What Will You Study

Biochemistry examines the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. Our BSc Biochemistry with Genetics (Placement Year) enables you to study Biochemistry with a focus on the genetic blueprint of life – DNA. This is an exciting and rapidly expanding field, which has been at the forefront of many of the advances in biology and medicine. 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.

This four-year degree is ideal if you wish to gain work experience as part of your degree. It provides you with support to secure a paid placement for twelve months working in the type of organisation that you might aspire to join when you graduate. The placement offers you the opportunity to work as a full time employee of the organisation with the same training and opportunities as other employees, whilst still receiving both academic and pastoral support from Lancaster University.

Although you will be supported by professional careers staff in preparing your industrial placement application, due to the competitive nature of these placements it is possible that not all students will be successful in securing these nationally-advertised opportunities. Students who have not secured an industrial placement will automatically be transferred over to the degree without the placement year - the BSc Biochemistry with Genetics.

In your first year, you’ll study a range of modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of Biology and Chemistry, with modules such as Genetics, Protein Biochemistry, and Human Physiology.

In your second year, you’ll study a range of biochemical and molecular biology subjects including several modules designed to develop the key laboratory skills required by scientists in modern biochemical and genetic research environment. These modules include Biochemical Techniques, Cell Biology Techniques and DNA Technology.

You will spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based.

Returning to Lancaster University, you will have the flexibility to tailor your fourth year to your interests and can select from a diverse range of subjects including Medical Genetics, Protein Biochemistry and Cancer. During your degree, you will conduct your own laboratory-based project and benefit from the research experience of our internationally renowned academics.

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.