University of East Anglia Biochemistry
University of East Anglia Biochemistry
About this course
Join our internationally renowned School of Biological Science based at the heart of the Norwich Research Park, with 100% of our research recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Our Biochemistry course gives you plenty of optional modules, providing you with the opportunity to study many different branches of both biology and chemistry.
We are home to world class academics and some of the best facilities in the country. The majority of learning will take place in lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes providing you with invaluable contact time, while learning through first-hand experience.
Our graduates are highly sought after. With a degree in Biochemistry, you could enter professions in a range of sectors including forensic science, food production, medical biochemistry, science patenting or teaching. Many of our graduates are accepted onto fast-track graduate training schemes with multinational companies.
Biochemistry is a broad and fascinating area of science, spanning many themes in biology, chemistry and even physics.
That’s why we’ve designed our Biochemistry degrees to give you plenty of choice in what you study – both the BSc and MSci include lots of optional modules, and their common first and second years allow you to switch between them once you’ve started studying. So, you’ll have plenty of scope to satisfy your interests in both biology and chemistry.
Our courses provide you with not only scientific knowledge and skills, but also develops you in areas of research and communication, IT, data collection, analytics and critical thinking to allow you to progress into a wide range of careers.
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, including in medical laboratories, forensic sciences, food and brewing industries, science patenting, teaching, science media and more. About a third of our graduate’s progress on to higher degrees (eg MSc, PhD). 90% of graduates from the Schools of Chemistry and Biological Sciences are, on average, within employment or further study within six months of graduation.
Study life and the chemistry that underpins it
The degree is taught by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, which gives you a flexible, diverse programme as well as the benefit of both Schools’ world-renowned expertise.
You’ll be taught the fundamental chemical principles that underlie biochemistry alongside aspects of cellular and molecular biology. This provides your foundation to study more specialist topics that address contemporary developments in the field, from medicinal chemistry and genetics to protein engineering and microbial biotechnology.
The degree is a three-year programme that consists of an in-depth introduction to fundamental biochemical science in the first year, followed by flexible second and third years that allow you to tailor your course to biology, chemistry or a balance of both.
In the final year, you’ll enhance your knowledge of biochemistry as a modern research discipline and have the option to undertake an individual research project that will hone your expertise in an area that takes your interest.
The first year is designed to give you a grounding in fundamental biochemistry, incorporating compulsory modules such as: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology and Genetics; Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds; Bonding, Structure and Periodicity; Practical and Quantitative Skills in Chemistry; and Physical and Analytical Methods in the Biomolecular Sciences.
Your second year will build upon the skills gained in year one with further compulsory modules (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry), while allowing you to begin focusing your attention on biology, chemistry or both through options including: Cell Biology, Genetics, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.
The final year will introduce you to contemporary topics in biochemistry, culminating in an individual research project that will bring together everything you’ve learnt. There are only a few compulsory modules at this stage – Molecular Enzymology in Biology and Medicine; Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering; Research Project or Biology Research Skills – and a very wide range of optional modules to help you really tailor your studies at the end of the degree.
These include Microbial Biotechnology; Genomes, Genes and Genomics; Infection and Immunity; Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Compounds: Structure and Function; Organic compounds: Structure and Properties; and Microbiology.
Practical lab-based teaching
Throughout the three-year course, you’ll have regular access to our amazing facilities including state-of-the-art undergraduate practical laboratories. Your research project may also benefit from access to our research electron microscopes, mass spectrometers and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.
We aim to give our students as much time in the lab as possible, so we’re not just transferring knowledge but also developing skills. We believe hands-on experiments, backed by thought-provoking seminars and lectures, give you the best possible education.
Join a world-renowned research environment
The facilities and faculty at UEA are among the best in country – both Schools are internationally renowned for their research excellence thanks to their contributions to the big problems facing scientists today.
We’re based at the heart of Norwich Research Park – one of the most cited scientific research centres in the country, which specialises in the life sciences. The School of Chemistry is ranked 4th in the UK for the quality of its research output, and 100% of our research in Biological Sciences is internationally recognised (REF 2014).
Norwich Research Park is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent world-renowned research institutes – the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute (nee The Genome Analysis Centre). As well as housing over 40 science and technology based businesses, the Norwich Research Park is one of Europe’s leading centres for research in food, health and the environment, exposing our students to cutting-edge developments in biology.
This prestigious environment produces some ground-breaking research that has a real impact and gives our students access to academics at the top of their field.
Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:
|BONDING, STRUCTURE and PERIODICITY||CHE-4301Y||20|
|CHEMISTRY OF CARBON-BASED COMPOUNDS||CHE-4101Y||20|
|MOLECULES, GENES AND CELLS||BIO-4013Y||40|
|PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY||BIO-4007Y||20|
|RESEARCH SKILLS IN BIOCHEMISTRY||CHE-4602Y||20|
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- A Level ABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics. Science subjects require a Pass in the practical element.
- International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL Chemistry at 5 and one other Science or Maths at HL5
- Scottish Advanced Highers ABB including Chemistry and one other Science or Mathematics
- Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics
- Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science or Maths
- BTEC DDM in a relevant subject area.
- European Baccalaureate 75% overall, including 70% in Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics.
A Level Chemistry and one other Science subject (from Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Applicants with Access or BTEC qualifications who receive an offer will also be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University in Summer 2017. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.
You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you. The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss this further.
The School’s annual intake is in September of each year
Fees and Funding
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.
We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.
How to Apply
Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.
UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.
The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:
Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.