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Biochemistry (MBiochem)

Master of Biochemistry
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Modern biochemists study the molecular processes of life. It covers topics from DNA to proteins, single molecules to cells, all the way up to complex lifeforms. Our Masters programme will prepare you for a career in clinical biochemistry, biotechnology or pharmacology. It also provides the perfect foundation for further research or a PhD.

Our course will give you a good understanding of biochemistry, and develop your practical skills in a laboratory.

Our teaching staff are researchers at the forefront of their field. You'll learn how biochemistry can help us develop new drugs, and you'll explore:

  • cell biology

  • pathology

  • pharmacology

  • genetics

In the fourth year, you can work with our research teams on an original, in-depth research project. You'll research the molecular basis of disease, oncology, structural biology and DNA recognition. It will give you a chance to improve your research skills, and help us understand this fascinating field.

As part of your degree you can:

  • take a year out to work in industry

  • study abroad at one of our partner universities

  • specialise in particular areas, tailoring the degree to your own interests

  • take specialist skills modules to learn about cutting-edge technologies

  • use your knowledge of biochemistry in education, communication or business

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 385.73 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

Depending on your A levels and performance in year 1, you may have the opportunity to transfer to a related biological sciences degree at the end of your first year.