King's College London

Course Introduction

On our Biochemistry BSc course you will study all areas of modern biochemistry including: biological chemistry, structural biology and biophysics, metabolism, cell biology, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, immunology and microbiology. This is a subject in which practical skills and the capacity to experiment are vital so, alongside theoretical learning, you will also be trained in laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis and presentation.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year 1’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

In Year 2 you may also choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, or you can apply to undertake an extra'mural or work placement, usually at a leading biomedicine employer.

In your third year there is an opportunity to specialise further and to pursue laboratory and/or library'based projects in areas of current biomedical research. Alternatively, you can apply to transfer to our four'year Biochemistry MSci course or the four'year Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci.


Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self'study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

If you choose an extra'mural placement this will be assessed through a written dissertation and a poster presentation which will be deemed equivalent to 60 credits at level 6 (the normal level of year 3 study).

Studying abroad

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad for your second year at one of our partner universities, which currently include:

The University of Melbourne, Australia

National University of Singapore

The University of California

The University of North Carolina ' Chapel Hill

You may be required to fulfil additional entry requirements for this option.

Extra'mural year

You may apply for an extra'mural year, to be taken between the second and third years if selected. Students apply directly to placement providers through a process facilitated by the university. Placements, either in the UK or overseas, may be in a pharmaceutical company, a government research establishment or academic research institute. Courses incorporating the extra'mural year are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Placement companies in the past have included:

CIB (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas), Madrid

Eli Lilly & Company Ltd

GlaxoSmithKline Co. Durham / Stevenage / Uxbridge

Huntingdon Life Sciences Limited

Imanova Ltd, Imperial College

Life Science Institute, National University of Singapore

Medical Research Council Technology

MRC National Institute for Medical Research

Novartis Switzerland / UK / USA

NUS Singapore

OSI Prosidion Limited


Pneumolabs UK Limited, Stevenage

St George’s, University of London


William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary’s University London

Wolfson Centre for Age'Related Diseases (CARD), King’s College London

MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology

During year three you can apply to transfer to the four'year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90'credit research project usually at an external industrial provider within the UK during your fourth year.

A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.


This course is taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees