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.
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
Selection Module Title Credit Compulsory BIOC0001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15 Compulsory BIOC0002 Basics for Molecular Biosciences 0 Compulsory BIOL0003 Introduction to Genetics 15 Compulsory BIOC0004 Introduction to Microbiology 15 Compulsory CHEM0011 Chemistry for Biologists 30 Compulsory BIOC0003 Experimental Biochemistry 30 Compulsory CELL0007 Cells and Development 15
- Modules - Year 2
Selection Module Title Credit Min Max Compulsory BIOC0005 Molecular Biology 30 Compulsory BIOC0008 Biomolecular Structure and Function 30 Compulsory BIOC0010 Metabolism and Its Regulation 15 Compulsory CHEM0020 Physical Chemistry for Medicinal Chemistry and Life Sciences 15 Compulsory BIOC0012 Research Project Foundations 0 Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 credits
CHEM0023 Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules 15 CELL0010 Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation) 15 Elective ALLUG All UG Modules 0 15
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
Selection Module Title Credit Min Max Compulsory BIOC0021 Advanced Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences 30 Compulsory - Students choose this module or the following module, BIOC0029 BIOC0023 Specialist Research Project in Metagenomics 30 Compulsory BIOC0029 Specialist Research Project in Protein Structure and Function 30 Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 45 credits
BIOC0030 Advanced Molecular Biology of Protein Regulatory Networks 15 BIOC0015 Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease 15 BIOC0014 Mechanisms of Molecular Machines 15 Elective ALL Biosciences Level 6 Faculty of Life Sciences Modules 15 30 Elective ALLUG All UG Modules 0 15
- Modules - Year 4
Selection Module Title Credit Compulsory BIOC0025 MSci Extended Research Project in Molecular Biosciences 90 Compulsory BIOC0026 Molecular Biosciences MSci Research Techniques 15 Compulsory BIOC0024 MSci Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences 15
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.