Biochemistry with a Placement Year at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Immerse yourself in the wonder of biological organisms and processes at the molecular level. Explore all aspects of life from molecules to cells, tissues and organisms, right up to populations and ecosystems. Learn from leading research scientists who are specialists in their fields of study. Our biochemistry degrees at UEA are taught jointly by the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. This dual approach means that in all elements of the course you benefit from subject-specific experts who inform our undergraduate teaching. Both Schools have research environments recognized to be internationally excellent and with researchers generating outputs of international standing. During your time at UEA, you’ll have the chance to study a range of fascinating subjects, progressing from the basics of biochemistry to higher-level research areas such as protein engineering and cancer biology. You’ll not only learn how to perform ground-breaking and highly specialised research, but also how to interpret and communicate these findings to the wider scientific community. Additionally, this course will give you the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom by spending your third year on a work placement. During this year, you’ll gain experience and insight that’s highly valued by future employers, putting you one step ahead of other graduates. You’ll benefit from our enviable position as an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which houses the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as well as independent, world-renowned research institutes such as the John Innes Centre (research in plant and microbial sciences), the Sainsbury Laboratory (plant-microbe interactions), the Earlham Institute (computational biosciences and biotechnology) and the Quadram Institute (gut health, microbiology and food science).  As a biochemist, you’ll have the potential to make an impact on many areas of contemporary science, including health, nutrition, clean energy and tackling pollution. Biochemists are frequent winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and Michael Houghton, an alumnus of the UEA School of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry PhD, won the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2020. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


Year 1 will give you a grounding in fundamental biochemistry with six compulsory modules such as Bonding, Structure and Periodicity and Chemistry of Carbon-Based Compounds. In Year 2, you build on the knowledge you have acquired in your first year with further compulsory modules as well as optional modules such as Cell Biology and Genetics. Your third year will be spent in industry on a year-long placement, gaining relevant experience. You could gain experience in biotechnology, a hospital or a research institute laboratory. Our students have completed placements with GlaxoSmithKline, Cellzome and the John Innes Centre amongst others. In your final year, you will be given a wide range of optional modules to tailor your studies to your interests. Modules that can be chosen range from Plant Biology to Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes – please see our website for further information. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
International £26100* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
Biochemistry with a Placement Year at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS