University of Worcester Biochemistry

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University of Worcester Biochemistry

The mechanics of life: discover the molecular machinery that lies at the heart of the cell and drives all living organisms.

At Worcester, we look at the fascinating world of biochemistry from a variety of angles. The core of our course explores the biochemistry of human health, from the processes that cause cancer to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. There are also opportunities to extend your learning in to other areas, such as plant biology and microbiology, depending on your specific interests. There is even the chance to get hands on with real immortalised human cells in the lab.Biochemistry student in lab

Taster days

A Biological Science taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Biological Science taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview. For further information or to request a place please email or complete this enquiry form.

Upcoming taster days:

Tuesday 8th May 2018, 10am – 2pm

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff

96 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Chemistry, Biology and Another Science, Maths or Statistics.

104 UCAS Tariff points MUST include A level Chemistry and Biology.

Other qualifications will be taken into account when considering your application, typical BTEC entry would be DMM


Other information

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Non-standard entry via the exploratory essay route is also available.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Science and Health & Social Science pathways page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry and Genetics



  • Introduction to Nutrition in Humans
  • Health and Disease
  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • An Introduction to Sustainability
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Immunology
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Project and Career Development
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology



  • Work Experience
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Forensic Science
  • Human Systems Physiology
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • The Biochemistry of Cancer
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry



  • Work Experience
  • Mammalian Reproduction
  • Plant Development and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Extension Module
  • Research Methods and Research Project

In your first year you will study a wide range of subjects which will enable you to develop a comprehensive appreciation of biochemistry. In Years 2 and 3 the subjects you take become more specialised and the modular scheme enables you to tailor your course to the areas of biochemistry that you find most interesting. The modules reflect the diversity of the subject and explore such areas as molecular genetics, protein structure and function, immunology, microbiology and the molecular biology of cancer. The range of subjects will allow you to choose a wide variety of career pathways after your degree.

In your final year you will also have the opportunity of undertaking your own research project on a topic that interests you as part of your Independent Study or Biosciences Research Project. Past topics relating to Biochemistry have included association of matrix metalloproteinase genes with asthma, studying cellular interactions of oncoproteins, improving the efficacy of standard chemotherapies to treat cancer and mutagenesis of protein disulphide isomerase.