Biochemistry with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course Summary

  • Study life at cellular, molecular and chemical levels.
  • Combine biological and chemical modules, ranging from Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry to Medical Chemistry and Drug Synthesis.
  • Tailor your degree structure to your interests and career ambitions.
  • Learn how the latest scientific innovations are being used to have a positive impact on the world.
  • Work with our expert staff to complete your own cutting-edge research projects in our award-winning labs using industry standard equipment.
  • Take an optional placement year, enabling you to gather priceless hands-on experience in an industrial setting.
Our BSc Biochemistry course provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry. As well as the option to take a year-long placement, you can adapt the degree to your career ambitions – choosing a biological or chemical focus. You can also transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research-intensive study. If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll be taught by active researchers and scientific experts with a history of working in the pharmaceutical industry. We encourage a hands-on approach, with your learning linked to departmental research themes to make sure you’re learning at the forefront of science. You’ll also have opportunities to undertake research projects at the end of each year, culminating in a final year 6-week project. This could be a lab-based biochemical or chemistry project, or focus on bioinformatics, big data, computational modelling, systematic reviews, educational development or scientific communication. You learn through:
  • In-person seminars and lectures
  • Independent study
  • Tutorials and academic adviser sessions
  • Practical lab experiences with industry-standard equipment
  • Placements and research opportunities
  • Real life research projects
  • The latest scientific software and data analysis tools
  • Problem solving and group activities
Key themes In your first year, you’ll learn fundamental life sciences before moving onto applied modules such as biochemistry and genetics, using the latest technologies including PCR, genome sequencing, and bioinformatics software. You’ll be trained in organic and physical chemistry and analytical techniques. In your second year, you’ll study molecular and cellular biochemistry – training in the latest analytical and bioanalytical technologies and undertaking a laboratory project. You’ll get to choose a more chemical or biological focus too. In your third year, you’ll study applied biochemistry and advanced analytical techniques, with elective choices such as advanced therapeutics and personalised medicine, medical chemistry and drug discovery, neuroscience and neurophysiology, and genetics. You’ll also work with staff to complete an independent research project. Course support Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources to help you to plan and structure your assignments.
Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to complete a year-long placement between your second and third year. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Concepts In Biology And Chemistry Developing Skills For Science Foundation Skills For Science Foundations Of Biology And Chemistry Year 2 Compulsory modules Biochemistry And Genetics Demonstrating Professional Skills For Scientists Fundamentals Of Life Sciences Introducing Professional Skills For Scientists Principles Of Chemical Analysis Year 3 Compulsory modules Applications Of Analytical Science Applying Professional Skills For Scientists Developing Professional Skills For Scientists Molecular And Cellular Biochemistry Elective modules Immunology And Microbiology Organic And Biosynthetic Chemistry Year 4 Compulsory modules Placement Year For Biosciences And Chemistry Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Analytical Science Advanced Professional Skills For Scientists Applied Biochemistry Research Project Elective modules Advanced Chemical Synthesis Advanced Genetics  Advanced Therapeutics And Personalised Medicine Applications Of Data Science Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Neurobiology And Neurophysiology Pharmacology

Assessment method

Coursework, examinations, and practicals.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Biochemistry with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS