BSc (Honours)/MSci Biochemistry with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Biochemistry with Foundation Year

Gain a well-rounded education in biochemistry – working in award-winning laboratories and applying your learning to current societal issues such as health, drug discovery and sustainability.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Study life at cellular, molecular and chemical levels.
  • Combine biological and chemical modules, ranging  from Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry to Medical Chemistry and Drug Synthesis.
  • Tailor your degree structure to your interests and career ambitions.
  • Learn how the latest scientific innovations are being used to have a positive impact on the world.
  • Work with our expert staff to complete your own cutting-edge research projects in our award-winning labs using industry standard equipment.
  • Take an optional placement year, enabling you to gather priceless hands-on experience in an industrial setting.

Our BSc Biochemistry course provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry. As well as the option to take a year-long placement, you can adapt the degree to your career ambitions – choosing a biological or chemical focus. You can also transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research-intensive study.

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Student's success story
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Katie chose to study BSc Biochemistry as a career move from working as an art & design technician and volunteering as a community first responder for South Yorkshire ambulance service and has now completed her placement year in a lab at Technostics in Hull.

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be taught by active researchers and scientific experts with a history of working in the pharmaceutical industry. We encourage a hands-on approach, with your learning linked to departmental research themes to make sure you’re learning at the forefront of science.

You’ll also have opportunities to undertake research projects at the end of each year, culminating in a final year 6-week project. This could be a lab-based biochemical or chemistry project, or focus on bioinformatics, big data, computational modelling, systematic reviews, educational development or scientific communication. 

You learn through:

  • In-person seminars and lectures
  • Independent study
  • Tutorials and academic adviser sessions
  • Practical lab experiences with industry-standard equipment
  • Placements and research opportunities
  • Real life research projects 
  • The latest scientific software and data analysis tools
  • Problem solving and group activities 

Key themes

In your first year, you’ll learn fundamental life sciences before moving onto applied modules such as biochemistry and genetics, using the latest technologies including PCR, genome sequencing, and bioinformatics software. You’ll be trained in organic and physical chemistry and analytical techniques.

In your second year, you’ll study molecular and cellular biochemistry – training in the latest analytical and bioanalytical technologies and undertaking a laboratory project. You’ll get to choose a more chemical or biological focus too.

In your third year, you’ll study applied biochemistry and advanced analytical techniques, with elective choices such as advanced therapeutics and personalised medicine, medical chemistry and drug discovery, neuroscience and neurophysiology, and genetics. You’ll also work with staff to complete an independent research project.

Course support

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources to help you to plan and structure your assignments.

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy
Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy
BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leader and Principal Lecturer

Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy is the BSc/MSci Biochemistry Course Leader and Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a graduate of Royal Holloway and Bedfor … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long placement between your second and third year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Previous students have completed placements for companies and organisations such as Ricketts and Benkiser, Labcorp, Marks and Spencer Food, the Wellcome Sanger Institute Cambridge, and a variety of pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies.

Research projects

Throughout your degree, you’ll undertake a series of research projects in which you’ll be given a question and hypothesis to test, putting the practical skills you’ve developed throughout the year into practice within mini projects. This  will help you build confidence in the laboratory, as you work towards becoming a more autonomous scientist.

You’ll then complete your own independent research project in your final year. You’ll select a topic from your preferred discipline, and you’ll work alongside a research-active member of staff.

Previous students have completed research in areas such as cancer cell biology, organic synthesis of new drugs, understanding the mechanism of disease progression, as well as bioinformatics and data analysis projects.

Live projects

You could also return to your placement host and undertake a real-world research project in their labs. In recent years, our students have undertaken research at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITRANS), Technostics Hull, Reckitt Benckiser Hull and the University of Sheffield Medical School.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Medical research
  • Clinical science
  • Analytical science
  • Scientific sales and marketing
  • Pharmaceutical research and development
  • The biotechnology industry
  • Scientific communication or journalism
  • Doctoral  Research 
  • Academia

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Biological Immunoassay Department at Huntingdon Life Science, Cambridge
  • Marks and Spencer Foods
  • Biocorp 
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Labcorp

Many graduates also go on to complete further study, including PhDs at the best research institutions in the World.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll have access to a wide variety of collaborative and independent learning spaces – including our cell culture facilities, which won an S-lab award for the best refurbished laboratory. The S-lab scheme is sponsored by highly-regarded organisations including HE-STEM, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

On this course you work with:

  • Our specialist laboratories using industry-standard scientific equipment and software.
  • The latest molecular molecule tools such as RTqPCR, genome sequencing, cellular transfection, plus data analysis and bioinformatics software.
  • Analytical tools such as HPLC, mass spectrometry, NMR and gas chromatography equipment.
  • Digital resources to help with drug design and synthesis, bioinformatics and practical lab preparation, as well as full lab simulations.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

From A levels to include at least 24 points in any one A level and at least 16 points from a science subject (biology/chemistry/human biology). Or BTEC National qualification in Applied Science. We do not accept general studies. For example:

  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification in either Health -Care Science or Science with D or E from core.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject considered. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent.
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Concepts In Biology And Chemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Developing Skills For Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundation Skills For Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundations Of Biology And Chemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Biochemistry And Genetics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Fundamentals Of Life Sciences
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)
Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Principles Of Chemical Analysis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Applications Of Analytical Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applying Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Developing Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Molecular And Cellular Biochemistry
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Exam(50%)

Elective modules

Immunology And Microbiology
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Organic And Biosynthetic Chemistry
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Year 4

Compulsory modules

Placement Year For Biosciences And Chemistry
Credits -
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Advanced Analytical Science
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Advanced Professional Skills For Scientists
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applied Biochemistry
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Research Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(80%) , Practical(20%)

Elective modules

Advanced Chemical Synthesis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Advanced Genetics
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
 Advanced Therapeutics And Personalised Medicine
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applications Of Data Science
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Neurobiology And Neurophysiology
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Credits 20
Assessment Exam(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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