Biochemistry with Study in Industry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
You can enter the Biochemistry with Study in Industry degree by transferring from any of our other Biochemistry courses following a selection process at the start of your second year.


On this course, you gain experience in an external research laboratory as a salaried employee in year three before rejoining the final year of your degree. At the end of your placement you will write a report outlining the research you have undertaken, which will be assessed as part of your degree. Our students find placements within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors in the UK, as well as at research institutes in the UK and overseas.

In recognition of the academic excellence and research training provided by the Biochemistry with Study in Industry degree, it is one of the first in the UK to be accredited by the Society of Biology.

Why study Biochemistry at Bristol?

Biochemistry is a scientific discipline with the ultimate aim to understand life's processes at a molecular level. Broadly, it encompasses:

  • the chemical nature and structure of biological molecules and how they interact with each other;
  • complex cellular reactions and the generation of energy to power cellular activity;
  • communication and co-ordination between and within cells;
  • the replication and expression of genetic material.

Our teaching at Bristol is informed by a wealth of wide-ranging and cutting-edge research, ensuring our undergraduate students receive rigorous and relevant tuition.

The school's research groups investigate some of the major challenges in modern biochemistry, using problem-solving approaches ranging from a detailed examination of these biological processes at the level of single molecules, through to exploring the complex organisation of cells and whole organisms.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

First year
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Biological Chemistry
  • One of the following options:
    • Anatomical Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Microbiology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physics
    • Physiology
Second year
  • Biochemistry 2: Organisation and Communication in Cells plus Energy and Motion in Cells
  • Molecular Genetics 2: Recombinant DNA Technology plus Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills
  • One of the following options:
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
    • Other subjects such as language units, may also be taken with the agreement of the department
Third year

You will undertake a full-time research placement. These placements are usually paid and are undertaken in either the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries or in a research institute.

Fourth year

You will cover a wide range of topics at an advanced level, with the emphasis on current developments. You will study the following lecture-based units:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • The Dynamic Proteome
  • Cellular Information
  • Advanced Options in Biochemistry.

You will also study the Core Skills unit which includes two pieces of independent project work: the practical project and the literary project.


Our Biochemistry courses will be ideally suited for you if you have a strong interest in experimental work and biomedical research and are a motivated independent learner. Good numeracy skills are essential.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry and either Mathematics or another science subject at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in one other science or maths, and 15 credits at Merit. Higher Maths is recommended, and is required for those without GCSE Maths at A or A*.
  • BTEC: DDD in Applied Science plus A-level grade A in Chemistry
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics, and AH: AA in Chemistry and another science subject or Mathematics
  • Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: Maths at grade A GCSE if Mathematics or Physics are not taken at A- or AS-level. English at grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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