Chemistry for Life Scientists (F1706)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module provides you with the chemical and molecular basis for the study and understanding of biological systems.

You’ll gain knowledge of key chemical principles for molecular systems in the biosciences, including:

  • amino acids
  • peptides
  • small molecules
  • cell membranes.

You’ll also learn the role of kinetics, thermodynamics and spectroscopy in modulating the behaviour of biomolecules.

Finall, you’ll develop key experimental skills for the analysis, synthesis and purification of biologically relevant compounds.


52%: Lecture
48%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


50%: Coursework (Portfolio)
50%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 45 hours of contact time and about 105 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: