Sheffield Hallam University

Biochemistry Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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  • Attain key knowledge and practical experience of molecular, biochemical and analytical science.

  • Study in award-winning laboratory facilities.

  • Gain real-world experience of biochemistry with year-long or summer placement opportunities.

  • Transfer to an MSci degree route for a year of practical research training, and improve the prospects of research-based employment.

  • Grow and excel in this rewarding field, and graduate as an employable, experienced biochemist.
  • Accreditation*
    Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this course provides you with a balanced, well-rounded education and hands-on practical training in biochemistry. You gain a deep understanding of the subject through industry placements and extensive lab work.

You'll undertake comprehensive training in the latest biochemical and analytical methods, using industry-standard equipment within our world class teaching laboratories. You gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of biochemistry from a theoretical perspective, and undertake relevant work placements and mini research projects.

The quality of our teaching is evidenced through many course lecturers winning the University's Inspirational Teaching Awards multiple times and three receiving the Vice Chancellor's Inspirational Teaching Awards for their outstanding contributions.

You learn through

  • lectures and workshops

  • laboratory work

  • research projects

  • industry placements

  • oral presentations

  • development of lab posters

Work placements
You can apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace by applying for a work placement in year three. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and professional skills that can give you a significant advantage at the start of your career. If you are unable to commit to a year, it is also possible to work for a shorter amount of time during a summer placement. These shorter placements can still contribute to your degree.

By securing a placement with one of our industry partners, you ensure that you 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 doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Research projects
Working alongside research active staff you will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge that you have gained during your degree to undertake a final year research project. This is usually completed in our laboratories at the University. It may also be possible to undertake your project at your placement organisation.

Networking opportunities
On top of your industry placement, the course has excellent links to the industry and its alumni, allowing you ample opportunity for networking.

Course details


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Cellular Biology And Biochemistry With Microbiology - 20.00 credits
Fundamentals Of Organic Chemistry - 20.00 credits
Human Physiology And Anatomy - 20.00 credits
Principles Of Chemistry And Analytical Science -20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Labs 20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 1: Skills 20.00 credits

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Analytical And Bioanalytical Science - 20.00 credits
Molecular Biology And Biochemistry - 20.00 credits
Professional And Scientific Practice 2 - 40.00 credits
Topics In Biochemistry - 20.00 credits
Elective modules
Advanced Cell Biology - 20.00 credits
Organic And Biological Chemistry - 20.00 credits

Final year

Compulsory modules
Advanced Analytical Science - 20.00 credits
Applied Biochemistry - 20.00 credits
Research Project - 40.00 credits
Elective modules
Bioethics And Bioinformatics -20.00 credits
Bioethics And Human Genetics - 20.00 credits
Bioinformatics And Human Genetics - 20.00 credits
Medicinal Chemistry And Drug Discovery - 20.00 credits
Pharmacology - 20.00 credits

Assessment method

• Examinations
• Coursework
• Practical work

Professional bodies

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

  • Royal Society of Biology

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 S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points 80 UCAS points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include both Biology and Chemistry A level qualifications studied and passed wiith at least 24 UCAS points from Biology or Chemistry A level or equivalent qualifications.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSc Biochemistry with Foundation Year.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Accepted alongside A-level Biology or Chemistry
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
Access to HE Diploma from a relevant QAA-recognised Access to HE course which has mainly biology and chemistry related modules, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or 4.

successfully completing our Foundation Certificate in Biosciences & Chemistry

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 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

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Sponsorship information

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

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
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S1 1WB

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