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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
85% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20.9k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

This should include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This should be in Applied Science or similar.

International Baccalaureate

This should include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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

Biochemistry is a pivotal degree discipline and a fundamental element of all the biological sciences. It focuses on the study of living systems at the molecular level, and the ways in which cells and organisms are formed. This involves examining the structure and function of molecules found in living systems, as well as experimental investigations of the properties of biological systems ranging in complexity, from cell extracts to whole organisms, and elucidating the roles of specific genes.


First-year core subjects include cell biology, biochemistry, human physiology, biological chemistry, and the history, philosophy and practice of science; you will choose an option module from subjects including pharmacology, botany, biological sciences, or an elective module from across the University. In Year 2 you will study four core subjects – research methods, molecular biology and genetics, bioinformatics, and metabolic biochemistry – and two options from a range of subjects including medical physiology, physiological networks, systems pharmacology, global issues, the microbial world, urban living and the environment, medical genetics, infection and immunity, or a Westminster elective. Alongside your final year research project you will study core modules in advanced cell biology, and proteins and enzymes, with optional module subjects including advanced molecular biology, global ethics, cancer biology, designing a sustainable world, work experience, or a Westminster elective.

University of Westminster

Freshers week

The University of Westminster is in the heart of London, attracting more than 20,000 students from 150 nation. With the Students' Union based at three central London campuses and a media campus at Harrow, you'll never be short of activities in the big smoke. Did you know UWSU takes hundreds of students to Amsterdam and on a sports tour in Spain every year.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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 83%
Student score 85% 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
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
283 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20.9k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are teaching and educational 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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