway within the degree that will allow you to focus on biochemistry or with specialisation in genetics or biomedicine.
Lancaster University is ranked fourth in the UK for biosciences and fifth in the UK for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2020. We are also ranked in the top ten in the UK for biological sciences and chemistry in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
In the first year, you will study a range of core modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of biology and chemistry and a good foundation in key modern biochemical concepts. You will take three additional modules in your chosen pathway to maintain a focus on biochemistry and chemistry or have specialisation in either genetics or biomedicine.
Throughout your degree, you can continue on your chosen pathway or you have the flexibility to change from the focused biochemistry pathway to those specialising in genetics or biomedicine.
In your second year, you will focus on a range of biochemistry modules, as well as some more practically oriented modules designed to equip you with the laboratory skills and knowledge required by a successful biochemist.
Your third year builds on your chosen pathway and may include options such as Innovation in the Biosciences (biochemistry or genetics pathways) and Neurobiology (biochemistry or biomedicine pathways).
During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics. The facilities for studying biochemistry at Lancaster University are excellent. We have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories, which you will use for practical learning and your dissertation project.
- A Level AAB
- Required Subjects A level Chemistry and one other science subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics
- GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4
- IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.
- International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Chemistry and 6 in one further HL science subjects from Biology, Mathematics or Physics
- BTEC Considered alongside A level Chemistry
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Atoms and Molecules
- Cell Structure and Function
- Chemical Reaction Kinetics
- Coordination Chemistry
- Impact of Microbes
- Infection and Immunity
- Molecules of Life
- Organic Reactivity and Mechanism
- Organic Structure
- Protein Biochemistry
- Skills in the Life Sciences
- Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
- Thermodynamics of Chemical Processes
- Biochemical Techniques
- Cell Biology
- DNA Technology
- Employability Skills
- Medical Microbiology
- Cell Biology Techniques
- Microbiological Techniques
- Molecular Structure Determination
- The Physical Principles of Spectroscopy
- Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
- Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution
- Advanced Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications
- Advanced Techniques for Analytical Separations
- Biology of Ageing
- Cell Signalling
- Cell Signalling, Transport and Disease
- Clinical Immunology
- Environmental Pathogens
- Ethics in Biomedicine
- Innovation in the Biosciences
- Medical Genetics
- The Chemistry of Biomedical Imaging
- For UK students: £9,250 per year
- For International students: £24,070 per year
During your degree you will gain practical skills such as laboratory competence and experimental design; numerical skills such as statistical analysis and data recording and presentation; and interpersonal skills such as team working, communication and negotiation. The transferable skills and analytical training you will gain during your degree will allow you to enter science or diverse fields such as management, marketing and finance. You will also study an employability skills module to help you manage your professional development and prepare for the job market.
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