Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

Our biochemistry programmes benefit from having world'leading researchers in both biology and chemistry together in one department. You will study the ways in which both disciplines interact in living organisms, and learn how this underpins our understanding of biological and medical science.

Initially, you will study organic and physical chemistry, as well as genetics and cell biology; you will then go onto study topics such as macromolecular protein assemblies and cell'signalling, as well as the biochemistry of disease, cell biology and differentiation. The application of molecular concepts to complex biological systems is at the cutting edge of science in the 21st century. You will learn about the key biochemical concepts and the chemistry that underpins them, as well as the real'world applications of these principles in fields such as biotechnology and medicine. You will divide your time between chemistry and biology, although the balance can be adjusted to suit your interests.

For the first two years, you will follow the same curriculum as our three'year Biochemistry BSc programme. You will spend your third year doing paid work in the pharmaceutical industry (subject to performance and interview) or carrying out an extended research project. These options will give you invaluable work experience, allowing you to practice your chemistry skills in a real industrial or research laboratory setting. For your fourth year you will return to QMUL to complete your studies.

Course Modules

Year 1

Basic Biochemistry

Cell Biology

Essential Skills for Biochemists

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II

Molecular Genetics


Practical Biochemistry

Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology

Start Date:


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