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.
This three-year degree is ideal if you wish to experience overseas study as part of your biochemistry degree. Overseas study can broaden your horizon, build your confidence, offer a different perspective on your subject, and can make you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.
This degree includes core modules in biochemistry and chemistry combined with modules 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 fifth in the UK for biological sciences by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
In the first year, you will study a range of core modules designed to provide you with a broad overview of biology and chemistry, including modules on Protein Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Cell Structure and Function – all designed to give you a good foundation in key modern biochemical concepts. You will take three additional modules in your chosen pathway to maintain a focus on biochemistry and chemistry 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.
You will spend your second year at a university in Australasia, Canada or the USA. You will study modules approved by Lancaster University to ensure that you are prepared for the modules you will take when you return to Lancaster for your final year.
Your third 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 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.