|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD|
The four-year MSci Biochemistry programme mirrors the BSc Biochemistry programme during the first three years, but also includes an additional fourth year during which you will undertake a research project. This will focus on a specialised area aligned with one of our leading research groups. You will also undertake advanced modules in your final year.
The degree programme in Biochemistry focuses on understanding the biochemical control of biological processes, particularly in the cell, and the tools for investigating these mechanisms. After a broad first year, this degree focuses on cellular biochemistry providing specialist modules aimed at understanding key topics at the frontiers of cell biology. As you progress through years two and three, a wide choice of biochemistry module options are available.
Our Biochemistry degree leads to career opportunities in biotechnological, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well as many further study options, including PhD/MSc/MRes programmes.
Why study Biochemistry at Exeter?
- experience teaching graded nationally as 'Excellent' with staff who are research leaders
- work in state-of-the-art learning facilities
- acquire key transferable skills and knowledge
- carry out challenging independent research
- undertake a year long industrial placement
- graduate with outstanding employment prospects
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.
You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in Stages 2 and 4 of the programme as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
Entry requirements 2019
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD
GCE AL Biology grade B or IB Biology HL5, plus another science subject at AL grade B or IB HL5. GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science (applied), Statistics and GCSE Maths at grade B or 5 and either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C or 4.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE AL requirements: Applied Science, Animal Management, Agriculture, Countryside Management, Fish management, Forestry and Arboriculture.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Learning and teaching is through lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work, laboratory sessions and independent study with internationally recognised, research-active staff. You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions and issues at the cutting edge of life science research. Regular research seminars, by our staff and visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.
Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and conservation organisations, with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project. Many of our students also work with these organisations during their vacations.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.
We pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of care and support to our students. You will have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
Assessment methods vary depending on your choice of modules, but are likely to include examinations and coursework-based assessment.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second, third and fourth years contribute to your final degree classification.
A degree in Biochemistry will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, team work and organising and communicating information. A number of our students continue their studies in the subject by following a further degree and research in their chosen area, or by training as a teacher. Many of our graduates are employed in discipline relevant roles in the UK and overseas including laboratory-based positions, conservation management, ecology, teaching and nursing. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter widely different career paths in law, business or management. Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Biosciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.
Supporting your career in Biosciences
Each year Biosciences students are able to access a huge range of opportunities to support their future career options. Recent events have included career insights with visiting alumni, mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni, postgraduate routes with a Biosciences degree, the Life and Environmental Sciences Careers Fair, and nature and conservation training courses.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Biosciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Blue Frog Media
- Cancer Research UK
- Cardiff University
- Civil Service
- Consilium Strategic Communications
- Department for International Trade
- Devon County Council
- Ernst and Young
- Frontera London HayMarket Media Group
- Hazlewoods LLP
- Mars UK
- Southwest Pathology Services
- System Analytic
- The Pirbright Institute
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- University of Exeter
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Account Executive
- Assistant Tutor
- Assurance Associate
- Brand Activation Executive
- Business Development Consultant
- Cardiac Physiologist
- Civil Service Fast Stream Graduate
- Clinical Exercise Specialist
- Communications and Marketing Executive
- Development Chemist
- HR Advisor
- Management Consultant
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Research Technician
- Scientific Officer
- Social Media Risk Consultant
- Software Engineer
- Trainee Accountant
- Transportation Planner
- Waste Management Support Officer
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Biosciences undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17.
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MBBS Medicine
- MPhil Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
- MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
- MSc by Research in Computational Biology
- MSc by Research: Clinical Veterinary Science
- MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
- MSc Conservation and Biodiversity
- MSc Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- MSc Environmental Science (Chemistry, Toxicology and Health)
- MSc Human Nutrition
- MSc Immunology MSc in Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)
- MSc in Finance
- MSc in Global Health & Social Justice
- MSc in Marine Environmental Management
- MSc in Molecular Neuroscience
- MSc in Science Communication
- MSc Marketing
- MSc Physiotherapy
- MSc Reproduction and Development
- PGCE Biology Secondary
- PhD in Biological Science
- PhD in Oncology
The majority of our Biosciences undergraduate programmes are recognised by the Society of Biology. The Society website provides useful details for students including information about graduate career paths.
The University of Exeter also has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.