Biochemistry explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It is a lab-based science that brings together biology and chemistry

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level – from the normal functions of metabolism, DNA replication and repair, to the function of proteins carrying information within and between cells.

Knowing what happens in normal cells helps scientists understand why things go wrong, and what happens when they do.

This degree starts with a broad range of life science topics at Levels 1 and 2. You’ll then focus on more detailed aspects of biochemistry at Levels 3 and 4.

Your first two years of study will explore cell biology, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms and processes. You will also develop your practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Throughout your degree, you can pick modules that interest you and also transfer to one of our other courses if you choose the relevant modules.

Lab sessions throughout your degree will help you integrate knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

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We encourage you to do a work placement to get a taste of the new industries.

Why Study this Degree

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

A degree in biochemistry opens the door to many career options. Graduates are in great demand in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare agricultural and food industries, with openings for laboratory work or in the marketing, sales and management areas. Comparable openings can be found in the various agricultural, medical and veterinary research institutes, hospitals and the scientific Civil Service, in teaching in further or higher education, and in publishing and scientific patenting.

Dundee is a rapidly expanding centre for biotechnology with new firms opening and forming links with our biochemists.

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.