Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Biochemistry is a pivotal degree discipline in the modern world and a fundamental element of all the biological sciences. Biochemistry is the study of living systems at the molecular level, and biochemists study the ways in which cells and organisms are formed. This involves examining the structure and function of molecules found in living systems, as well as experimental investigations of the properties of biological systems ranging in complexity from cell extracts to whole organisms, and elucidating the roles of specific genes in the cells in which they are expressed.

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to establish yourself in a range of careers related to biochemistry, including the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology industries. The foundation of the course is our thriving research in diverse areas of biochemistry including biotechnology, cancer biology, membrane transport, molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, plant biochemistry, and protein structure.

In this degree you will gain a sound foundation in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and analytical biochemical techniques.

The general principles of biochemistry and cell biology and human physiology are established at Credit Level 4. Your understanding of molecular biology and genetics, metabolism, protein chemistry and enzyme function and other aspects of cellular function are then developed at Credit Levels 5 and 6. A number of options are also offered, allowing you to pursue your own interests within biochemistry and its associated disciplines.

Your laboratory and research skills will be developed throughout your degree, culminating in your final-year project in which you will undertake original research of your own.

Learning and teaching opportunities are a mixture of face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals), independent work, laboratory work and online support activities.

The range of assessment methods includes exams, laboratory practicals, essays, blogs, posters and presentations. 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Academic Skills Module
  • Biology & Human Biology
  • Chemistry I – Inorganic and Physical
  • Chemistry II – Bio-organic
  • Bioscience in Action

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Exploring the Microbial World
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Urban Living and the Environment

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Designing a Sustainable World
  • Global Ethics
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Research Project
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for Credit Level 4 of the Biochemistry course. If you are a student with science ‘A’ levels, you will be able to join the Foundation year with ‘A’ level or BTEC tariff points of 160 (64 new tariff points). You must have at least a D in one science ‘A’ level (science including Geography, Geology and Psychology ‘A’ level) and 2 further ‘A’ levels. In addition at GCSE level you should have a C in Maths and a C in English. If you are a student with no science ‘A’ levels you should enquire about the Foundation year.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements. Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Biochemistry graduates work in a wide range of areas including the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, biomedicine, environmental sustainability and food security.

You will be able to develop your own interests and aspirations in these areas during your degree by taking modules such as Medical Physiology, Systems Pharmacology, Contemporary Global Issues, Medical Genetics in Practice, Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology, Global Ethics, Designing a Sustainable World and Applied Biotechnology.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

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Studying Biosciences

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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