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Biochemistry (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical Offer
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3 years
Course Type
UCAS Course code

About this course

Biochemistry answers the ultimate questions about how living organisms work. It covers topics from DNA to proteins, single molecules to cells, all the way up to complex lifeforms. You'll study the molecular processes of life itself, and gain the skills to become a biochemist.

Our Biochemistry course will let you explore the biochemical sciences, and develop your laboratory skills.

Our teaching staff are at the forefront of research in areas like:

  • the molecular basis of disease
  • oncology
  • structural biology
  • DNA recognition
  • cell signalling

 As part of your degree you can:

  • choose specialised, optional modules in areas that interest you
  • solve problems in areas like pathology, pharmacology, and genetics
  • study abroad at one of our partner universities
  • take a year out to work in industry
  • develop practical skills during your project
  • use your knowledge of biochemistry in education, communication or business

You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to follow a wide range of careers. These include biochemistry graduate jobs in clinical biochemistry, biotechnology, forensic science and teaching.

Practicals which use animals or their tissues are an important part of the course. These practicals follow ethical policies and we'll make adjustments for you if you have valid concerns about taking part.

Foundation year

If you have not studied the required Science subjects for this course, you may be eligible to apply for and enter through our Science Foundation Year.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


“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, 2016 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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