This course starts in 2019

Biochemistry MSci

Biochemistry MSci

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Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAA-AAB
UCAS code:
C707
Start date:
September 2019
  • 98% of Life Sciences students were in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)

In the School of Life Sciences at Sussex, you'll learn from some of the world’s leading biochemists.

This means you can choose from a range of modules – based on the latest research – in topics such as molecular biology and drug discovery. You’ll understand the theory, practise your skills in laboratory sessions and get ready for your own research project.

Your integrated Masters year helps you develop advanced research skills while working with a departmental research group.

MSci or BSc?

We also offer this course as a three-year BSc, or a BSc with an industrial placement yearFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

I really like the lab work. I’ve been able to make aspirin and other well-known compounds – not every student can say that!Rosanne Bruggink
Biochemistry BSc

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAA-AAB

Subjects

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

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

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 with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 30 - 45 credits must be at Distinction.

Subjects

You will need substantial amounts of Level 3 credit in both Biology and Chemistry or will need to have taken A-levels in these subjects in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

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

Typical offer

D3, M1 and M2 in the Pre-U

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have a grade A in the A-level, and D3 and M2 in the two Pre-Us.

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would expect you to have grades AB in the 2 A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U.

Subjects

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

You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of Biology or Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (grade 5).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34-36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You will need Higher Level in both Biology and Chemistry, with grade 5 in one and grade 6 in the other.

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

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels plus Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.

Subjects

A-levels must include both Biology and Chemistry.

You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in at least one of Biology or Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

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

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

In Applied Science and you will need to have opted for substantial numbers of modules in both Biology and Chemistry related topics. 

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAAAA-AAABB

Subjects

Highers must include both Biology and Chemistry, with at least grade B in each. Ideally, you will also have both these sciences as Advanced Highers. 

GCSEs

You will also need Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics with grade B in each.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades AAA – AAB

 

Subjects

A-levels must include both Biology and Chemistry.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34-36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You will need Higher Level in both Biology and Chemistry, with grade 5 in one and grade 6 in the other.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 80%-83%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential (at least a score of 8.0).

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and beween 92% to 95% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 to 2 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of between 1.6 to 1.8 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 80%-75% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAAAB-AAABB 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 academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, 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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 between 5. and 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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 at least  19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 8-10 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.-5.75.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 15/20 to 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with good results (13/20) in the key areas (Biology/Chemistry).

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.6 to 1.8.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results (12/15) are essential.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential. 

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 5, 5, 5 to 5, 5, 4 from three subjects including two electives.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results of 5 or 4 are essential. 

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 55555 to 55544.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

 

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

85%-80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE) 
85%-80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
85%-80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results is essential.

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

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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 H1,H1,H2,H2,H2 to H1,H1,H2,H2,H3

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include both Biology and Chemistry, at least grade H1 in each.

You must have a good level of Mathematics and English.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 at least 90/100 to 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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  AAA-AAB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.5 or UEC with an overall average grade A2-B3 (80%-75%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 between 4.5 to 5

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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 academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 at least 18/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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 9.5 to 9.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 25 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 of at least 8.5 to 8.0.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

Please note

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 academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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 taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,5,5 to 5,5,4 in three subjects

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic studies to a high level in both Biology and Chemistry with good results are essential.

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)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. 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

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in 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 B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

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% 

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

Modules

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

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

    These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

    Core modules

      Autumn teaching
      Spring teaching

      Study abroad (optional)

      Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

      Industrial placement year (optional)

      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.

      Find out more about placements and internships.

      “I gained a huge variety of valuable experience that will help further both my learning and my career.” Jack TurnerBiochemistry BSc
      Electron Microscopy, The Francis Crick Institute

      Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

      These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      Core modules

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          Research interests

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          Research interests

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          Research interests

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          Professor of Biochemistry

          Research interests

          Alzheimer's Disease, Biomedical neuroscience, Cell biology, Dementia, Drug discovery, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Protein misfolding, Structural biology, Synthetic biology

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          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.

          Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019.

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          Recent Life Sciences graduates have taken up a range of roles, including:

          • analytical scientist, Bioventics
          • clinical trials intern, Medpace
          • medical laboratory assistant, NHS.

          (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)

          Your future career

          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.

          Working while you study

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

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