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Biochemistry (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #302 (QS) ,
Biochemistry explores chemical processes within and related to living organisms. The Biochemistry (Hons) course is a laboratory based programme from University of Dundee that brings together biology and chemistry.


The Biochemistry (Hons) course from University of Dundee involves the study of complex processes in cells and organisms at the molecular level. Molecular genetics is concerned with the structure and function of the genetic material, and molecular biology with the functions of the cell's macromolecules.

The boundaries between Biochemistry and its related disciplines are, however, becoming less distinct. We reflect this by providing a common structure to the degree programmes for these subjects in your first three years of study.

Depending upon your choice of project and taught topics at Level 4 you can graduate with a degree in either Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Molecular Genetics.The University of Dundee is recognised internationally as one of the leading centres for biochemical research, including areas such as cell signalling, cell and developmental biology, cell division, diabetes and cancer research.


A degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics or Molecular Biology opens the door to many career options. Graduates in these areas are in great demand in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, biotechnology and healthcare industries, with openings for laboratory work or in the marketing, sales and management areas. Comparable openings can be found in the various agricultural, medical and veterinary research institutes, hospitals and the scientific Civil Service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Life Sciences: the early years
  • Introduction to the Life Sciences: why go multicellular?
  • Laboratory and Research Skills 
  • Introduction to Maths, Physics & Chemistry
  • Life: building the organism
  • Life: the underlying structures
  • Laboratory and Research Skills 
  • Science in Society 
  • Introduction to Scientific Enterprise (optional)

                    English Language Requirements

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                    • Minimum required score:


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                    Academic Requirements

                    General Requirements

                    • SQA Higher: AABB
                    • GCE A-Level: ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical)
                    • BTEC: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences
                    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International

                      20950 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 20950 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                    Living costs for Dundee

                    • 787 - 1500 GBP/month
                      Living Costs

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