Biochemistry and Metabolism (C7411)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to several fundamental principles of biochemistry and metabolism.

You will learn about the:

  • structure and function of major classes of biomolecules, including proteins, lipids and carbohydrates
  • role of enzymes and enzyme kinetics in biological reactions
  • biochemistry of processes which support life, including cellular metabolism and its control.

You will also explore the theory and practical use of commonly used biochemical lab techniques.


56%: Lecture
22%: Practical (Laboratory)
22%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 27 hours of contact time and about 123 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 2024/25. 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: