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.
- 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
Selection Module Title Credit Compulsory BIOC0001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 15 Compulsory BIOL0003 Introduction to Genetics 15 Compulsory BIOC0002 Basics for Molecular Biosciences 0 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 CELL0011 Integrative Cell Biology 30 CELL0010 Integrative Cell Biology (Cell Signalling and Regulation) 15 Elective ALLUG All UG Modules 0 15
- Modules - Year 3
Selection Module Title Credit Min Max Compulsory BIOC0023 Specialist Research Project in Metagenomics 30 Compulsory BIOC0021 Advanced Investigative Project in Molecular Biosciences 30 Optional
Students will need to choose minimum of 30 and maximum of 60 credits
BIOC0014 Mechanisms of Molecular Machines 15 BIOC0016 Computational and Systems Biology 15 BIOC0017 Cancer Biology 15 BIOS0001 Genes and Neurodegenerative Disease 15 BIOC0019 Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease 15 BIOC0020 Molecular Mechanisms of Gene Expression and Regulation 15 Elective ALLUG All UG Modules 0 30
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.