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University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores the fundamental chemical processes within living organisms. Biochemistry considers molecular-level processes across a range of disciplines including genetics, microbiology, forensics and medicine. Because of this breadth, biochemistry is hugely important, and advances in this field over the past 100 years have been staggering. It’s an exciting time to be part of this fascinating area of study.

At Essex, we specialise in structure-function relationships of biomolecules which offers insight into the interactions that occur in the complex cellular pathways that control vision and cell death. We also use computational approaches and bioinformatics to complement our research. On our BSc Biochemistry you study areas including:

- Molecular enzymology
- Neurodegeneration
- Structural biology
- Bioenergetics
- Metabolism

In our large, friendly School, you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical lab sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and develop skills by doing experiments at the laboratory bench.

You gain a solid grounding across a range of related topics, with the chance to contribute to real-world research projects in your final year of study.

Programme structure

Year 1

Molecular Cell Biology
Genetics and Evolution
Biochemistry of Macromolecules
General and Organic Chemistry
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Scientific and Transferable Skills for Biosciences

Year 2

Biomolecular Science: Skills and Employability
Molecular Biology: Genes, Proteins and Disease
Genome Science
Cell Biology
Metals in Biology
Membrane Biology and Bioenergetics
Proteins and Macromolecular Assemblies

Final year

Research Project in Biomolecular Science
Issues in Biomolecular Science
Structural and Molecular Enzymology
Bioinformatics (optional)
Rational Drug Design (optional)
Human Molecular Genetics (optional)
Cancer Biology (optional)
Mechanisms of Neurological Disease (optional)

Career opportunities

You graduate ready to move into a wide variety of industrial and public sector environments, from the NHS to pharmaceuticals, forensic science, health and safety, teaching.

Our students have gone on to work in a number of laboratory-based roles in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and in hospitals, clinics and healthcare companies. Others have gone on to work in sales, publishing and management, while others still have chosen to enhance their career opportunities by studying for MSc or PhD degrees.

Biochemistry and biomedical science courses also provide the ideal background for entry onto postgraduate medicine programmes, and eight of our 2011 graduates obtained places at medical schools across the UK.

Other recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high profile organisations:

SAL Cambridge (microbiology samples)
Postgraduate Pharmacology
Postgraduate Nutrition

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States