MSci Biochemistry


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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.


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).

Norwich Research Park is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent world-renowned research institutes – the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute (nee The Genome Analysis Centre). As well as housing over 40 science and technology based businesses, the Norwich Research Park is one of Europe’s leading centres for research in food, health and the environment, exposing our students to cutting-edge developments in biology.

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 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


After a shared introduction to chemical bonding, atomic and molecular structure and chemical principles, this module will provide you with an introduction to the structures, properties and reactivities of molecules and ionic solids. The first few lectures of this module are integrated with the module 'Chemistry of Carbon Based Compounds'. The course is supported and illustrated by the bonding, structure and periodicity experiments of the first year practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory A or Research Skills in Biochemistry. The latter part of the course will concentrate more on fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between chemical bonding and the structures and properties of molecules. This module is the prerequisite for the 2nd year Inorganic Chemistry module.




After a shared introduction to atomic structure and periodicity, you will be introduced to the concepts of bonding and hybridisation, conjugation and aromaticity, the mechanistic description of organic reactions, the organic functional groups, the shapes of molecules and stereochemical issues including the concepts of enantiomers, diastereoisomers and racemates.




You will explore the principles of how information is stored in DNA, how it is expressed, copied and repaired, and how DNA is transmitted between generations. You will gain an introduction to fundamental aspects of biochemistry and cell biology. The essential roles played by proteins and enzymes in signalling, transport and metabolism will be considered in terms of their structures. You will discover how living cells are visualised and the nature of the cell's component membranes and organelles.




To understand Life we have to study and understand the molecular properties of life's components. For any biochemist these are cells, energy, macromolecules, biochemical reactions and transport (of energy or chemical components). The tools we use as scientists in our quest for understanding life are various physical and analytical methods. You will be introduced to the basic principles of thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, and reaction kinetics. You will conclude the module by having a look at various physical and analytical techniques that are being used in current Biochemistry. This lectures will introduce you and provide you with essential information about some of the physical principles that underpin our understanding of molecular and cellular systems. The complementary seminar series will help to consolidate your understanding through applying this knowledge to selected topics in biochemistry and provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, data analysis, scientific writing, and presentation. The module is also enriched with six math workshops. In these workshops you are going to consolidate but also further develop basic and more advanced mathematical skills that directly relate with this module but that will also assist you for the duration of your degree.




If you are a Biochemistry student, this module will provide you with practical and research skills. In the laboratory, you will experience experimental and computational aspects of different areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical and physical. The experiments and simulations provide practical chemistry skills, complementing lectures in other first year modules. In seminars and workshops, you will develops skills such as analysing data, using references critically, and presenting results in different formats.



Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


You will develop further understanding of contemporary biochemistry, especially in relation to mammalian physiology and metabolism. With a particular focus on proteins and their biochemical activities, you will examine their involvement in cellular reactions, bioenergetics and signalling processes.




This module will equip you with an understanding of the principles and techniques used in contemporary biophysical chemistry. You will learn experimental techniques for measuring thermodynamic and kinetic properties of biological molecules. You will gain firm grounding in the physical principles describing those properties and their use to provide quantitative descriptions of those properties. Using predominantly examples from protein biochemistry you will explore three major themes; i) spectroscopic properties of biomolecules, ii) thermodynamic and kinetic properties of proteins and enzymes, and, iii) methods defining biomolecule size and mass. Through weekly seminars you will benefit from putting your knowledge into practice, communicating your ideas and growing your confidence in quantitative data analysis and problem solving. During laboratory based practical work, you will develop your skills in sample preparation together with the collection and interpretation of spectroscopic data. Your participation in this module will give you the knowledge to appreciate how, and why, biophysical chemistry contributes to advances in medicine, sustainable energy solutions and healthy ageing.




Medicinal chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary area and this module is designed to introduce a variety of topics in the field of medicinal chemistry. Some of the topics that will be discussed in a series of lectures include: - Molecular and biomolecular interactions - Biomolecules: Proteins and nucleic acids - Basic cell biology from a medicinal chemistry perspective - Basic processes in biology: Replication, - Transcription and Translation - Phases of drug action - Pharmacokinetics - Proteins and receptors as drug targets - DNA as a drug target and development of antitumor agents.




You will be given a background to the fundamental principles of molecular biology, in particular the nature of the relationship between genetic information and the synthesis, and three dimensional structures, of macromolecules. You will also gain practical experience of some of the techniques used for the experimental manipulation of genetic material, and the necessary theoretical framework. The module also includes an introduction to bioinformatics, the computer-assisted analysis of DNA and protein sequence information.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is suggested that students taking this module should also take Molecular Biology (BIO-5003B) and/or Genetics (BIO-5009A).




In this module, you'll study the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds. This module is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Functions. You'll cover the electronic structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes (ligand field theory), the chemistry of main group clusters, polymers and oligomers, the structures and reactivities of main group and transition metal organometallics, and the application of spectroscopic methods (primarily NMR, MS and IR) to inorganic compounds. You'll have laboratory classes linked to the lecture topics and so you will need to have completed either of the level 4 practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory (A) or Research Skills in Biochemistry.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The aim is to provide you with an appreciation of genetics at a fundamental and molecular level and to demonstrate the importance and utility of genetic studies. Genetics and molecular biology lie at the heart of biological processes, ranging from cancer biology to evolution.




This course builds on Chemistry of Carbon-based Compounds (the first year organic chemistry course). You will cover four main topics. The first 'aromaticity' includes benzenoid and hetero-aromatic systems. The second major topic is the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds is reviewed and the final major topic is 'stereochemistry and mechanisms'. This covers conformational aspects of acyclic and cyclic compounds. Stereoelectronic effects, Neighbouring Group Participation (NGP), Baldwin's rules, Cram's rule and cycloaddition reactions are then discussed.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is restricted to students taking the MSci Biochemistry course (C701) and aims to provide experience of research-based experimental procedures in biochemistry. The techniques covered range from molecular cloning and protein purification to structural biology, from bioinorganic chemistry and electrochemistry to microwave spectroscopies and are carried out in research laboratories in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The experiments open to an individual student will depend on his/her module choice at stage 2. The experience gained in this module will be of particular benefit in helping students make an informed choice of the subject area for their Masters Research Project (BIO-7009Y).




The module sets out to explain the molecular basis of the often complex catalytic mechanisms of enzymes concentrating particularly on their relevance to and applications in biotechnology and medicine. An extended practical based on the kinetics of a model enzyme, chymotrypsin, helps underpin concepts learnt in the module.




The structural basis of the function of many proteins has been elucidated and this, together with the ready availability of chemical and biochemical techniques for altering proteins in a controlled way, has led to the application of proteins in a wide variety of biological and chemical systems and processes. These include their use as industrial catalysts and medicines, in organic syntheses and in the development of new materials. This module provides an introduction to the principles underlying this rapidly expanding and commercially-relevant area of the molecular biosciences and gives insights into their applications.



Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note that if you select CHE-5301B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range.

Name Code Credits


How do cells receive and react to information from their external environment? What is the molecular basis for how cells respond to external signalling cues and how does this relate to physiological processes? Topics included in this module include cellular signalling by ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors, enzyme-linked receptors; the associated signal transduction mechanisms and relevance to human physiology and disease. The module includes aspects of the molecular basis of cellular signalling, structure-function relationships and pharmacology. You will study the molecular basis of cellular signalling by three principle receptor families, namely ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors and enzyme-linked receptors. You will build on your knowledge of cell biology and human physiology to deepen your understanding of cellular signalling. You will learn through lectures and independent study.




In this module, you'll study the structure, bonding and reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds. This module is a prerequisite for the 3rd level inorganic course Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Functions. You'll cover the electronic structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes (ligand field theory), the chemistry of main group clusters, polymers and oligomers, the structures and reactivities of main group and transition metal organometallics, and the application of spectroscopic methods (primarily NMR, MS and IR) to inorganic compounds. You'll have laboratory classes linked to the lecture topics and so you will need to have completed either of the level 4 practical modules, Chemistry Laboratory (A) or Research Skills in Biochemistry.



Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note (1): If you select BIO-5006A or BIO-5015B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range. Note (2): You may select CHE-6101Y and CHE-6301Y but if you select either you cannot then select any module in this option range prefixed BIO-

Name Code Credits


Do you want to learn about the concepts and principles of genetic analysis of cancer? On this module you will learn about the various roles of genes in development, apoptosis, the cell cycle, metastasis and angiogenesis, for example, and discuss the potential for novel therapies. We work closely with experts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital wherever possible, enabling you to gain an in-depth appreciation of cancer as a disease process from both the scientific and clinical viewpoints.




Do you want to learn about the key topics within cell biology and understand how these relate to human diseases? You will learn about the structure and function of cells in health and disease through a combination of practical demonstrations, where you will experience some of the imaging techniques used in the study of Cell Biology. You will also participate in a workshop, where you will learn how to design experiments. This module will provide you with a solid understanding of aspects of cell structure, function and related diseases concerning: ubiquitination; the cytoskeleton; cell division; cell signalling in motility and wound healing; the extracellular matrix; growth factors and proliferation; cell differentiation and adult stem cells and apoptosis.




You will study the mechanisms that drive embryonic development, including the signals and signalling pathways that lead to the establishment of the body plan, pattern formation, differentiation and organogenesis. Your lectures will cover different model organisms used in the study of development with a focus on vertebrate systems. The relevance of embryonic development to our understanding of human development and disease is a recurring theme throughout the module, which also covers stem cells and organoids and their role in enhancing our understanding of development and disease, healthy tissue maintenance and drug discovery.




You will focus on two important themes in contemporary inorganic chemistry: (i) the role of transition metals in homogeneous catalysis (ii) the correlation between the structures of transition metal complexes and their electronic and magnetic properties. Via a series of problem-solving workshops, interspersed with lectures, you'll explore the structure and bonding in these compounds, as well as their applications in synthesis.




This module provides an overview of the uses of microorganisms in biotechnological principles. It provides training in the basic principles that control microbiological culture growth, the microbial physiology and genetics that underpin the production of bioproducts such as biofuels, bioplastics, antibiotics and food products, as well as the use of micro-organisms in wastewater treatment and bioremediation.




This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of cutting-edge developments in microbial cell biology. You will cover essential techniques used to carry out modern day molecular microbiology. These techniques will be further explained to you in the context of work done on model microbial systems in research conducted on the Norwich Research Park (NRP). The module is taught to you by world-leading research scientists from the NRP and focuses on the structure and analysis of bacterial genomes, the bacterial cytoskeleton, sub-cellular localisation, cell shape and cell division and intercellular communication between bacteria and higher organisms. You will also have research-led seminars delivered by NRP PhD students.




A broad module covering all aspects of the biology of microorganisms, providing key knowledge for specialist modules. Detailed description is given about the cell biology of bacteria, fungi and protists together with microbial physiology, genetics and environmental and applied microbiology. The biology of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) and prions is also covered. Practical work provides hands-on experience of important microbiological techniques, and expands on concepts introduced in lectures. The module should appeal to biology students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.




You will cover several key topics required to plan the synthesis of organic compounds, and to understand the properties displayed by organic compounds. The first topic is on synthesis planning, strategy and analysis, supported by a study of further important oxidation and reduction reactions. The second topic is on the various types of pericyclic reactions and understanding the stereochemistry displayed by an analysis of frontier orbitals. The third topic is on the use of organometallic compounds in synthesis with a particular emphasis on the use of transition metal based catalysts. The fourth topic is on physical organic chemistry and includes aspects of radical chemistry. The final topic is the synthesis of chiral non-racemic compounds, and describes the use of chiral pool compounds and methods for the amplification of chiral information, including asymmettric reductions and oxidations.




The module studies the biochemical, physiological and developmental processes of plants.



Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note that if you select BIO-5004A or BIO-5005B you are not permitted to select a Level 5 module from any other option range

Name Code Credits


This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is suggested that students taking this module should also take Molecular Biology (BIO-5003B) and/or Genetics (BIO-5009A).




This module will provide you with knowledge of the biological analysis of genomes. This will focus on our understanding of genome composition, organisation and evolution, and the global regulation of gene expression. When you have completed this module you will understand contemporary methods that inform us about the biology of genomes.




This module will provide you with an understanding of the themes and principles of physiology and a detailed knowledge of the major human organ systems. An understanding of how disease affects the ability of organ systems to maintain the status quo will be an important part of this course.




This module provides a detailed coverage of the biology of selected infectious microorganisms, in the context of host and responses to pathogens. The properties of organs, cells and molecules of the immune system are described, along with the mechanism of antibody diversity generation, and the exploitation of the immune response for vaccine development. Examples of pathogens are used to illustrate major virulence strategies.




This module will provide you with an awareness of new bond construction in advanced organic chemistry. It has aspects of natural product chemistry and the associated bioactivity of natural compounds. The module will illustrate how advanced synthetic chemistry can be used to construct compounds that might find applications in the pharmaceutical industry.



Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits


Gain further experience of biological research, including the formulation of hypotheses and appreciation of the processes involved in designing and carrying out experiments and determining outcomes. You will also explore skills associated with the communication of data resulting from scientific work.




You will build upon your knowledge of important biophysical concepts and methods that are widely employed in Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. There are two main areas upon which you will focus: The first focusses on biological systems covering key areas such as the role of metal-containing proteins; biocatalysis, membrane proteins, including transport across biological membranes and modern developments in chemical biology. The second part of the module develops further your understanding of key biophysical characterisation tools used in chemical and structural biology. It develops the spectroscopic/structural theme covered in the B.Sc. course by providing an in depth, specialist view of selected key biophysical methods at the forefront of research. These include (i) high resolution crystallographic techniques and x-ray spectroscopic techniques (ii) magnetic resonance techniques (both advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods); (iii) advanced optical techniques (eg MCD and Mossbauer), (iv) Computational approaches (eg molecular dynamics) for structure determination and structure-function studies as well as understanding and determining protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions.



Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module will help you to understand human diseases at the molecular and cellular level throughout the body. You'll gain knowledge of the normal tissue function in question and how it changes in disease. You'll also learn how research can identify molecular mechanisms underlying the diseases and lead to the design of tools for disease diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention. You'll benefit from world-renowned experts in their field across the Norwich Research Park. You'll learn about the usefulness of model organisms in research and become an expert in the gut, the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. Up-to-date knowledge on infection, ion channels and metabolism will complement and link the body system. A substantial part of the module is dedicated to stem cells and their risk and potential as therapeutic target. You'll be assessed through an essay (30%) and a course test (70%) On successful completion of this module, you'll have a solid background on the structure and function of various organ systems, associated diseases and get insight how disease mechanisms are identified in translational research. This will be transferable into your future career as a PhD student or medical-related work setting.




This is a compulsory module for the MSc in Molecular Medicine. You will learn and gain practical experience in experimental techniques widely used in Molecular Medicine, including mammalian cell culture, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, transfection of cells with GFP-protein constructs, microscope imaging, live cell imaging and RT-PCR.



Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


This module is an option for all final year students on our integrated Master's degree. It builds on previous modules to present commercially relevant cutting edge science. You will learn how to tailor homogeneous catalysis to control the properties and value of commodity polymers. You will be able to describe the applications and suggest solutions to challenges in dehydrocoupling. You will be able to design novel combinations and explain the remarkable catalytic and stoichiometric reactivity of frustrated Lewis pairs. You will spectroscopically characterise and interpret multi-nuclear NMR. Your knowledge of the unique chemistry of gold complexes will equip you to explain the versatility of gold to treat cancer and prepare novel OLEDs.




Organic chemistry differs from most other areas of science in that we study what we create using the power of synthesis. In this context this module on advanced organic chemistry is the study of supermolecules - catalysts and supramolecular structures - and the methods and principles required to understand how these work. The topics are related closely to the research interests of the lecturers involved, and we hope that our enthusiasm for, and specialist knowledge of, the subjects covered will create an interesting and rewarding course that extends beyond organic chemistry to several other areas of science. In the Autumn semester the topic is asymmetric catalysis, a discipline that is increasingly utilised in organic synthesis. In Part A the principles of asymmetric catalysis will be introduced and exemplified using metal catalysis, organo catalysis and enzyme catalysis. Such is the importance of catalysis to life that this part will include an investigation into asymmetric catalytic reactions of relevance to the origins of life. In Part B the course will revisit palladium catalysed reactions studied in Year 3 and describe how these can be extended to the synthesis of chiral non-racemic molecules, including bioactive compounds and natural products of relevance to drug discovery programmes. In the Spring semester Part C will cover how the mechanism of an organic reaction, including a catalysed reaction, may be determined. This physical organic chemistry component of the course will provide a detailed insight into techniques and principles of use in several other areas of chemical science. Finally, in Part D, supramolecular structure will be discussed, including methods of synthesis, together with the application of these molecules in areas including materials chemistry.



Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students cannot take BIO-7004A if they have already taken BIO-6013A and cannot take BIO-7007B if they have already taken BIO-6010B.

Name Code Credits


This module will provide you with detailed knowledge of the biological analysis of genomes. The module is split into three sections centred on: a) Genome organisation, evolution and expression; b) Maintaining genome integrity; and c) Regulation of gene Expression. Your lectures will cover core processes and techniques central to genomics in biological disciplines. The later lectures you'll have on the module will be devoted to research-led teaching with many discussing genomics and new research from UEA scientists. A practical associated with this module will provide you with experience of molecular biology and the ability to critically analyse experimental data related to the taught component.




Learn the biology of selected infectious microorganisms in the context of host and responses to pathogens. You'll explore the properties of organs, cells and molecules of the immune system, along with the mechanism of antibody diversity generation and the exploitation of the immune response for vaccine development. Examples of pathogens will illustrate major virulence strategies.




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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points with HL 6 in two subjects including Chemistry and another Science or Mathematics. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB or 4 subjects at H1 and 2 at H2, including Chemistry and one other Science or Maths
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science/Maths.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. Excluding Public Services and Forensic Science. Applied Science and Applied Science (Medical Science) preferred. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall, with at least 70% in Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:



The majority of our candidates will not be called for interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.


Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

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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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

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

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

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

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