Cardiff University Biochemistry

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Cardiff University Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of biological systems and how they function at the molecular level, and also includes cell and developmental biology. It is a subject that has a rich history of scientific discoveries, from enzymology and metabolic pathways to the discovery of genes and the structure of DNA. Today the subject embraces important new areas, such as genomics, systems and synthetic biology and is central to all aspects of biology.

During this course, you will learn the key role that biochemistry and biomolecular sciences contribute to advances in all biological disciplines, including medicine and biotechnology. You will receive extensive hands-on training in laboratory and (depending on module selection and availability) field research techniques, and gain practical experience of widely transferable skills in computing, statistics, data analysis and presentation.

The programme combines scientific understanding with the development of academic skills (critical appraisal, evaluation and analysis of data) along with the development of practical, presentation and written skills within a scientific context. The course ultimately aims to produce graduates who are employable, well-informed, versatile and enthusiastic ambassadors for science.

The knowledge and skills that you develop during your Biochemistry degree will make you employable in a broad range of careers within all areas of biological and molecular sciences, including pharmaceutical industries, research, publishing and teaching. The analytical and other skills acquired on the course are also an excellent grounding for many other career paths outside of science. Alternatively you may wish to further your studies by pursuing a higher degree.

Distinctive features

Our degrees are closely linked to the research interests of the staff who teach them, allowing you to experience the excitement of learning in an active research environment. We attract substantial external research funding and this will allow you make use of the latest equipment, techniques and facilities in your project work. The School also houses a permanently staffed Field Station in Borneo, as well as leading the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, one of the University’s flagship Institutes, allowing access to a wide range of exciting training opportunities.

This programme offers a high degree of flexibility with student choice at its core. You have the freedom to decide how your academic experience develops. You can choose to specialise in a particular area or to maintain a wide breadth of learning and explore the interdisciplinary research that underpins much of the School’s success.

There are many opportunities to get involved with research and every biosciences student has a common first year, so you experience a taste of all areas of the subject. This allowed me to find out that I have an interest in topics I never thought I would enjoy, as Cardiff is so flexible with degree schemes I was able to change from Biology to Ecology.

Sophie Franks, Undergraduate Student (Ecology)

Key facts

UCAS Code C700
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Typical places available The School typically has approx 415 places available.
Typical applications received The School typically receives approx 2500 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Biosciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB-ABB including Biology and a second science (preferably Chemistry).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one non-science A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 34 points, with a minimum score of 6 in Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.


If you require assistance in completing your application please contact our admissions team:

Student enquiries

If you are applying from outside the EU you may also wish to contact our international office for advice:

International Office