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Biological Sciences

C701 MBiochem Master of Biochemistry (4 years)

Modern biochemistry is at the forefront of breakthroughs in drug discoveries, biotechnology and forensic science. Southampton’s MBiochem Master of Biochemistry degree can equip you with the skills required to play an integral part in future scientific development.

The four-year integrated masters is based in our multi-million pound Life Sciences building and explores how modern molecular bioscience approaches can solve key challenges in cell biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and genetics.

Introducing your course

This flexible course system offers a broad variety of options, with a year out in employment for those who want to gain experience in an industrial setting.

You will gain key laboratory skills throughout your degree and in your final year, you will get the opportunity to work alongside one of our leading research groups completing an individual research project in an area of your choice, including molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, structural biology or plant biochemistry.

Our MBiochem degree is the perfect stepping stone to a PhD or to progress into a variety of careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, forensic science, or teaching.

MBiochem Master of Biochemistry


From DNA to proteins, from single molecules to cells, biochemistry answers the ultimate questions about how living organisms work. Our Master of Biochemistry degree programme provides in depth training in biochemistry, with core subjects in your first and second year and opportunities to specialise in year three. In the fourth year you will undertake an extended research-based project, a library-based dissertation and prepare a series of critiques on research seminas attended. Our flexible course system offers a wide range of options, with a year out in industry for those who want to gain experience in an industrial setting. Our teaching staff are actively engaged in research into the molecular basis of disease, genetics and the control of gene transcription, oncology, structural biology, DNA recognition and cell signalling.

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To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the How to Apply tab of the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.

Key Facts


The National Student Survey 2017


95% of Biological Sciences students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.


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“The many transferable skills I have gained from studying Biochemistry at Southampton have enabled me to secure a graduate position at the professional services organisation PWC.”

Isabel King - BSc Biochemistry, 2016
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“Throughout my time with GSK I was exposed to doctors, scientists and statisticians who were very supportive and helped shape my career goals”

Alex Simpson - MBiochem Biochemistry

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGrades A*-C in English, mathematics and science. If you lack these formal qualifications, your aptitude for the course will be assessed at interview. International students whose first language is not English must have already attained the necessary standard in English, such as 6.5 in IELTS
A Levels:
GCE A-levelAAA-AAB Chemistry must be offered at A level (minimum grade B) with at least one other A level science subject. A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geography and geology. Applicants only offering A Level Chemistry will be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 points in Chemistry at higher level along with one other higher level science subject.
Other applicants:

Applicants with alternative UK or EU qualifications and international applicants should first refer to the general entry requirements.

English Language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here

Selection process:

Selection for this BSc Biochemistry degree is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Typical course content

To be able to take certain optional modules in years 2 or 3, you may need to have passed specified modules previously.


To be able to take certain optional modules in years 2 or 3, you may need to have passed specified modules previously.

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Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 2

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will take four optional modules from the choices below, including two free electives from any discipline.

Year 3

In addition to the modules listed below, in Year 3 you will also take one of the following compulsory combinations:

A combination of two 7.5 ECTS modules, taken from Literature research project(BIOL3031/32),Short research project(BIOL3050), Bioscience Communication(BIOL3060/BIOL3066)

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
MBiochem Master of Biochemistry2018Full-time£9,250£20,320£9,250
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingCoursework such as essays, projects and dissertations may be submitted on line. In the majority of cases, though, students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. Students entering year 1 2015/16 will be given a printing allowance of £3 per 7.5 ECTS BIOL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts. Practical handouts and module guides will be provided by the university. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All materials required for laboratory work are provided. Where necessary, suitable specialist safety equipment will be provided
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives- Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses- All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware- It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
ClothingLab coats and safety spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student. If these are lost the student must replace them at their own expense. The Students Union Shop stock these items.
ClothingField course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
PlacementsStudents who choose to go on an industrial placement at the end of Part 2 can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to.
OtherParking costs: There may be a requirement to undertake work at Southampton General Hospital (SGH), for example during a final year research project. Students may need to cover costs for transport to travel to SGH or for car parking.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
  • Postgraduate research training
  • Scientific officer in medical laboratories
  • Teaching
  • Forensic Science
  • Legal profession
  • Business management

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, coursework and projects.  In Part 3 you will undertake an independent research project or library project. In Part 4 you will undertake another extended research-based project, a library-based dissertation and prepare a series of critiques on research seminars attended. In addition, you will study two modules in depth, allowing you to critically assess research papers and write an overview of one aspect of the field. Throughout the programme you will undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate the taught material and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of biochemistry.

Assessment methods

You are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of the lecture and tutorial material.  Continuous assessment is based on performance in tutorials and practicals.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study21%23%20%23%
Independent study79%77%80%77%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment71%74%75%18%
Practical exam assessment6%0%6%14%
Coursework assessment23%26%19%68%

Study Locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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