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Course summary

Why choose this course

  • Study a research-led curriculum that explores the fundamental processes of life at a cellular level, from simple existence to the coordination of billions of living cells, finding the answers to everyday questions like ‘Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab?’
  • Be taught by research-active biochemists who have expertise in genetic engineering, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, toxicology and more.
  • Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements and work for pharmaceutical organisations, food suppliers, hospitals and biotechnology companies.
  • Complete an integrated masters and a laboratory-based dissertation, exploring topics like antibody class switching in B cells and neurodegenerative diseases, in preparation for a technical research career in industry or academia.
  • Get the academic and laboratory experience needed to be eligible to apply for associate membership with the Royal Society of Biology, once you’ve successfully completed the course.
What you will study Biochemistry is at the heart of life and the explanation of all life processes. Both health and disease, and ageing and development are complex biochemical processes. By understanding more about these, we can generate more effective ways to help humanity. During the course, you’ll find answers to some everyday questions like:
  • How can we protect ourselves from ultraviolet light?
  • Is there a scientific basis to aphrodisiacs?
  • Why do we feel ill after getting a flu jab?
  • Why do we love chocolate?
As a biochemist, you’ll play a crucial role in the development of new treatments for a range of diseases, including cancer, studying the chemical and physical principles of living things and biological processes. During your first two years, you’ll develop a broad understanding of biochemistry, with opportunities to familiarise yourself with contemporary biochemical methodology and sample some of its most intriguing applications. You’ll choose a range of optional modules in bacteriology, biodiversity, neuroscience and virology. In your third year, you’ll build on your biochemistry knowledge and select five optional modules, exploring topics such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, systems biology and toxicology. You’ll also complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical, and presentation skills you’ve developed.


To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK, with more than 140 nationalities playing a role in university life. Our International Recruitment team are here to help you throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey. You can contact them via [email protected] Applicants who require a Student Visa to study in the UK: To apply for a Student Visa, you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) for the University you wish to study at. This is a unique number which will enable you to apply for your visa. The University is under no legal obligation to sponsor any individual and exercises caution with respect to issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to avoid risking its status as a Student sponsor. Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) will be issued in accordance with the Student Route and CAS Issuing Policy, available at:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis, taking into account qualifications achieved, predicted grades, personal statement and academic reference. Conditional offers are specified in terms of required grades; we do not make offers in terms of overall UCAS tariff. We understand that predicted grades are an estimate and will consider applicants who have predicted grades that are a little lower than our published requirement. Any offers we make will align with the grades shown above unless a grade reduction can be offered under our Contextual Admissions policy or our In2Surrey scheme. Details can be found here: Applicants with a mixed qualification profile (e.g. those taking A-levels and BTEC qualifications) are encouraged to contact [email protected] for guidance on the grades accepted.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element

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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

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

The University of Surrey offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support our students, please visit for more details.

Biochemistry at University of Surrey - UCAS