BSc (Hons)

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3 years (4 years if taken with the optional sandwich year)

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Course Overview

Biochemistry offers an understanding of the biological and chemical processes that allow life to thrive, giving us the tools we need to solve key challenges in cell biology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and genetics. Advances in the field have revolutionised our knowledge of how biochemistry works and the mechanisms that underpin a wide range of cellular processes. This enables us to respond to human health problems and diseases by rationally designing new strategies and drugs as treatments.

Our BSc (Hons) Biochemistry degree takes a research-centred approach to teaching and learning, providing the opportunity to work closely with academics on collaborative research projects. The course examines the chemistry of life at a molecular level and reflects the University's expertise in pharmacology, biomedical science, biology, and biotechnology. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in practical laboratory techniques, data interpretation, critical analysis, computational skills allied to biochemistry, and scientific writing.

Why Choose Lincoln

97% satisfaction with teaching*

A range of optional modules to choose from

Optional placement year

Taught by experienced research-active staff

Optional overseas field trip

Available with a Science Foundation Year

*National Student Survey 2022

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How You Study

This programme introduces students to a range of topics, enabling them to widen their knowledge of biochemistry across a range of allied subjects. These include molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, and biotechnology. The degree offers optional modules to allow students greater choice in their academic studies. Modules have been developed to cover topics relevant to current or developing fields allied to the life sciences.

During the first year, students can study a breadth of core topics, including biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and cell biology.

The second year allows students to add specialism to their degree. Students can study molecular biology, applications of biochemistry in clinical situations, and detailed analysis of biomolecules and enzymology. Optional topics include pharmacology, immunology, and human disease.

In the final year, students undertake an individual research project which provides the chance to develop investigation skills, in addition to studying key themes such as biotechnology, microbial biochemistry, protein structure and function, and clinical biochemistry.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Analytical Chemistry 1: Molecular Techniques 2024-25FRS1053MLevel 42024-25This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the necessary basic theoretical and conceptual principles required in analytical chemistry. It offers a platform upon which students can build as they develop their analytical skills and understanding in later stages of their programme. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop the practical skills necessary for all future analytical practical applications.CoreHuman Anatomy and Physiology 2024-25BMS1073MLevel 42024-25Human Anatomy and Physiology provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the human body. It is intended to explore the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in the physiology of stress its role in homeostasis. The module is also designed to enable students to identify and understand the function of human bones, muscles, and joints and provides an overview of the anatomical structure and physiology of the heart, lung, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. It is intended to explore the components of the blood and immune system and their various functions, as well as enabling students to identify the anatomy and understand the physiology of the kidney, urogenital, and digestive systems.CoreIntroduction to Life Sciences 2024-25BIO1043MLevel 42024-25Introduction to the Life Sciences is designed to provide a foundation for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of fundamental cell biology, biochemistry and genetics in the context of life sciences.CoreMedical Biochemistry 2024-25BCH1003MLevel 42024-25Medical Biochemistry is designed to provide students with an overview of biochemistry at the cellular level. Cellular and molecular systems that have evolved to sustain cellular functions in the context of a multicellular organism will be highlighted through example diseases as well as delivering an understanding of how key biochemical pathways can be targeted for therapeutic purposes.CoreMicrobial Biochemistry 2024-25BCH1002MLevel 42024-25Microbial Biochemistry will introduce students to fundamental aspects of molecular biochemistry and microbiology through the study of antimicrobials. The module will introduce key concepts including Koch’s postulates, Ehrlich’s magic bullet and the 20th century era of antibiotic discovery from Fleming onwards.CoreResearch Methods for the Life Sciences 2024-25BGY1012MLevel 42024-25Research methods for the Life Sciences aims to introduce the skills and knowledge necessary for students to assimilate and judge scientific knowledge. Students will be introduced to the tools required to search and evaluate the scientific literature relevant to their studies, and some of the key philosophical constructs around which scientific knowledge is based. They will be taught about hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection, basic mathematical and statistical concepts, and data presentation, and gain hands-on experience of their application.CoreBiomolecules and Enzymology 2025-26BCH2002MLevel 52025-26This module is designed to explain the underlying chemistry behind biological reactions in the context life processes. It will build on key concepts taught in the biochemistry components of first year modules by addressing key chemical principles that relate to the functional properties of biomolecules in organisms; the advanced chemistry of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, and nucleic acids along with small molecules and metal-ions. Techniques will be introduced that play a role in determining the structural and functional properties of biological molecules. Protein structure will be evaluated through taught classes and interactive computer practicals. Enzyme mechanism and kinetics will be taught highlighting the role of key amino acids in catalysis.CoreClinical Biochemistry and Diagnostics 2025-26BMS2032MLevel 52025-26The module provides an overview of the main principles of clinical biochemistry and its role in diagnostics and monitoring of patients. It enables students to discuss endocrine disease as well as liver, respiratory, gastrointestinal, vascular, bone and renal disease. It will also cover key techniques used in diagnosis and clinical research.CoreData Skills for the Life Sciences 2025-26BGY2011MLevel 52025-26Data-centric skills are crucial for any life scientist undertaking any form of data collection, management, visualisation, and/or analysis. This module introduces students to skills in data storage, handling, and manipulation; understanding different data types; visualising data; fitting statistical and analytical models; interpreting and reporting statistical and analytical results; and using these skills in experimental designs. In the age of information, computational skills are becoming ever more relevant, and this module will hone different computational skills. All these skills can aid students in undertaking future research projects, including the third-year honours project.CoreMolecular Biology 2025-26BGY2003MLevel 52025-26Molecular biology is of critical importance when understanding biological systems. This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the techniques used and applied by molecular biologists in a number of specific contexts. The module will explore the origins of molecular life on Earth, before examining the molecular control of eukaryotic replication, transcription and translation. The focus will then move to in vitro experimentation including DNA isolation, amplification, sequencing and manipulation; before looking at applications of molecular biology and how they can be applied to our understanding of population genetics and health and diseaseCoreAnalytical Chemistry 2.2: Structural Techniques 2025-26FRS2023MLevel 52025-26This module covers the most advanced techniques in analytical chemistry and their use, focusing on category A techniques providing structural information and as such utilised for unequivocable identification. To emphasise this analytical aspect, the module also introduces students to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) development and associated experimental planning as well as advanced validation strategies. The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge required to support level 3 modules, and to develop the practical skills and independent thinking necessary for all future practical applications.OptionalFundamentals of Pharmacology & Toxicology 2025-26BMS2010MLevel 52025-26This module is concerned with the study of the mechanisms by which drugs interact with biochemical, cellular, and physiological systems. The module aims to: - provide an introduction to key pharmacology principles - provide a detailed knowledge of the mechanisms of actions of selected drugs - develop a critical appreciation of the importance and relevance of pharmacology in the treatment of diseases - devleop an understanding of the principles of toxicology and drug overdoseOptionalImmunology 2025-26BGY2002MLevel 52025-26This module provides an overview of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response in health and human diseases. The structure, function and complex mechanisms of host defence by B- and T-Cells will be discussed. Students will evaluate the role of inflammatory mediators, soluble effectors, and cellular cytotoxicity in inflammation and immunity.OptionalSLS Study Abroad 2025-26BIO2110MLevel 52025-26The School believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. Provision of this option supports the educational aims of the School of Life Sciences and enhances the distinctiveness of its degrees at Lincoln. The optional year is intended to: - enable students to benefit from studying within a cross cultural environment; - expose students to a wider academic and cultural experience; - enhance their future employment opportunities; - by increasing their cultural and professional mobility. This module is optional for students within the School. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend a year studying abroad at one of the University's approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the year abroad. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalWork Experience 2025-26BMS2014XLevel 52025-26OptionalApplied Biochemistry 2026-27BCH3003MLevel 62026-27This module aims to provide real-world context to the theoretical knowledge of biochemical properties, processes, and techniques. Via the delivery of theoretical background material, supported with real life case studies and problem based learning, students will be guided through how fundamental understanding of biochemistry can be applied in a variety of ways to solve problems and develop products. The module will also highlight the external pressures to industrial and academic exploitation of biochemical fundamental knowledge, by considering ethical, regulatory, funding, and commercial limitations and opportunities. Substantial experimental design and data handling training will be incorporated to prepare the students for innovative application of knowledge, and evaluation of their own work and other research.CoreLife Sciences Research Project 2026-27BGY3003MLevel 62026-27In this module, students undertake an independent programme of research under supervision from a member of staff. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate original and critical thought, as well as to build discipline-specific research and project-management skills. A wide range of subject expertise exists within the School, and students are expected to work on a project that is relevant to their programme of study. Under the guidance of a supervisor, students will review the literature, identify a research question/aim and objectives, and design a programme of research respectively. Students will be expected to manage the project and work in a safe and ethical manner, which will include undergoing training in and engaging with obtaining relevant ethical approval and risk assessment. Students will collect and analyse data, record their activities and research methodology and results in a “lab book”/ equivalent robust means of recording. We currently offer projects in the laboratory (wet or animal) or field, projects that involve data analysis, literature research, educational research, science communication research and market research. Students may work individually or in groups addressing similar questions, but must write up individually. The findings of the research will be written up and presented orally. The conduct and performance of the student as a research apprentice will be assessed.CoreProtein Structure and Function 2026-27BCH3001MLevel 62026-27This module builds on the skills and information gained earlier on in the biochemistry programme. The module follows a logical theme from “gene” to “the active site interrogation of an enzyme”. It takes students on journey explaining how to assess and clone a gene for protein expression, purify and evaluate its activity, crystallise it, and finally use mutagenesis and structural biology to dissect the enzyme’s mechanism. The module has been designed to develop practical skills and techniques to enable students to work in molecular biology and protein research / production laboratories. The module focuses on problem solving and experimental design in tandem with practical expertise in these advanced areas.CoreTopics in Biochemistry 2026-27BIO3035MLevel 62026-27This module introduces current topics and areas of research allied to biochemistry. The major focus of this module is on the use of biochemical knowledge and advancements that are being utilised to address modern day issues. In particular, the module will explore the central importance of biochemistry in relation to molecular biology, disease processes, biotechnology, and the pursuit of fundamental knowledge regarding cellular processes. The major focus of this module is on the use of biochemical knowledge and advancements that are being utilised to address modern day issues. In particular, students can explore the central importance of biochemistry in relation to molecular biology, disease processes, and the pursuit of fundamental knowledge regarding cellular processes.Core21st Century Medicine 2026-27BMS3035MLevel 62026-27Our understanding of human disease is constantly evolving and this increased knowledge is presenting new opportunities to better therapeutically target and treat these diseases. As such, this module will focus on investigating the latest cutting-edge treatments being used by the NHS now and into the future to treat disease, discuss the ethics associated with bringing these into practice, evaluate the successfulness and limitation of these approaches, and explore where future development is needed to fully realise their potential.OptionalCancer Epidemiology and Pathology 2026-27BMS3037MLevel 62026-27This module provides an overview of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and monitoring of malignant and non-malignant diseases. This module intends to evaluate the normal and abnormal histology and ultra-structural features of human cells and tissues. The module enables students to appraise malignant and non-malignant cytology, and critically evaluate the role of multiple research and diagnostic techniques; ie. electron microscope and immunocytochemistry in pathological differential diagnosis. The module aims to enable students to understand and critically evaluate different methodologies of cancer treatment, how cancer drug resistance evolves, and investigation of the role of personalised medicine for optimum patient treatment/outcomes.OptionalGenetics & Bioethics 2026-27BGY3002MLevel 62026-27The module provides an overview of the applications of genetics and its ethical and social considerations with an introduction to ethical philosophy. This module also intends to discuss genetic counseling, diagnosis of genetic disease, carrier detection, and pre-symptomatic testing. The module enables students to evaluate population screening, and community genetics for single gene and chromosome disorders and also the ethical and social considerations of the understanding of the human genome, the treatment of genetic diseases, gene therapy, and the ethics of experimental animal use.OptionalIntroduction to Forensic Anthropology 2026-27BMS3033MLevel 62026-27This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of forensic anthropology. Students will be introduced to forensic anthropology before embarking on a series of lectures and practical sessions covering human osteology and the methods used to estimate a biological profile; sex, ancestry, age, and stature estimation. This module will also introduce the student to the various pathological conditions and traumatic injury affecting human bone including post-mortem damage. This module aims to equip the students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to participate in forensic anthropological analysis by preparing a case report on a skeleton.OptionalOverseas Field Course 2026-27BIO3031MLevel 62026-27This module provides students with the opportunity to investigate biological phenomena in the field at an overseas location. Students work in groups, guided by staff, to develop and test hypotheses allowing them to understand more about biological processes operating within the study area. They are encouraged to view the ecosystem within the wider context of the anthropogenic impacts being imposed on it. This module is optional and courses run subject to sufficient student demand.Optional

What You Need to Know

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How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Overseas Field Trip

There is an optional overseas field trip in the third year. This will provide the opportunity to do research in a novel environment and to study local plants and animals. Destinations may vary, but have previously included the cloud forests of Ecuador, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, and Molise in Italy.

Optional field trips may incur additional costs, including flights. Students may also be required to pay for overnight stays, local travel, and food close to the destination if their flights arrive the day before the team are scheduled to meet.

Students may bring personal items of clothing and travel equipment, some of which may be specialised for the environment they are travelling to, and recommended medicines and travel toiletries such as anti-malaria medication, vaccinations, insect repellent and sunscreen. These costs will depend on what you choose to bring.


Optional Placement Year

All full-time students on this course may take an optional placement year between the second and third year of the programme. While these placements are student-led, you will be continuously supported by academic staff throughout. Placements provide the opportunity to gain workplace experience and a chance to hone your skills in a professional environment. While you are on an optional placement in the UK, you will be required to cover your own transport, accommodation, and meals costs.

Informed by Research

Biochemistry-related research at Lincoln includes structural and molecular biology, DNA metabolism and drug discovery. Final-year student research projects have previously included overcoming drug resistance, proteins involved in neurodegeneration, and new proteins for biofuel production.

The lecturers made the content easy to understand and interesting, while the practical sessions were a fantastic opportunity to see the theory learned in lectures applied in a real-life situation.

What Can I Do with a Biochemistry Degree?

Career paths for Biochemistry graduate exist in industrial, commercial, and academic research, and in development roles within the medical, food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Graduates also go on to careers in scientific marketing and journalism, or education.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels to include 40 points from Biology or Chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects to include a Higher Level 5 in Biology or Chemistry.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science*: Distinction, Merit, Merit, or equivalent.

*not all modules are accepted. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (

BTEC Diploma Applied Science acceptable with other qualifications. Please contact our Admissions team for further information (

T Level in Science accepted. Health or Health Science are not accepted: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Biology or Chemistry.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English, Maths and Science. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.


Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Science Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

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