B.Sc. On Campus


University of Reading

36 months
24500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Biochemistry degree offered at the University of Reading you will learn about the molecular basis of life, and gain valuable laboratory and research skills.


At the University of Reading studying the Biochemistry you will get involved in world-class research and gain hands-on experience through the strong practical element of this course, which is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

You will learn how chemicals combine to create living organisms, and how all lifeforms function. The University of Reading specialises in the biochemistry of disease, and you will discover how it affects the body at a molecular level, as well as the details of how drugs and other treatments work. You will also have the chance to carry out a year-long industrial placement or a paid vacation studentship in order to gain valuable work and research experience.

Through practical work you will learn a wide range of scientific techniques, including DNA manipulation, isolation of biomolecules and live cell microscopy. During your final year you will have the chance to spend 11 weeks working in a lab on a biochemical research project. Past projects have included coronary heart disease, computer analysis of gene clusters, and the structure of transmembrane proteins.

Additionally, you will have the chance to develop your skills through our optional biomedical field courses. These normally last around two weeks and take place in locations such as Florida, Iceland and Colombia.

What career can you have?

This course will prepare you for a range of science-related careers, including research, laboratory work, science sales and management, science communication and patenting.

Recent employers include the Medical Research Council, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Boots, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the University itself.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Metabolic and practical biochemistry
  • Building blocks of life
  • Laboratory and study skills for biomedicine
  • Key skills in biomedicine
  • Microbiology
  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typical offer

BBB, including grade B in A level Biology and Chemistry

  • International Baccalaureate

30 points overall, including 5 in both Biology and Chemistry, both at higher level

  • BTEC Extended Diploma

DDD (modules taken must be comparable to subject specific requirement)

  • Extended Project Qualification

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Reading

903 - 1382 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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