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Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, with 100% of our research recognised as internationally excellent (REF 2014). Our Biochemistry course gives you plenty of optional modules, providing you with the opportunity to study many different branches of both biology and chemistry.

We are home to world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes providing you with invaluable contact time, while learning through first-hand experience.

Our graduates are highly sought after. With a degree in Biochemistry, you could enter professions in a range of sectors including forensic science, food production, medical biochemistry, science patenting or teaching. Many of our graduates are accepted onto fast-track graduate training schemes with multinational companies.

Overview

Biochemistry is a broad and fascinating area of science, spanning many themes in biology, chemistry and even physics.

That’s why we’ve designed our Biochemistry degrees to give you plenty of choice in what you study – both the BSc and MSci include lots of optional modules, and their common first and second years allow you to switch between them once you’ve started studying. So, you’ll have plenty of scope to satisfy your interests in both biology and chemistry.

This MSci is similar in content to the BSc but includes an additional year that focuses on advanced topics at the interface between chemistry and biology.

Study life and the chemistry that underpins it

The degree is taught by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, which gives you a flexible, diverse programme as well as the benefit of both Schools’ world-renowned expertise.

You’ll be taught the fundamental chemical principles that underlie biochemistry alongside aspects of cellular and molecular biology. This provides your foundation to study more specialist topics that address contemporary developments in the field, from medicinal chemistry and genetics to protein engineering and microbial biotechnology.

Course Structure

The degree is a four-year programme that consists of an in-depth introduction to fundamental biochemical science in the first year, followed by flexible second and third years that allow you to tailor your course to biology, chemistry or a balance of both.

In year 3 you’ll also take a laboratory module which bridges the gap between undergraduate laboratory modules and postgraduate research. In year 4 you will select from a range of advanced level taught modules and undertake a project that will involve you in an active research group, investigating a topic at the forefront of modern biochemistry.

First year

The first year is designed to give you a grounding in fundamental biochemistry, incorporating compulsory modules such as: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics; Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds; Bonding, Structure and Periodicity; Practical and Quantitative Skills in Chemistry; and Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences.

Second year

Your second year will build upon the skills gained in year one with further compulsory modules (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry), while allowing you to begin focusing your attention on biology, chemistry or both through options including: Cell Biology, Genetics, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

Third year

The third year will introduce you to contemporary topics in biochemistry, as well as more advanced lab skills. There are only a few compulsory modules at this stage – Molecular Enzymology in Biology and Medicine; Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering; Advanced Laboratory – and a very wide range of optional modules to help you really tailor your studies toward the end of the degree.

These include Microbial Biotechnology; Genomes, Genes and Genomics; Infection and Immunity; Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Function; Organic compounds: Structure and Properties; and Microbiology.

Fourth year

The final year is based around an in-depth, advanced research project that will allow you to get to grips with a genuine problem at the cutting edge of biochemistry. You’ll get involved in a working research group and contribute to their ongoing work – there’s a wealth of really exciting research taking place at UEA that could form the basis of your project.

Alongside the research project, you will also take three optional advanced modules across chemistry and biology, from a range including: Medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, biological chemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and molecular medicine.

Practical lab-based teaching

Throughout the four-year course you’ll have regular access to our amazing facilities including state of the art undergraduate practical laboratories. Your research project may also benefit from access to our research electron microscopes, mass spectrometers and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.

We aim to give our students as much time in the lab as possible, so we’re not just transferring knowledge but also developing skills. We believe hands-on experiments, backed by thought-provoking seminars and lectures, give you the best possible education.

Join a world-renowned research environment

The facilities and faculty at UEA are among the best in country – both Schools are internationally renowned for their research excellence thanks to their contributions to the big problems facing scientists today.

We’re based at the heart of Norwich Research Park – one of the most cited scientific research centres in the country, which specialises in the life sciences. The School of Chemistry is ranked 4th in the UK for the quality of its research output, and 100% of our research in Biological Sciences is internationally recognised (REF 2014).

This prestigious environment produces some ground-breaking research that has a real impact and gives our students access to academics at the top of their field.

Course Modules

Modules are subject to approval. A list of example modules is shown below:

Year 1 – Compulsory

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds
  • Bonding, Structure & Periodicity
  • Practical & Quantitative Skills in Chemistry
  • Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences

Year 2 – Compulsory

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Year 2 – Optional

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Year 3 – Compulsory 

  • Molecular Enzymology in Biology and Medicine
  • Protein Structure, Chemistry & Engineering
  • Advanced Laboratory

Year 3 – Optional

  • Cellular Signalling
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Microbial Cell Biology
  • Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Genomes, Genes and Genomics
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Compounds: Structure & Function
  • Organic Compounds: Synthesis & Properties
  • Plant Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Year 4 – Compulsory

  • MSci Research Project

Year 4 – Optional

  • Advanced Topics in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Seminars in Microbiology
  • Frontiers in Molecular Medicine 1
  • Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
  • Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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