This course starts in 2023

Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BBB
Contextual A-level offer:
BBC-BCC
UCAS code:
C706
Start date:
September 2023
  • 95.8% for overall satisfaction in Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry (National Student Survey – NSS 2022) 
  • 94% of our research overall in Biological Sciences was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021) 

Studying Biochemistry, you’ll learn about the cells, genes and chemical processes of living organisms.

You’ll learn from some of the world’s leading biochemists with a wide range of expertise – from the repair of DNA to the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll also benefit from their strong links with the Sussex Drug Discovery Centre and Genome Damage and Stability Centre. Our teaching is informed by the latest research. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from topics such as molecular biology or drug discovery.

The optional year in industry – after Year 2 and before you return to Sussex for your final year – is a great opportunity for you to gain real-world experience of working in the biochemical sector. As a graduate, the skills you’ve gained during your industrial placement will give you a distinct advantage in your chosen career.

To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. This can be a fantastic opportunity to gain real-life insight into industry as well as skills valued by employers. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:

  • find an employer
  • draft an application
  • prepare for interviews.

Don’t worry if you’re not successful, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our students know as soon as possible.

MSci or BSc?

We also offer this course without the industrial placement year, or as a four-year MSciFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year. 

My placement was really beneficial. It gave me a year to see what working in the industry is really like.Emma Harvey
Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc

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Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

BBB

Contextual offer

BBC-BCC

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry grade B. You will also need to pass the separate science practical assessment. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 21 credits at Distinction

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma will need to be in Science and contain substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in Chemistry. You may wish to consider taking A-level Chemistry in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

M2 M2 M2

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have grade B at A-level and, M2 and M2 in two Pre-Us. 

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades BB at A-level and M2 in Pre-U.

Subjects

A-levels or Cambridge Pre-Us must include Chemistry. 

If you are taking a science subject at A-level that has the separate science practical assessment, we would normally expect a pass. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, your application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Chemistry, with a grade of at least 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Distinction in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

 

Contextual offer

Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Merit in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades BB in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Contextual offer

Grades BC in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry at grade B. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD-DDM

Contextual offer

DDM-DMM

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma will need to be in Applied science and must include the following modules

For the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, please contact admissions ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two science subjects with grade 5 in each (or grade B).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

ABBBB 

Subjects

Highers must include Chemistry. Ideally, you will also have an Advanced Higher in Chemistry (grade B). 

GCSEs

You will also need Scottish National 5 in Mathematics and two sciences at grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry.

GCSEs

You will normally need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Chemistry, with a grade of at least 5.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75% 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

Also you should have a good level of Mathematics.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER,  or a Queensland OP of 5 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

 

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average of 65% or more. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses.

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation BBBBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of 4

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of 18/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of MMMM or better

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Chemistry.

Also you should have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of 12/20

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with a good result (12/20) in Chemistry.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

 

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.2 or better.

Additional requirements

You will need a very good final result in Chemistry (at least 12/15).

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of 18 will be considered for first-year entry.

You must also have either Apolytirion pathway in Chemistry with a score of 19 or the Pan Hellenic in Chemistry with an overall score of 17.

Additional requirements

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 4, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55544.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H2,H2,H2,H3,H3.

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include Chemistry, normally grade H1.

You must have at least grade O3 in Mathematics and two Sciences.

Israel

Typical offer

For first year entry at least 80% (or 8/10) in at least 6 subjects, including one 5 unit subject, in one sitting of the Bagrut.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of 78/100 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with 43 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of BBB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.0 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.



Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects in the 75th percentile including Chemistry. 

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 16/20 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.0 including a score of 8 in Chemistry.

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Typical offer

Applicants who have good grades in the Attestat o Srednem Obrazovami (Certificate of Secondary Education) and who have successfully completed the first year of a Russian University degree, with a minimum GPA of 4.0, will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita) with an average grade above 2.0 from 4 subjects including Chemistry.

 

Additional requirements

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result 7.5 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include B grades in the majority of subjects and to include grade B in Chemistry.

 

Additional requirements

You must have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile considering everything you are studying, including the High School Graduation Diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades and AP tests. We expect to see a combination of these qualifications.

Alongside your High School Graduation Diploma, we would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores with either, a combined SAT test score (evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics) of 1300, or a combined ACT score of 26

AP and SAT Subject tests

Please check the individual course pages for our typical A-level offer and see below for the corresponding scores we would require from AP test scores:

A Level requirements

AP test grades

AAA

555

AAB

554

ABB

544

BBB

444

 

We will also accept a combination of any 3 AP tests and SAT subject test where a score of 600 in an SAT subject test can be substituted for an AP test in the above table

If you are applying for a degree with an A level subject requirement in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology will normally need to hold an AP test in that subject.

College level credits

We also accept college level 3-credit courses in academic subjects as the equivalent of a UK A Level on a case by case basis.  These can be combined with AP tests and or SAT subject tests

Associate degrees

An Associate degree with a GPA of 3.0 will meet our entry requirements for year 1.

Foundation Year entry

Students who have a High School Diploma and SAT or ACT tests only would be eligible to apply for our Foundation Year

 

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

You must also have a good level of Mathematics.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house Foundation Year course to prepare you for Year 1 of your chosen degree:

Modules

This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Autumn teaching
  • Cells, Organisms and Systems
  • Physiology and Disease
  • Skills, Ethics and Society
Spring teaching
  • Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry for Life Scientists
  • Research Methods in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry

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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Autumn teaching
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Structural Basis of Biological Function
  • Research and Professional Skills 1: Biomedicine
Spring teaching
  • Cell Regulation and Pharmacology
  • Organic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Research and Professional Skills 2: Genetics and Biochemistry

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

Autumn teaching
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Principles of Neuronal Function
Spring teaching
  • Developmental Biology
  • Neural Circuits

You can apply to spend your third year in an industrial laboratory (typically a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company) or a research institute before returning to Sussex for your final year.

Recent students have gone on placements at:

  • Oroboros Instruments
  • GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Pfizer.

During your placement you work on a research project and write a dissertation. You are usually paid by the host laboratory during the placement year.

Find out more about placements and internships

Our careers team offers dedicated support to help you obtain a placement, including:

  • finding an employer
  • drafting an application
  • preparing for interviews
  • ongoing help throughout a placement.

Don’t worry if you’re not successful in securing a placement, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

The placement enhanced my analytical, research and communication skills and built on my confidence as a young research scientist.Millie Fox
Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc
Biopharm IP Student, GlaxoSmithKline

Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

All year
  • Third-Year Bioscience Research Project
Autumn teaching
  • Regulating Gene Expression
Spring teaching
  • Structural Basis of Protein Mechanism

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

Autumn teaching
  • Cell Signalling and its Applications in Therapeutics and Disease
  • Communicating STEM for Life Sciences
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Drug Discovery and Chemical Enterprise
  • Neuronal Transduction and Transmission
  • Programming for Life Sciences
Spring teaching
  • Bio-organic Chemistry
  • Genome Instability in Disease and Cancer
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Innovation in Bioscience and Medicine
  • Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease

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    Want to help shape a better world through science?

    Want to tackle real world problems?

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    It all starts at the University of Sussex.

    Our research focussed courses span the whole of Life Sciences:

    Chemistry

    Biochemistry

    Neuroscience

    Biology

    Zoology

    Ecology and Conservation

    Biomedical Science

    Genetics

    Using the latest in cutting-edge advances.

    Guided by world-leading experts.

    Gain hands-on experience, in both our teaching labs and out in the field.

    Influence important policies on things such as the pesticides that kill our wildlife, and policies that protect endangered species.

    Work towards unlocking the secrets of the brain and ending the despair of cancer and Alzheimer’s.

    Join a community of leading scientists and like-minded students striving to make the world a better place for all.

    And follow in the footsteps of our 3 Nobel-prize winning alumni.

    We’re here today, to train the scientists of tomorrow.

    And you could be one of them.

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Our staff

My research tackles the problem of protein misfolding and feeds directly in to my teaching.”Professor Louise Serpell
Professor of Biochemistry (Dementia Research Group) 

Fees

Home students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£23,175 per year
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis. Find details on our tuition fees page.

Additional costs

Note about additional costs

Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We’ll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out how to budget for student life.

Placement

This course offers you the opportunity to apply for a placement. Find out about placement fees at Tuition fees. You’ll need to pay for your own travel costs to and from your placement.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Find out about our terms and conditions

Scholarships

Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

  • Article 26 Scholarship
    • Full international tuition fee waiver 
    • £11,500 maintenance per year of undergraduate study (up to 4 years)
    • Sussexsport membership

    Find out more

  • Chancellor's International Scholarships

    £5,000 per year of full time study

    Find out more

  • Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (Organ)

    £800 cash award. In addition, the selected recipient will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

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  • Dr John Birch Music Scholarships

    £800 cash award. In addition, scholars will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

    Find out more

  • Sports Scholarships Scheme

    Recipients of the scholarship can receive between £500-£1,250 per year as well as a range of other benefits.

    Find out more

Careers

Studying Biochemistry at Sussex prepares you for a range of careers – not just in science.

You’ll become skilled in numerical and data analysis, problem-solving and laboratory work. Transferable skills such as time management, communication and analytical skills are embedded in the modules throughout your course.

You can use your Biochemistry degree to work in areas including:

  • energy, environment and health
  • research and universities
  • the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

What to do with a Biochemistry degree

Explore the careers you might be interested in after studying for a degree in Biochemistry

Working while you study

Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

My degree was critical to gaining my current job. I applied for placements and was fortunate to get into the oncology team at one of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies. After graduating, I was offered a secondment there.”Roos Bruggink
Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc graduate
Global Health and Social Impact Manager, Pfizer
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