Course summary

Biochemistry is a pivotal degree discipline in the modern world and a fundamental part of all the biological sciences. Biochemistry is the study of living systems at the molecular level, and biochemists study 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 in the cells in which they are expressed.

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to establish yourself in a range of careers related to biochemistry, including the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology industries. The foundation of the course is our thriving research in diverse areas of biochemistry including biotechnology, cancer biology, membrane transport, molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, plant biochemistry, and protein structure.

In this degree, you will gain a sound foundation in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and analytical biochemical techniques.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Application of Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology
  • Science: History, Philosophy and Practice

Credit Level 4

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Exploring the Microbial World
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Genetics in Practice
  • Medical Physiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Urban Living and the Environment

Credit Level 5

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Designing a Sustainable World
  • Global Ethics
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Research Project
  • Work Experience and Career Management Skills

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The Biochemistry BSc Honours is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Graduates from this accredited programme benefit from associate membership of the Royal Society of Biology, which opens up networks at a crucial time when applying for jobs and provides a foundation from which to apply for CBiol (Chartered Biologist).

Entry Requirements


One of the following (or equivalent qualification):

  • A-Levels – BBC to include two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – DMM/D*D* in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma in Science – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction with at least a Merit in all Biology or Chemistry modules

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – at least grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.


  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points to include a minimum of 4 in two Higher Level science subjects.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

Career path

Biochemistry graduates work in a wide range of areas including the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, biomedicine, environmental sustainability and food security.

You will be able to develop your own interests and aspirations in these areas during your degree by taking modules such as Medical Physiology, Systems Pharmacology, Contemporary Global Issues, Medical Genetics in Practice, Advanced Pharmacology & Toxicology, Global Ethics, Designing a Sustainable World and Applied Biotechnology.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

See 40 more programs offered by University of Westminster »

Last updated September 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
3 years
13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date