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Course summary

95.8% for overall satisfaction in Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry (National Student Survey – NSS 2022) 94% of our research overall in Biological Sciences was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021) About the course What are the mechanisms of life? Studying Biochemistry at Sussex, you’ll explore this question. Taught by leading biochemists and chemists, you’ll:

  • study life at the molecular scale
  • explore the chemical processes underpinning the activities of cells and organisms
  • discover what happens when things go wrong, leading to diseases such as cancer
  • find out how biochemistry can help us develop new therapeutics.
From Year 1, you’ll be in the lab gaining hands-on practical skills, recording, analysing and interpreting data from your experiments. You’ll learn about current theories in the field, communicating complex topics and working as part of a team. The course is informed by the latest research. It’s flexible so you can tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. You’ll be inspired by modules in areas such as medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, cell signalling and neuroscience. You’ll be supported by a friendly community of scientists in the School of Life Sciences. Our student mentoring programme can also provide you with academic support should you need it. When you graduate, you’ll have skills in:
  • purifying and analysing key biomolecules such as nucleic acids and enzymes
  • exploring genomics data
  • carrying out your own research project.
With such skills, a variety of careers are open to you, in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, or within forensics. Your data-handling and analytical skills mean you could develop a career both inside and outside of science. And in addition, in your integrated Masters year, you gain a strong theoretical and practical foundation for a career in – or related to – research. You’ll spend a semester working on an individual research project in one of our Biochemistry research teams. In this year, you’ll develop advanced skills in technical, analytical and scientific communication skills. MSci or BSc? We also offer this course as a three-year BSc, or a BSc with an industrial placement year. About Sussex Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better. Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries. Location We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast. We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away. With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.


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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Including at least 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic59Including at least 59 in all four skills.
TOEFL (iBT)80TOEFL (iBT), including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

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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 £25000 Year 1
International £25000 Year 1

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Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.
Biochemistry at University of Sussex - UCAS