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.
The BSc Biochemistry (Placement Year) includes core modules in biochemistry and chemistry combined with a solid background in related fields. You can choose a pathway within the degree that will allow you to focus on biochemistry or with specialisation in genetics or biomedicine.
Lancaster University is ranked fourth in the UK for biosciences and fifth in the UK for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2020. We are also ranked fifth in the UK for biological sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
This four-year degree is ideal if you wish to gain work experience as part of your biochemistry 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.
In the first year, you will study a range of core modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of biology and chemistry and a good foundation in key modern biochemical concepts.
You will take three additional modules in your chosen pathway to maintain a focus on biochemistry or have specialisation in either genetics or biomedicine.
Throughout your degree, you can continue on your chosen pathway or you have the flexibility to change from the focused biochemistry pathway to those specialising in genetics or biomedicine.
In your second year, you’ll focus on a range of biochemistry modules, 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 spend your third year on an industrial placement, which may be science or non-science based. Returning to Lancaster University, your fourth year builds on your chosen pathway and may include options such as Innovation in the Biosciences (biochemistry or genetics pathways) and Neurobiology (biochemistry or biomedicine pathways).
During your degree, you’ll 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.
The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills.
If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and would continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year. The University offers a range of shorter placement and internship opportunities for which you would be welcome to apply.