UCL Division of Biosciences


Biochemistry MSci

Studying Biochemistry involves looking at life at the molecular level, from nucleic acid and protein structure to cell signalling and metabolism.

MSci Biochemistry Degree Overview

Biochemical research underpins a great deal of the core knowledge in life sciences. In particular, the discipline has helped illuminate many of the problems that have fascinated and perplexed molecular bioscientists. The Biochemistry MSci - premised on research - provides an invaluable foundation for postgraduate study or a dynamic career within this area.

Course benefits

  • One of the world’s largest academic centres for innovative research in biochemistry. You will be challenged and stimulated in a research-intensive environment, and receive research-based teaching that will prepare you for postgraduate research, or a career at the cutting-edge of advances in molecular biosciences and health and disease research.

  • UCL is one of the world's largest academic centres for research in biochemistry, with a centre of excellence at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology promoting multi-disciplinary research at the interface of structural, cell and chemical biology.

  • Our strong links with members of the bioscience community in the Francis Crick Institute, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK enhance the range of research opportunities for students.

  • Our excellent resources include the Darwin Research Facility, which provides state of the art centrifugation, cell culture, imaging and biomolecular structural analysis facilities and a drug discovery facility.



Modules - Year 1
CompulsoryBIOC0001Biochemistry and Molecular Biology15
CompulsoryBIOC0002Basics for Molecular Biosciences0
CompulsoryBIOL0003Introduction to Genetics15
CompulsoryBIOC0004Introduction to Microbiology15
CompulsoryCHEM0011Chemistry for Biologists30
CompulsoryBIOC0003Experimental Biochemistry30
CompulsoryCELL0007Cells and Development15


Modules - Year 2
CompulsoryBIOC0005Molecular Biology30  
CompulsoryBIOC0008Biomolecular Structure and Function30  
CompulsoryBIOC0010Metabolism and Its Regulation15  
CompulsoryCHEM0020Physical Chemistry for Medicinal Chemistry and Life Sciences15  
CompulsoryBIOC0012Research Project Foundations0  
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
CHEM0023Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules15  
 CELL0010Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation)15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 015

From Year 2, students may transfer to the Molecular Biology route of the Biochemistry programme.  Students will focus on cell and immunology based modules in year 2 and then go on to study advanced molecular biology in year 3. Further details can be found on the Molecular Biology Route page.

Modules - Year 3
CompulsoryBIOC0021Advanced Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences30  
Compulsory - Students choose this module or the following module, BIOC0029BIOC0023Specialist Research Project in Metagenomics30  
CompulsoryBIOC0029Specialist Research Project in Protein Structure and Function30  
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 45 credits
BIOC0030Advanced Molecular Biology of Protein Regulatory Networks15  
 BIOC0015Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease15  
 BIOC0014Mechanisms of Molecular Machines15  
ElectiveALL BiosciencesLevel 6 Faculty of Life Sciences Modules 1530
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 015


Modules - Year 4
CompulsoryBIOC0025MSci Extended Research Project in Molecular Biosciences90
CompulsoryBIOC0026Molecular Biosciences MSci Research Techniques15
CompulsoryBIOC0024MSci Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences15


Career opportunities

Our graduates can be found in fields as diverse as toxicology, clinical biochemistry, drug and food research, industrial biotechnology, virus research, cancer research and agricultural research.

MSci graduates have similar opportunities to those students graduating from the BSc. However, the main focus of this degree is to produce first class research scientists able to progress to a PhD or partake in cutting-edge biosciences research.

Our graduates have found themselves in fields as diverse as toxicology, clinical biochemistry, drug and food research, industrial biotechnology, virus research, cancer research and agricultural research.