Biochemistry BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

The unique aspect of Biochemistry at the University of Surrey was the chance to get a taste of real life by doing a professional placement.

The diversity of the programme enabled me to gain insight into different scientific fields such as pharmacology, molecular biology and genetics.

As a result of this, I was able to decide where in this vast field my specific interests lie.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Biological Sciences, with our programmes ranked sixth in the Complete University Guide 2018 and in the top ten in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and an innovative teaching and learning environment.

Programme overview

Biochemistry is the study of the fundamental processes of life at the cellular level that deals with fascinating subjects such as metabolism, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and sleep.

As a Biochemistry degree student, you will gain extensive practical skills in our internationally renowned, research-oriented environment so that you are prepared to work at the forefront of developments in this exciting field.

This programme will give you a very sound and broad background in biochemistry. You will have opportunities to familiarise yourself with state-of-the-art biochemical methodology and sample some of its most intriguing applications.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)


We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study. During your first year, a significant part of teaching time is spent in laboratory practicals, whereas in your final year you will be performing your own scientific research project, usually in one of our research laboratories.

On average you will have approximately 20 hours of contact time each week (lectures, practicals and tutorials) and you will also be expected to undertake private study such as laboratory write­-ups, essays and other coursework.

Watch a video of a Biochemistry laboratory session.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Our teaching laboratories have recently been refurbished to provide you with state­-of-­the-­art learning environments. You will spend a significant proportion of your time within them during your first and second years.

In your final year, you will spend 25 per cent of your time on your research project. This research will be carried out in one of our 4*-­rated research groups.

Several million pounds has been spent on refurbishing and equipping these laboratories.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

You will also be paired with a student from the year of study above you, so that you can benefit from their recent experience on the programme.

As a Biochemistry student at Surrey, you will be treated as an individual. You will feel welcome from your very first day, and our low student­-to­-tutor ratio ensures that you will get to know your personal tutor and other academic staff members well during your years with us.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your degree.

For Biosciences students, this might be possible for one or two semesters during your second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA (for example Texas or Florida) or in Singapore.

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country, and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees.

It gives you the chance to broaden your horizons, meet other students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have travelled to the USA, Canada, Australia and many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe in a foreign university laboratory you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The majority of our students choose to undertake a Professional Training placement to gain vital work experience and develop professional skills required by employers.

Most of our Professional Training placements are salaried roles, with opportunities in the UK including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and research institutes.

Recent placements have taken place at international institutions including Cornell University, Washington State University, Harvard Medical School (USA), the University of Turku (Finland) and several other European universities.

Our experienced Professional Training tutors will help you apply to, and choose between, a selection of excellent placements in industry, hospitals and academia.

Watch a video featuring Biochemistry students on placement in America.

Graduate prospects

Our Biochemistry graduates are found in academic and industrial research laboratories throughout the world. You will also find them in the city, in schools, hospitals, cockpits, submarines and boardrooms.

The majority of our graduates go immediately into the job market, but further study comes a close second. This includes taught Masters programmesPhD studentships and fast­-track medical degree programmes.

Our recent Biochemistry graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • AstraZeneca, Analytical Chemist
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Bioanalyst
  • Public Health England, Medical Technical Officer
  • Procter & Gamble, Researcher
  • Cancer Research UK, Junior Clinical Research Associate
  • Fast­track Medical School graduate entry
  • ICON, Clinical Project Administrator
  • Aventis Pasteur MSD, Pharmacovigilance Coordinator
  • Wockhardt UK, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Executive
  • Gloucester Hospital, Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • PhD studies

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes a laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment

Grand total: £20

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) achieved at the time of making an application.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) achieved at the time of making an application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths grade C (4) achieved at the time of making their application.  

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics at least 7.5.

GCSE or Equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6 achieved at the time of making an application.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required Subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4 achieved at the time of making an application.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5,C achieved at the time of making an application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required Subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4) achieved at the time of making an application.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:
English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years C700 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years C702 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow

Do you want to make a real difference or have you already accomplished something special? Then the "Pioneer" student scholarship program is right for you!

Surrey Prestige Scholarship

This prestigious Surrey award for Undergraduates is aimed at high achievers and recognises academic excellence in your high school or equivalent leaving exams. 

The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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