Aston University, Birmingham

Biochemistry Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Our four year BSc (Hons) Biochemistry course with integrated placement year focuses on the study of life at the molecular level. You will explore the way that molecules are synthesised, regulated and interact to give rise to highly complex organisms. Biochemistry lies at the interface of the life and physical sciences and is therefore applicable to a wide range of fields such as medicine, pharmaceutics and biotechnology.

The course is designed to equip you with the key laboratory, analytical, computational and communication skills necessary to succeed in this field. You will study though a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions with a compulsory integrated placement year designed to give you further experience and enhance your career prospects.

Upon completion of the course you will meet the rising demand for qualified biochemists within the UK and across the world. Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of professional careers in both the public and private sectors including research and development, scientific communication, patent law, and sales and management. Many graduates will undertake further postgraduate study.

Key course benefits:

  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).

  • Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020).

  • Top 20 in the UK for students satisfied with teaching (Biosciences, The Guardian League Table, 2020).

Course details


Year 1
During your fist year you will develop a thorough understanding of the molecules and processes that underpin areas of biochemistry including; how biomolecules assemble into complex structures including cells, how genetic material is stored and inherited and fundamental microbiological concepts. In addition to studying topics such as biomolecules, cells to systems and molecular metabolism, you'll learn how to safely undertake laboratory work and receive training in key skills through our personal tutoring system.

Year 2
In the second year, you will further your knowledge of topics that you studied in your first and continue to build on your key skills. You’ll cover topics such as the structure and function of biomolecules using fundamental chemistry, the role that cell signalling plays in life processes and learn how to apply fundamental biochemical concepts to experimental and real-world problems. Modules will include cell membranes, protein structure and function, as well as mechanisms of pathology.

Placement year
Gain valuable career-boosting experience by setting your studies in a real world context of a working environment alongside professionals. Undertake your placement in a wide variety of settings such as hospital, industrial or research laboratories or non-laboratory settings. Placements can be taken in the UK, EU or internationally.

Final year
Your final year will prepare you with the skills required to undertake a substantial original research project, including; how to critically review scientific literature, creating and testing hypotheses using appropriate methodologies and how to critically reflect on your own research. In addition you will have the opportunity to select from a range of advanced modules as well as further developing your professional skills ready for your first career step post-graduation.

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Assessment method

You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, including Lectures Practical sessions Interactive workshops and tutorials Group work Self-study courses You will be continuously assessed throughout the course. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, including 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

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C700
Institution code A80
Campus name Main 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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB - ABB ABB - BBB in three A levels subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry

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.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

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 Plus A Level Biology and Chemistry at grade B

If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve a grade B in A Level Chemistry
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.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 31 points 32 - 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade BB in both Biology AND Chemistry. We can accept any subjects in the BTEC.

If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve a grade B in A Level Chemistry.
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. We can accept any subjects in the BTEC.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Course contact details

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+44 (0)121 204 3302