Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world is rising. As a biochemistry graduate your future career could include developing new drugs, bio-fuels, methods of food production, and clinical practices. Many graduates also undertake further postgraduate study. With a Biochemistry degree from Aston, you’ll have the theoretical grounding, industry know-how, and skills to have a successful career in a wide range of industries such as:

  • Research and development
  • Scientific communication
  • Forensic science
  • Biotechnology
  • Patent law
  • Sales and management
  • Medicinal chemistry.
From finding new ways to save lives to combatting climate change, studying Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham will help you succeed in a subject which has never been more exciting, diverse or important. Our Biochemistry course is focused on preparing you for a future career that makes a big difference. Studying at Aston gives you unrivalled hands-on experience, world-class facilities and specialist teaching. In addition, your integrated placement year will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice. You can undertake placements in hospital, industrial or research laboratories, as well as non-laboratory settings. As a biochemist, you’ll help to comprehend and resolve biological problems through the use of molecular expertise and processes. You will help to lead the way in developing new thinking, techniques and technology in the fields of medicine, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, agriculture and nutrition. Key course benefits:
  • Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, Guardian University Guide, 2020.
  • Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (Biological Sciences, Sunday Times 2021).
  • Access to extensive specialist bioscience laboratory facilities.
  • Work at the interface of biological and physical sciences, gaining key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills.
  • Integrated placement year designed to set your studies in a real world context.

Course details


Year 1 Develop a thorough understanding of the processes that underpin key areas of biochemistry such as how biomolecules assemble into complex structures, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. Core modules: Biomolecules, Cells to Systems, Microbiology and Genetics, and Molecular Metabolism. Year 2 Study topics such as how changes at the molecular level lead to disease, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Core modules: Cell Membranes, Mechanisms of Pathology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Protein Structure and Function. Placement year Gain valuable career-boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Final year Undertake a substantial original research project, choose from a range of advanced modules, and further develop your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation. Core modules: Research Project Preparation, Research Project, and Professional Skills for Biochemists. In addition, you will complete three of the following four options, Molecular and Applied Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Industrial Biotechnology and/or Advanced Cell Membranes. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

Through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, you will gain key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills needed by the modern biochemist. We maximise the time you spend doing hands-on practical work in the lab using specially-designed online activities both before and after the lab sessions. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. You will be assessed throughout the course with wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes, such as: examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple-choice questions), essays, presentations, laboratory reports, project work and computer based assessment.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeC700
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB BBB in three A levels subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry BBC in three A level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry plus B in an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths. BCC in three A level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry for Contextual offer students (more details Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD BTEC any subject plus BB in A Level Biology and Chemistry (BC for contextual students). BTEC Applied Science plus grade B in A Level Chemistry (C for contextual students). Please visit this link for more details on our Contextual Offer Scheme https: //
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits Subjects Accepted: Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Combined Sciences, Health Sciences, Health Sciences Professions, Life Sciences and Sciences.
Scottish Higher BBBBB This must include Biology and Chemistry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD BTEC any subject plus BB in A Level Biology and Chemistry (BC for contextual students). BTEC Applied Science plus grade B in A Level Chemistry (C for contextual students). Please visit this link for more details on our Contextual Offer Scheme https: //
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in both A Level Biology AND Chemistry. Contextual Offer students would need to achieve BC in their A Level Biology AND Chemistry (more details https: //
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English Language.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language

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

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19300 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status.
Biochemistry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS