UCL Division of Biosciences


Biochemistry BSc

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

Biochemistry BSc Degree Overview

As one of the world’s largest academic centres for research in biochemistry, UCL understands the most important skills needed for the next generation of experts in this critical area. In addition to equipping our students with the essential knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, we provide you with a uniquely real-world research experience to ensure you gain experience of best practice practical application in an intellectually stimulating environment.

The course also features options to undertake work placement or extend to a four-year Biochemistry MSci.

Course benefits

  • At UCL we offer our students the opportunity to undertake two research projects in their third year – an advanced investigation and a lab-based group project where students generate their own unique data. This process reflects how real-world labs operate and better prepares our students for success in this arena.
  • Students benefit from a strong focus on computational analysis using super computers and have the opportunity to compare some of their research findings to similar studies from around the world. This reflects our focus on preparing our students for successful research careers.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn from the leading experts at partner institutes including the UCL Cancer Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the Sainsburys Wellcome Centre, Cancer Research UK and the Darwin Research Facility.

  • The Darwin Research Facility 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
CompulsoryBIOL0003Introduction to Genetics15
CompulsoryBIOC0002Basics for Molecular Biosciences0
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  
 CELL0011Integrative Cell Biology30  
 CELL0010Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation)15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 015


Modules - Year 3
CompulsoryBIOC0023Specialist Research Project in Metagenomics30  
CompulsoryBIOC0021Advanced Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences30  
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 60 credits
BIOC0014Mechanisms of Molecular Machines15  
 BIOC0016Computational and Systems Biology15  
 BIOC0017Cancer Biology15  
 BIOS0001Genes and Neurodegenerative Disease15  
 BIOC0019Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease15  
 BIOC0020Molecular Mechanisms of Gene Expression and Regulation15  
ElectiveALLUGAll UG Modules 030


Career opportunities

Our graduates have found roles in diverse fields such as toxicology, clinical biochemistry, drug and food research, industrial biotechnology, virus research and agricultural research. Some students have used their degrees to become school science teachers; others have entered fields such as science journalism, business management, accountancy and business computing.

After year two, Biochemistry BSc students can transfer to the research-intensive Biochemistry MSci course for a degree programme totalling four years.