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BSc (Honours) Biochemistry

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)


Study biochemistry in award-winning facilities, taught by inspirational and award-winning lecturers.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? C700
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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This course scored 95% for teaching satisfaction in the 2023 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Gain knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.
  • Combine the chemical and biological sciences to understand cellular mechanisms underpinning disease and advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies.
  • Apply the material taught at university to real-world experience as a biochemist with year-long or summer placement opportunities available.
  • Transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers.

This is an academically challenging course which will develop your practical and digital skills. You will gain a deep understanding of the subject through placements and extensive lab work in our award-winning laboratories graduating as an experienced and employable biochemist.

Accredited by
  • Royal Society of Biology

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.

How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy talk about this course.

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.

Through the study of modules including molecular biology, analytical science, cell biology and organic and biological chemistry you will gain an in-depth understanding of a breadth of biochemistry with the flexibility to choose optional subjects in your second and final years focussing your specialisms.

With a strong focus on employability throughout your course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or postgraduate education providers.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • small group academic tutorials
  • scenario-based laboratory classes 
  • project work

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

Between your second and final year of study you have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that will give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. Or if you’re unable to commit to a year, it’s also possible to work for a shorter period of time during a summer placement (which can still contribute towards your degree).

Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you will enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals.

If you are undertaking a work placement in another European country, there may be the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

Research projects

During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest.

Networking opportunities

On top of your work placement, the course has excellent links to potential employers and previous graduates, allowing you plenty of opportunities for networking.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • medical research 
  • clinical science
  • analytical science
  • scientific sales and marketing
  • pharmaceutical research and development
  • biotechnology industry
  • scientific communication/journalism

Graduates have also progressed to further study on specialist masters courses and PhDs or have gone into teaching.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for world-leading companies such as:

  • senior study scientists in the Biological Immunoassay Department at Huntingdon Life Science, Cambridge
  • food biochemists at Marks & Spencer
  • analytical scientists at Covance and Reckitt Benckiser
  • graduate scientists at stem cell production company Future Health
Student's success story
A blonde woman wearing saftey goggles smiling at the camera while working a machine in a Bioschemistry lab.

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.

Katie Boulton >

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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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Our teaching and research laboratories are equipped with industry standard instrumentation which you will learn how to use in scenario-based practical sessions. Examples of facilities you will have access to include:

  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrophotometers
  • state-of-the-art mass spectrometry equipment
  • our award-winning cell culture suite with laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography (GC)
  • real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids
  • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis

Learn more about your department

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

From A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications in applied science to include suitable biology and chemistry modules. We do not accept General Studies. We will consider a combination of qualification types. For example:

  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered with relevant checmistry modules (please include units on application).
  • BTEC Diploma in Applied Science D*D with relevant chemistry modules alongside other level 3 study.
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s), which may include AS levels or EPQ.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

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 relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

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If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

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
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Topics In Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Physiology And Anatomy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Chemical Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applications Of Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Topics In Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Cell Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organic And Biosynthetic Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Analytical Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Professional Skills For Scientists Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Biochemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Chemical Synthesis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Bioethics And Human Genetics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pharmacology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 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 2023/24 is £15,860 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.

Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 241.3KB)

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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