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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, plus a Pass in the practical element of both subjects General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry

Scottish Advanced Highers

Subjects to include Biology and Chemistry

BTEC Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science and grade B in A-level Chemistry or Biology. Alternatively, Distinction, Distinction in Health and Social Care and grades BB in A-level Chemistry and A-level Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

5,5,5 at Higher Level including Higher Level Biology and Higher Level Chemistry, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Gain insights into the intricate, elegant workings of the building blocks of life in Biochemistry at Royal Holloway, University of London. The programme is informed by world-class research in advanced animal, plant and molecular science, and supported by a recent £16 million investment in state-of-the-art equipment including bioinformatics, mass spectrometry and protein and gene sequencing technology. This highly flexible programme lets you tailor courses to suit your individual interests in years 2 and 3, letting you specialise in subjects from Pharmacology and Toxicology to Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience to Embryology and Endocrinology. You’ll gain invaluable laboratory experience from year 1 onwards, and in year 3 you’ll take part in our renowned research culture as you complete your research projects. The School of Biological Sciences was ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and our high student-to-staff ratio maximises contact time with our internationally respected and enthusiastic academics. Royal Holloway Biochemistry students are a short journey from sites of national scientific importance including Windsor Great Park and Box Hill, while our on-site glasshouses, marine and freshwater aquaria and plant and animal cell culture facilities provide ample opportunity for rewarding independent study. The skills and experience you’ll gain studying Biochemistry will make you an attractive prospect to employers. A combination of laboratory experience, groundbreaking research and a wide range of additional skills and competencies have helped our graduates find work in fields from forensic medicine to biotechnology. Pursue your passion for the fascinating principles of biochemistry and graduate with the skills and qualifications you need to find success in your chosen field. Gain invaluable transferrable career skills including practical laboratory experience, data handling and time management skills. Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent. Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to-student ratio. Graduate with a Royal Society of Biology accredited degree.


Core modules Year 1: Principles of Molecular Bioscience, Living Systems - Animal and Plant Physiology, Cell Biology and Genetics, Biochemistry - Molecular Basis of Life Year 2: Bioenergetics, Biosynthesis and Metabolic Regulations, Protein Structure and Function, Molecular Biology, Physical Biochemistry for Life Scientists Year 3: Individual Research Project, Functional Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics, A range of optional modules is also available For further information please refer to the Degree Programme Library at https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/docs/dpl/home.aspx

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
338 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
18% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are caring personal services


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.
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