Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our four year BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course with integrated placement year focuses on the study of life at the molecular level. You will explore the way that molecules are synthesised, regulated and interact to give rise to highly complex organisms. Biochemistry lies at the interface of the life and physical sciences and is therefore applicable to a wide range of fields such as medicine, pharmaceutics and biotechnology. The course is designed to equip you with the key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills necessary to succeed in this field. You will study though a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions with a compulsory integrated placement year designed to give you further experience and enhance your career prospects. Upon completion of the course you will meet the rising demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world. Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of professional careers in both the public and private sectors including research and development, scientific communication, patent law, and sales and management. Many graduates will undertake further postgraduate study. Key course benefits:

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).
  • Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).
  • Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, The Guardian League Table, 2020).

Course details


Year 1 During your fist year you will develop a thorough understanding of the molecules and processes that underpin areas of biochemistry including; how biomolecules assemble into complex structures including cells, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. In addition to studying topics such as biomolecules, cells to systems and molecular metabolism, you'll learn how to safely undertake laboratory work and receive training in key skills through our personal tutoring system. Year 2 In the second year, you will further your knowledge of topics that you studied in your first and continue to build on your key skills. You’ll cover topics such as the structure and function of biomolecules using fundamental chemistry, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Modules will include cell membranes, protein structure and function, as well as mechanisms of pathology. Placement year Gain valuable career-boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally. Final year Your final year will prepare you with the skills required to undertake a substantial original research project, including; how to critically review scientific literature, creating and testing hypotheses using appropriate methodologies and how to critically reflect on your own research. In addition you will have the opportunity to select from a range of advanced modules as well as further developing your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, including Lectures Practical sessions Interactive workshops and tutorials Group work Self-study courses You will be continuously assessed throughout the course. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, including examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please contact the University directly for further information on overseas scholarships.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.
Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS