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Biological Sciences

FC17 MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry (4 years)

This undergraduate programme offers you the opportunity to pursue a combination of two science subjects, with both subjects being studied in each year of the degree. Maintaining learning in two key sciences in all levels of your degree provides you with an interdisciplinary training that will reflect the multifaceted nature of many aspects of modern science, both in terms of research and industrial application.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Chemistry and Biochemistry and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Modern biochemistry is at the forefront of breakthroughs in drug discoveries, biotechnology and forensic science. You will use chemical and molecular approaches to solve problems in pathology, pharmacology, physiology and genetics and answer the ultimate questions about how living organisms work.

We provide in-depth training in biochemistry with core subjects in your first and second years and opportunities to specialise in year three. You will be exploring key scientific concepts, exploring the building blocks of life from single molecules to entire cells, examining the structure and function of biomolecules and how they are organised in living systems. In year four, masters students will undertake a research based project in an area such as molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, structural biology or plant biochemistry.

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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.

Programme Structure

The programme is offered as a full-time course. The MSci programme normally lasts for four years.

Key Facts

  • Opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of two key areas of science, chemistry and biological sciences
  • Advanced research projects with our world-leading scientists, one Chemistry and one Biochemistry
  • A respected scientific degree suitable for careers in industry or further academic study

The National Student Survey 2017

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


Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGCSE level maths (grade A) if you didn’t take it at AS or A level.
A Levels:
GCE A-levelThe A-level requirements are set at AAA-ABB or equivalent grades, including A in Chemistry and at least B in Biology, Maths or Physics.
International Baccalaureate34 points on the IB scale, to include 17 points at the higher level, including a minimum of 6 in Chemistry and one other science at Higher level.
English Language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here

Selection process:

We will offer a place to any applicant who can show evidence of ability and background adequate to undertake the course.

Once you have applied and submitted your application your application will be sent to us by UCAS as soon as possible. On arrival we consider every application on its individual merits and determine whether or not we will be prepared to give an academic offer on the basis of the information provided.

If we decide that we will be able to make an offer you are first invited to visit us on one of our UCAS visit days. These are hosted, either on a Thursday or a Saturday, during November, December, February and March.

Our admissions requirement is normally defined on the basis of A/AS levels, but equivalent qualifications are accepted. Students with non-traditional academic backgrounds are recruited through the Foundation Year, and overseas students with a variety of qualifications are accepted.

We will also accept applications from candidates offering other qualifications including Scottish and Irish Highers, European and International Baccalaureate, Access and Foundation courses and overseas qualifications.

We will consider applications from mature students with none of the above qualifications, but with evidence of recent successful study.

All "non-standard" applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy, all reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of Enabling Services to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

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

The MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry degree contains a strong fundamental chemistry component, including all of the chemistry core modules in year 1, two thirds of the core modules in year two and access to a wide range of advances year 3 and year 4 modules.

The practical component includes two practical projects, in years 3 and 4, with one being led by Chemistry and the other Biological Sciences.

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Year 1

In Part 1 (Year 1) there are 3 core modules and 4 compulsory modules which must be taken.

BIOL1007Credit: 15
BIOL1011Credit: 15

Year 2

In Part 2 (Year 2) there are 8 compulsory modules

BIOL2010Credit: 15
CHEM2001Credit: 15
CHEM2005Credit: 15
CHEM2012Credit: 15

Year 3

There are 3 compulsory modules in Part 3 (Year 3) which includes a third year practical module. Four modules are available to choose from an approved list.

BIOL3013Credit: 15
BIOL3012Credit: 15
BIOL3014Credit: 15
BIOL3018Credit: 15

Year 4

In Part 4 (Year 4) you will undertake an Advanced Research Project. Four modules are available to choose from an approved list.

BIOL6030Credit: 15

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/EUInternational
MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry2018Full-time£9,250£20,320
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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 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

With a MSci Chemistry and Biochemistry you could be expected to find work in the following areas:

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
  • Postgraduate research training
  • Scientific officer in medical laboratories
  • Teaching
  • Forensic science

Learning & Assessment

Learning and Teaching

To assist your learning, you will be provided with an extensive programme of lectures, tutorials, problem workshops, and laboratory classes. You will also be provided with support material and also informal assistance to guide your private study.

You will be assisted to acquire transferrable and generic skills through the formal teaching programme supplemented by several short courses provided by staff from the participating academic units and outside agencies.

Practical skills are developed through the learning and teaching programme. Experimental and fieldwork skills are developed through laboratory experiments, fieldwork and project work.

Throughout the programme you are encouraged to use additional recommended reading material for private study to consolidate the formal learning process, and to broaden and deepen your understanding.

Assessment Methods

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Practical and transferrable work/skills is continuously assessed primarily through written reports, laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and presentations.

Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant research skills from your project supervisor.

Coursework exercises are set at regular intervals and marked promptly.

In some cases the grade obtained is used to calculate your overall mark for a particular module of study. In other cases the grade for a coursework exercise simply gives you an indication of your progress.

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 study36%36%17%21%
Independent study64%64%83%79%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment75%73%72%41%
Practical exam assessment22%13%9%15%
Coursework assessment3%14%19%44%

Study Locations

The Life Sciences Building

Biological Sciences Building, Highfield Campus

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