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.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- ABB (more about contextual offers)
- Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics required with grade A inChemistry.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects to include Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematic, with no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.
- 34 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics with a score of 6 in Chemistry and no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics required.
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Chemistry required at Advanced Higher and either Biology and Mathematics at Advanced Higher or Biology and Mathematics with one at Advanced Higher and the other at Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Chemistry required plus one from Biology or Mathematics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL is 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.
89% of students were satisfied overall with their course (Source: NSS 2020).
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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In the first year of the degree you will take compulsory modules similar to those taken in the first year of other biosciences programmes. This will provide a firm interdisciplinary foundation for your studies. In year two you will take a number of compulsory modules, with some optional module flexibility. This flexibility will increase in year three so you can focus your studies on your prefered area of interest within the discipline.
Year three starts to build an integrated, research-based platform for the discovery of research skills and advanced molecular biosciences. It involves an advanced research project module and a compulsory literature-analysis project. It will prepare you for your final year, which is research intensive.
The final year of your degree will focus principally on an extended (90 credit) research project. It will be supplemented by a research techniques module and a dissertation.
Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Biochemistry.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cells and Development
Chemistry for Biologists
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Microbiology
All first year modules are compulsory.
Biomolecular Structure and Function
Metabolism and its Regulation
Physical Chemistry for Life Science Students
Either The Principles of Cellular Control or The Chemistry of Biologically Important Molecules
*modules listed for 2019/20 but organisation of delivery may change in subsequent years
You will select 15 credits from a wide range of modules.
Literature project which involves writing a review based on a specific subject area.
A specialist reserach project module provides hands on experience in metagenomics or protein biochemistry.
Choice of two advanced modules from: Mechanisms of Molecular Machines, Cellular Regulation in Biotechnology, Health and Disease or Advanced Molecular Biology of Protein Regulatory Networks.
Choice of one module from: Cancer Biology or Genes to Disease
Any from a range to make up to 120 credits.
Extended research project
Research Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
All final-year modules are compulsory.
This programme is research-focused and as such you can expect to spend much of your time either in wet laboratories, where you will handle chemicals and biological materials, or in dry laboratories, where computer simulations and exercises are carried out. In year 4 you will join a research group and work full time in the laboratory, taking part in research seminars, lab meetings and journal clubs.
Your assessment will include a combination of examinations, coursework, practical work, tutorial work and presentations. You will also produce laboratory and research reports, posters and dissertations. Many modules have in-course tests (web-based or written) and most (but not all) modules have an unseen final examination.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Biochemistry MSci.
Throughout your degree you will acquire a range of specific and transferable skills, including time management and planning, technical laboratory competencies such as manual dexterity and analysis of data, and skills in teamwork, negotiation and decision-making. Research skills are highlighted in years three and four.
Our graduates have found themselves in fields as diverse as cancer research, clinical biochemistry, drug and food research, industrial biotechnology, virus research, toxicology 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.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below. Fees for the 2022/23 academic year will be advertised as soon as they are available.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Students will need to purchase a lab coat.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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