University Of Bristol Biochemistry

University of Bristol logo

University Of Bristol Biochemistry

Bristol’s School of Biochemistry has an excellent reputation for the quality of both its teaching and its research making it one of the best places to study biochemistry in the UK.

We provide a number of biochemistry courses and offer you the opportunity to spend a year in an industrial or research placement as part of your degree. Our courses offer a great deal of flexibility and choice, allowing you to explore a wide range of subjects and tailor your degree to your own interests.

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 at Bristol 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 experimental work and biomedical research. You need to be a motivated, independent learner and good numeracy skills are essential.

I applied for Biochemistry as it focuses on Chemistry with a strong practical element. The University has an excellent reputation for science-related courses, and provides lots of different facilities for private study to suit all students.

Holly (BSc Biochemistry with Study in Industry)

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 the eBiolabs online tool.

Your research training culminates in a final year practical project undertaken in one of our research labs. A range of options is available, 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 and 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 a 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 or other non-scientific careers.

Biochemistry courses for 2017

Single Honours

  • BSc Biochemistry (C700)
  • MSci Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry (C720)
  • MSci Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (C790)
  • MSci Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • BSc Biochemistry with Study in Industry

Contacting the school

Undergraduate admissions

Postgraduate admissions

General enquiries

Contacting members of Biochemistry staff