What Will You Study

Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. It is an exciting and rapidly developing subject and the primary investigative science within biology and medicine.

Our flexible, four-year MSci Biochemistry includes core modules in Biochemistry and Chemistry combined with a solid background in related fields. Lancaster University is ranked fifth in the UK for Biological Sciences and ninth for Chemistry by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The MSci is a four-year integrated master’s with three years of undergraduate study followed by a year of study at master’s level. The additional year of study and higher qualification can enhance your job prospects, or give you the experience to decide whether a research career might be for you.

In your first year, you will study core modules such as Protein Biochemistry, Cell Structure and Function, and Genetics – all designed to give you a good overview of key modern biochemical concepts. You can enjoy the flexibility of choosing an additional four modules from any of the Bioscience subjects on offer at Lancaster University.

In your second year, you will focus on a range of Biochemistry modules, including Cell Biology and Medical Microbiology, as well as some more practically oriented modules designed to equip you with the laboratory skills and knowledge required by a successful biochemist.

You will have the flexibility to tailor your third year to your biochemical interests and can select from a diverse range of subjects including Cell Signalling, Cancer, Biology of Ageing, and Neurobiology. During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics.

The fourth year of the MSci is master’s level study and will allow you to focus on your particular areas of interest in Biochemistry and the opportunity to carry out an extended laboratory-based project.

The facilities for studying Biochemistry at Lancaster University are excellent. We have invested over £4 million in new life science teaching laboratories, which you will use for practical learning and your dissertation project. Around 50% of the contact time on the degree is used for practical and workshop activities in the laboratory or in PC labs.