Biochemistry BSc

Entry Requirements


Why study Biochemistry at Shrewsbury?

This course is for you if you:

  • have an interest in understanding the biochemistry of life
  • wish to study how cells live and die
  • want to understand the different ways in which cells communicate
  • want to understand how we can manipulate genes or gene expression to improve food production or cure genetic disease
  • want to explore novel drug targets.



During this course, you will be able to:

  • help shape the future of biochemical research
  • study Biochemistry in the birthplace of Darwin, walk Darwin’s thinking path at The Mount while pondering how our environment interacts with our genes and metabolism, and sit in the library where Darwin was schooled.

Please note, this course is also available with a Foundation Year.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The first year provides a foundation for study in Years 2 and 3, and a comprehensive review of key concepts and skills for students with a range of backgrounds. You will gain the core discipline knowledge and competency within the laboratory environment, as well as essential practical techniques. Modules include:

  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecules of Life
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Human Physiology
  • Research Methods

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2, you will take modules that involve enhanced skills and study key concepts in greater detail, building on the foundations established in the first year. Many of the topics are extended in the third year. You will study the following modules:

  • Metabolic Regulation
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Signalling
  • Applied Laboratory Skills

Year 3 (Level 6)

The final-year modules integrate the key concepts addressed within the first and second year, and heighten awareness of current advances and practice in the discipline of their choice. You will complete a 40-credit Research Dissertation in your chosen discipline, and study the following modules:

  • Gene Regulation
  • Cell Membrane Biology
  • Protein Interactions
  • Current Topics in Biochemistry

How will I be taught?

Teaching will be in the form of lectures, tutorial and seminar sessions and laboratory-based practicals.

In the first and second years contact hours will average 20-24 hours each week.  In the final year, contact time is reduced as the requirement for private study increases. 



The assessment package for each module can include examination and coursework. The proportion of each will vary between modules, and the coursework may comprise a written report, a case study, a literature review, a poster or an oral presentation. The research dissertation will be assessed by the submission of a 4,000-word research paper.


As a graduate, you may be sought after as research scientist, or within sales by pharmaceutical companies. You will also be well placed for continuing in to postgraduate study, and suitable Masters Programmes are available through the University of Chester’s Institute of Medicine:

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including GCE A Level Chemistry


BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma (Applied Science) – DMM/D*D* (must include Chemistry modules)


BBBB including Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

26 points, including 5 or above in HL Chemistry


Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit


OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

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