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Biochemistry Degrees

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Following an in depth foundation in biochemistry, the course broadens out to allow students to focus in more specialist fields.

These include biophysical chemistry, which permits the descriptions of biological macromolecules at the atomic level, and understanding the genome and gene regulation.

By the third year optional modules provide you with the opportunity to pursue areas that you find particularly interesting.

"I chose Biochemistry because I felt it allowed me to explore biology from a more analytical perspective which would lead to critical skills that I know employers look for after graduation."

BSc Biochemistry with Placement Year

Year One modules

  • Laboratories and Assessed Work
    (24 CATS)
  • Molecules, Cells and Organisms
    (24 CATS)
  • Physiology, Neurobiology and Metabolism (18 CATS)
  • Chemistry for Biochemists (15 CATS)
  • Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS)
  • Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS)
  • Carbon and the Chemistry of Life for Biochemists

Year Two core modules

  • Tutorial Assessments (15 CATS)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (15 CATS)
  • Neuropharmacology (15 CATS)
  • Enzymology (15 CATS)
  • Protein Structure and Function (15 CATS)
  • Molecular Endocrinology (15 CATS)
  • Tools for Biochemical Discovery
    (15 CATS)

Optional modules

  • Neurobiology (15 CATS)
  • Evolution (15 CATS)
  • Genetics and Genomics (15 CATS)
  • Immunology (15 CATS)
  • Ecology and its Applications (15 CATS)
  • Microbial Pathogens (15 CATS)

Year Three core modules

  • Research Project (30 CATS)
  • Laboratories and tutorials (15 CATS)
  • Structural Molecular Biology (15 CATS)

Optional modules

  • Dynamics of Biological Systems (15 CATS)
  • Synthetic Biology (15 CATS)
  • Virology and Immunology (15 CATS)
  • Oncology (15 CATS)
  • Principles of Development (15 CATS)
  • Integrative Neuroscience (15 CATS)
  • Protein Targeting (15 CATS)
  • Extreme Environmental Biology
    (15 CATS)
  • Biological Clocks (15 CATS)
  • Bioenergy and Biorefining (15 CATS)
  • Science Communication (15 CATS)
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology (15 CATS)
  • Business Studies 1 (15 CATS)
  • IATL module (Any of the modules available from this list, in their 15 CAT version)

BSc Biochemistry with placement year (Year 3)

  • Study Year Abroad or Work Placement (120 CATS)

MBio Biochemistry department based (Year 4)

  • Extended Research project (80 CATS)
  • Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)
  • Research Skills (28 CATS)

MBio Biochemistry with industrial placement (Year 4)

  • Extended Research project in industry (90 CATS)
  • Research Proposal and Funding (12 CATS)
  • Research Skills (18 CATS)

Students take a minimum of 120 CATS in year 1 (CATS = credits).

Progression requirements are in place for MBio students at the ends of their second and third years. If requirements are not met then students move to a BSc degree.

With permission, students can take additional modules such as language modules; these require specific approval from the School of Life Sciences.

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick. So it is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions).

BSc Biochemistry (C700)

BSc Biochemistry with Placement Year (C701)

MBio Biochemistry (C1A2)

MBio Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (C1A6)

Duration: BSc 3 or 4 years / MBio 4 years

October 2024 entry onwards:

Typical offer for BSc: AAA-AAB
Typical offer for MBio: A*AA-AAA

For full details visit our How to Apply and Entry Requirements page.

Starts: October

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All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) and our MBio degrees hold advanced accreditation. RSB accredited degrees undergo rigorous, independent assessment to ensure a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

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