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Biochemistry (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

Following an in-depth foundation in biochemistry, this course broadens out to allow a focus on more specialist fields. These include biophysical chemistry, which covers biological macromolecules at the atomic
level, and understanding the genome and gene

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Our exceptionally wide range of options allows you to pursue areas that interests you. You’ll graduate with a sound understanding of the biochemical and structural basis of molecular, cellular and development processes in a variety of organisms. You’ll benefit from our tutorial system for academic and pastoral support, alongside high-quality laboratory time. You can opt to take a year-long industrial placement or study abroad between your second and third years. Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an additional final-year research project or industrial placement.

A core syllabus is offered in the first year for all degree courses providing the essential foundations in biology, biochemistry, genetics and chemistry. The same content in the first year means that it is often possible to transfer between the different degrees at the end of the first year.

First year all core modules. There are increasingly more optional modules throughout the degree.

Students learn through a combination of tutorials, lectures, laboratory work, and independent and group research.

Class size

In your first year, lecture sizes are typically 280 students. The modules you take in years 2 and 3 will vary in class size. The maximum number is typically 100 and the minimum 10 students.

Contact hours

12 - 16 hours per week over 25 weeks. In your first year you should expect around 10 lectures a week, a full day in the laboratory and a taught tutorial with your personal tutor and 6-7 of your peers. Independent learning, reading and preparing for lectures and preparing assessments will occupy the rest of your study time.

Approximately 35% of marks will be assessed by course work throughout the degree. The final degree classification is determined by Year 1 (10%), Year 2 (30%) and your final year (60%).

Students can opt for a study abroad placement at the end of year two at one of the School or University partner institutions. They are given support to secure a placement.

Students may take a year to gain industrial experience in any science related area will be offered support and guidance to achieve that. There is also the opportunity to study abroad in partner institutions across the world.

A level: ABB including Biology and Chemistry or AAB including Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics, plus one of the following:

- GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or
- GCSE Double Science grades B, B/grades 6, 6 or
- AS Level Biology grade B or
- Grade A in a Biology-related EPQ

  • IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics, plus one of the following:

  • - 6 at IB Standard Level in Biology or
    - GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or
    - GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

Laboratories and Tutorials

Molecules, Cells and Organisms

You will study this module as the essential foundation for most other modules taught in the School of Life Sciences. You will gain the basic knowledge you need of molecular and cellular aspects of biology, and also become familiar with whole-organism and developmental biology, in the context of evolution.

Agents of Infectious Disease

You will start by gaining a thorough foundation in microbiology and virology, using infectious diseases as a common link to promote your understanding. Through your study of epidemiology, you will learn to appreciate the way that diseases spread and the methods used to investigate this spread. On completion, you can expect to understand the role of various structures associated with the bacterial cell in causing a range of diseases, and appreciate the structure of viruses and how this relates to their capacity to cause disease and the host response to viral challenge. This will equip you with the necessary theoretical foundations to underpin your future studies.

Physiology and Metabolism

On this module, you will learn how parts of the body function and work together in the whole organism. You will study the physiology of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and special senses. Your study of metabolism will help you to understand the generation of energy within the body, anabolism, the role of enzymes, and specific functions such as glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway and photosynthesis. You will then combine your learning to gain a thorough understanding of the way the body adapts to environmental conditions such as altitude, depth, cold and heat.

Quantitative Skills for Biology

All biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. So, this module will see you learning to use statistical methods for analysing and summarising experimental data (for example, from your lab classes), and learning the basic principles for modelling biological populations.

Physical Chemistry

On this module, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental physical principles that underlie biochemical reactions and the functional properties of biomolecules. In particular, you will gain greater insight into the thermodynamics and kinetics of biological processes.

Organic Chemistry

This module, taught in the Department of Chemistry, will see you gaining a basic understanding of organic chemistry. You will learn important concepts, including organic chemical bonding, structure, reactivity, mechanism and the synthesis of simple functional groups that will underpin your further studies in life sciences.

Year 2



Molecular Cell Biology

On this module, you will gain a sound knowledge of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information-processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. You will study the molecular biology that underlies fundamental cellular processes, including the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility, the mechanisms that control cell proliferation and genome stability, protein processing in secretory pathway organelles, and programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.

Tools for Biochemical Discovery

On this module, you will examine the principles by which key techniques in the field of biochemical discovery provide biochemical information. This will involve you studying structural techniques such as X-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and cryo-electron microscopy. As well as, biophysical and analytical techniques such as circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and fluorescence. In the second half of the course, you will widen your studies to analyse biological interactions through case studies, covering topics such as proteomics, high-resolution light microscopy, surface plasmon resonance, isothermal titration calorimetry and immunoprecipitation.

Protein Biochemistry

On this module, you will be taught the techniques for studying enzymes in order to understand the mechanisms whereby enzymes are able to catalyse reactions, and to appreciate how individual reactions are controlled and integrated into the metabolic pathways of the cell. You will build on your growing knowledge of the basic concepts of protein structure in order to understand the structure–function relationships of proteins in terms of the chemistry of their component amino acid residues.

Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease

On this module, you will gain the foundations needed to advance your studies in endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level, and gain a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. You will also cover various aspects of pharmacology, from cellular and molecular mechanisms through to the treatment of human diseases.

Year 3

Research Project

Laboratories and Tutorials

Protein Targeting

You will be applying the knowledge of molecular and cell biology you have gained in previous years to protein targeting, a field of fundamental importance and research interest in cell biology. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the molecular nature of targeting signals and the appropriate transport apparatus, and an enhanced understanding of the specific protein–protein interactions required at each step of a given transport pathway. You will scrutinise the mechanisms by which large globular proteins are translocated across membrane bilayers, including where these are impermeable even to protons. This is a substantial opportunity to apply your knowledge in a realistic, research-led, practical environment.

Structural Molecular Biology

It is becoming ever more apparent that to completely understand a protein’s biological mechanism, three-dimensional structural information is essential. On this module, you will have the opportunity to explore and apply modern approaches and practical techniques to the study of biological macromolecules, building on your previous study of biophysical techniques and protein structures. You will pay particular attention to the structural techniques used to elucidate fundamental aspects and problems in biology-specific fields of interest in structural biology, including protein-nucleic acid interactions, protein–ligand interactions, protein folding and structure, macromolecular structures and biophysics.

Biological Clocks

On this module, you will develop your appreciation of the importance of temporal organisation in biology. Following your close study of the molecular mechanisms of the circadian system, you will progress to analysing clock-regulated processes in whole organisms, including their interactions with the environment and seasonality. This will assist your understanding of current research perspectives on biological pacemakers in several different organisms.

Dynamics of Biological Systems

The study of non-autonomous dynamical systems can shed new light on biological systems. On this module, you will learn how our understanding of cells and cellular pathways can be enhanced by considering them as entities that can change their behaviour both in space and time.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

  • Science Communication
  • Immunology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Oncology
  • Principles of Development
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Biology
  • Interdisciplinary and Business modules

Graduate Job Titles include: Graduate Scientist; Research & Development Associate; Editorial Assistant (Science Publisher); laboratory Technician; NHS Research Project Assistant; Management Development Associate; Recruitment Consultant; Seed Pathology Technician; NHS Assistant Theatre Practitioner.

Graduate Destinations include: AstraZeneca; Diabetes UK; GlaxoSmithKline; RAGT Seeds; NHS; Oxford BioMedica; Brainlabs Digital Advertising Agency; Lloyds Bank; Mantlepiece PR.

The School has a dedicated careers advisor, offers careers-focused tutorials and runs network events with past students and relevant employers to help career decisions.

A level AAB to include Biology or ABB to include Chemistry and either Mathematics, Physics or Statistics, plus one of the following:

- GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or
- GCSE Double Science grades B, B/grades 6, 6 or
- AS Level Biology grade B or
- Grade A in a Biology-related EPQ

IB 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in Biology and 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry or 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in either Mathematics or Physics, plus one of the following:

- 6 at IB Standard Level in Biology or
- GCSE Biology grade B/grade 6 or
- GCSE Double Science grades B, B/ grades 6, 6


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximately cost of £600. Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear. Recommended text books are estimated to cost a total of £250. There is a mandatory trip to Wales in year 2, at a cost of £175. Non-compulstory field trips cost approximately £50.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.