Bristol's School of Biochemistry has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and its research. We score highly in student surveys, receiving 94 per cent overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

Our courses offer a great deal of flexibility and choice, allowing you to explore a wide range of subjects and to tailor your degree to your own interests. Each of our three-year biochemistry BSc courses includes the option of transferring to our research-intensive, four-year MSci.

We also offer the opportunity of spending a year in an industrial or research placement as a component of your BSc degree.

Why study Biochemistry at Bristol?

Biochemistry is a scientific discipline with the ultimate aim of understanding life's processes at a molecular level. Broadly, it encompasses:

  • the chemical nature and structure of biological molecules and how they interact with each other;
  • complex cellular reactions and the generation of energy to power cellular activity;
  • communication and co-ordination within and between cells;
  • the replication, expression and repair of genetic material.

Our teaching is informed by a wealth of wide-ranging and cutting-edge research, ensuring our undergraduate students receive rigorous and relevant tuition.

The school's research groups investigate some of the major challenges in modern biochemistry using problem-solving approaches ranging from a detailed examination of biological processes at the level of single molecules, to exploring the complex organisation of cells and whole organisms.

International students who are offered a place on courses within the School of Biochemistry can apply for an Undergraduate International Scholarship.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our biochemistry courses are ideally suited to you if you have a strong interest in cutting-edge biosciences research. You need to be a motivated, independent learner with good numeracy skills.

How is this course taught and assessed?

We provide an excellent teaching framework to support your learning through lectures, practicals, workshops and small-group tutorials. You will receive thorough training in experimental techniques in our modern teaching laboratories.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide support throughout your degree and our courses are supported by specialised online tools.

Your research training culminates in a final-year practical project which may be undertaken in one of our research labs. There are a range of options, including computer-based (bioinformatics) practical projects.

You will also undertake a final-year literature project in which you review current scientific literature and write a report on a specialist area of biochemistry.

Assessment is usually via unseen exams, which may include essays, multiple choice questions, calculation questions and coursework.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates forge careers in a broad range of scientific and related disciplines. You may be employed in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or in a medical or agricultural research establishment. Biochemists are also employed in the scientific and medical publishing sector and as patent examiners.

More than one third of our graduates undertake further training and gain a higher degree in biochemistry or a related science, or go on to study in areas such as medicine.

We provide dedicated transferable and employability skills training on all our biochemistry courses and our graduates also enter professions such as teaching, law, finance and other non-scientific careers. Biochemists are very employable; more than 90 per cent of our graduates were employed or undertaking further study when surveyed fifteen months after graduating.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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