University of Sussex

Biochemistry University of Sussex Degree level: Undergraduate


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About the course

In the School of Life Sciences at Sussex, you'll learn from some of the world’s leading biochemists.

This means you can choose from a range of modules – based on the latest research – in topics such as molecular biology and drug discovery. You’ll understand the theory, practise your skills in laboratory sessions and get ready for your own research project.

Your integrated Masters year helps you develop advanced research skills while working with a departmental research group.

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.


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.

Course details


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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 C707
Institution code S90
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAA - AAB A-levels must include both Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of Biology or Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in both Biology and Chemistry related topics.
You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 0 credits
You will need substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in both Biology and Chemistry or will need to have taken A-levels in these subjects in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.
You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).
Scottish Higher AAAAA - AAABB Highers must include both Biology and Chemistry, with at least grade B in each. Ideally, you will also have both these sciences as Advanced Highers.
You will also need Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics with grade B in each.
Extended Project We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 - 36 points This score should be from the full IB Diploma.
You will need Higher Level in both Biology and Chemistry, with grade 5 in one and grade 6 in the other.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Including at least 6.0 in each component.
PTE Academic 62.0 Including at least 56 in all four skills.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 TOEFL (iBT), including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,750 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

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be charged at the Home fee rate for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period (see

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