Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Gain knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.
  • Combine the chemical and biological sciences to understand cellular mechanisms underpinning disease and advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies.
  • Apply the material taught at university to real-world experience as a biochemist with year-long or summer placement opportunities available.
Transfer to the MSci route for a specialist year of research intensive study working alongside our internationally recognised researchers. This is an academically challenging course which will develop your practical and digital skills. You will gain a deep understanding of the subject through placements and extensive lab work in our award-winning laboratories graduating as an experienced and employable biochemist. All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Through the study of modules including molecular biology, analytical science, cell biology and organic and biological chemistry you will gain an in-depth understanding of a breadth of biochemistry with the flexibility to choose optional subjects in your second and final years focussing your specialisms. How you learn: With a strong focus on employability throughout your course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills desired by graduate science-sector employers or post graduate education providers. You learn through:
  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • small group academic tutorials
  • scenario-based laboratory classes
  • project work
Applied learning - Work placements Between your second and final year of study you have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that will give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. Or if you’re unable to commit to a year, it’s also possible to work for a shorter period of time during a summer placement (which can still contribute towards your degree). Completion of a year-long work placement will allow you to achieve an Advanced Professional Diploma alongside your degree. By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you will enter the jobs market with a CV that attracts employer attention. You can apply for placements in companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute or in research laboratories, universities and hospitals. If you are undertaking a work placement in another European country, there may be the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme. Research projects During your final year you will combine the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a specialist research project working alongside an expert in your chosen subject area. Opportunities are available for both lab and non lab-based science projects allowing you the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest. Networking opportunities On top of your work placement, the course has excellent links to potential employers and previous graduates, allowing you plenty of opportunities for networking.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules: Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry Human Physiology And Anatomy Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills Year 2 - Compulsory modules: Analytical And Bioanalytical Science Molecular Biology And Biochemistry Professional And Scientific Practice 2 Topics In Biochemistry Elective modules: Advanced Cell Biology Organic And Biological Chemistry Year 3 - Compulsory modules: Professional And Scientific Practice 3 Final year - Compulsory modules: Advanced Analytical Science Applied Biochemistry Research Project Elective modules: Advanced Organic Synthesis And Spectroscopy Bioethics And Bioinformatics Bioethics And Human Genetics Bioinformatics And Human Genetics Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery Pharmacology

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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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Additional entry requirements


We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2022/23 are £9,250 per year. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Biochemistry at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS