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Biochemistry, BSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Biochemistry, BSc

Biochemistry attempts to understand the complex array of molecules and their interactions which come together to create all living things.Biochemistry lies at the interface between biology and medicine. Whether it be single-celled bacteria or the trillions of cells found in humans, all of the fundamental processes of the cell happen at the biochemical level. Understanding these processes can provide insights into subjects ranging from the evolution of life to developing treatments for common conditions such as diabetes, cancer and obesity.

On any given day people who graduated with an Aberdeen Biochemistry degree will be analysing water samples for pollution, designing new life-saving medicines, producing new nanotechnologies, examining nutrient content in food and drink, helping people conceive in IVF clinics or selling scientific equipment to labs around the world.

This degree programme covers many areas of biochemistry at the molecular, cellular and organ system levels. Additionally, you will gain an in depth understanding of selected aspects of biochemistry which will reflect the research expertise and strengths within the University.

Admission requirements

General Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.


  • Standard: BBB
  • Minimum: BBC
  • Adjusted: CCC

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3.

Please Note: National 5/ Standard Grade/ GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics / Applications of Mathematics is required in addition to the requirements noted above.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

International Applicants

International Applicants who do not meet the Entry Requirements

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Program content

Year 1:

In year 1 you will take a mix of compulsory courses and courses of your choosing to gain a total of 120 credit points.

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1
  • The Cell
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2:

In year 2 you will take a mix of compulsory courses and courses of your choosing to gain a total of 120 credit points.

Compulsory Courses

  • Genes and Evolution
  • Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences
  • Energy for Life
  • Microbes, Infection & Immunity
  • Research Skills for Medical Sciences

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 3:

In year 3 courses on the Molecular Control of Cell Function which explore the mechanisms involved in controlling cell function, such as protein-protein interactions. In addition, you will also take courses in Genetics or Microbiology.

Compulsory Courses

  • The Molecular Biology of The Cell
  • The Molecular Control of Cell Function

Optional Courses

Select one of the following courses:

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Microbiology

Plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Microbiology

Year 4:

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of biochemistry. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or at local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

  • Honours Biochemistry - Option 1
  • Honours Biochemistry - Option 2
  • Honours Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry Honours Research Project
  • Medical Science Data Analysis Paper
  • Medical Science General Essay Paper

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £20,700
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career paths

Graduates today will likely be employed in a variety of sectors and careers over their lifetime. A degree in biochemistry provides you with opportunities to be broadly educated as well as gain specific skills in problem solving and independent thinking – all of which set you up for a future in which science and technology, as well as the career landscape, are undergoing rapid change.

Our degree programmes are built to enhance your employability and three flagship options give our degrees a distinctively different flavour from many others. All our degrees offer:

  • A 10-week full time research project in the final year which will provide you with valuable experience of working in a medical science research environment
  • The option of an industrial placement year and graduation with an undergraduate MSci
  • Highly relevant and sought after experience in bio-business aimed at giving you an understanding of the commercialisation of scientific ideas and an opportunity to learn about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

You will also have opportunities for work experience, summer placements (both scientific and non-scientific) and access to many professional societies and subject-specific seminars and symposia.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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