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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules). We accept AS Levels. We do not accept General Studies. Or 96 UCAS points from three A levels (including Biology and Chemistry with at least 32 points from one of these subjects) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable Chemistry and Biology modules). We do not accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 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

On this course, you gain knowledge of the fundamentals of biochemistry before specialising in areas that reflect your career interests. For example, you may choose modules in analytical biochemistry or tailor your course for a career as a cellular molecular biochemist. You will cover a variety of topics and develop skills essential to your career as a biochemist. As well as studying the traditional areas of biochemistry, you study • human physiology and anatomy • cell biology and microbiology • molecular biology • plant biotechnology • pharmacology • bioremediation • human genetics • advanced analytical chemistry and applied biochemistry. This course scored 95% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey. The optional transfer to the MSci qualification is aimed at students wanting to pursue a career in research and is suitable for students who achieve good results during years one and two. Placements and work experience You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year three. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time on placement, such as during summer. This shorter placement can still contribute to your degree. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you 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. Our laboratories At least 20% of your time is spent in our well-equipped laboratories learning the latest skills and techniques. You learn the latest techniques in cellular, molecular and analytical science using equipment which replicates that found in industry. Our laboratories are equipped with industry-standard equipment. You have access to • a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer • state of the art mass spectrometry equipment • cell culture suites consisting of laminar flow hoods and incubators • an extensive range of analytical equipment, such as HPLC and GC • real-time PCR equipment for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids • high-powered fluorescent and confocal microscopes for cell and tissue analysis Our cell culture suite won an S-lab award for the best refurbished laboratory in 2011. The S-lab scheme is sponsored by highly regarded scientific organisations including the national HE-STEM programme, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professional recognition Graduates of BSc (Honours) Biochemistry 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. Graduates from Accredited programmes will receive one year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Associate level. Graduates of MSci Biochemistry This programme has been awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.


**Year one modules**- • Cellular biology, biochemistry with microbiology • Human physiology and anatomy • Fundamentals of organic chemistry • Principles of chemistry and analytical science • Professional and scientific practice 1. **Year two modules**- • Biochemistry and molecular biology • Topics in biochemistry • Advanced cell biology • Organic and biological chemistry • Analytical and bioanalytical science • Professional and scientific practice 2. **Year three**- • Optional work placement - leading to academic assessment via final year professional and scientific practice 3 module. **Final year core modules**- • Applied biochemistry • Advanced analytical science • Professional and scientific practice 3 • Research project. **Final year options**- • Pharmacology • Bioethics • Bioinformatics • Human genetics • Medicinal chemistry and drug development • Organic and biological chemistry **MSci year** • Research methods and statistics • Research projects

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

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 95%
Student score 87% HIGH
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
28% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
280 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £18.3k MED
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


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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