|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM|
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 is 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.
This programme is also available as a four-year degree with the third year spent studying at a partner university abroad, or on an industrial placement.
- 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 explores aspects of cellular biochemistry providing specialist modules aimed at understanding key topics at the frontiers of cell biology
- This degree leads to career opportunities in biotechnological, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well as many further study options, including PhD, MSc or MRes programmes
Gives a firm foundation for your degree with modules in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, organic and inorganic chemistry. Options available in physical chemistry and plant biology.
In addition to biochemistry, organic chemistry and cell biology, you will choose three optional modules in subjects ranging from biological chemistry through medical and general microbiology to evolutionary biology.
Put your analytical and experimental skills to use through a research project around the core topics of Horizons in Biochemical Research and Energy Metabolism. Optional modules cover biochemistry, molecular cell biology and biological chemistry.
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 3 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 2020
A-level: AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
GCE A-levels: grade B in Biology and grade B in Chemistry.
IB: HL5 in Biology and HL5 in Chemistry.
BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve A-levels at grade B in Biology and B in Chemistry.
GCSEs: GCSE Maths at grade B or 5 plus GCSE English Language at grade C or 4, and either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C or 4.
International students should check details of our English language requirements.
If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
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
Learning and teaching
We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. You will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials and be an active member of a research team. Our academics bring their results from the laboratory and the field directly to their teaching, and our students also help to collect this data. The complementary expertise of our staff ensures a vibrant, collaborative research culture within our research groups, made up of researchers at all stages, from Masters to Post-doctoral scientists.
You’ll experience a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, fieldwork, laboratory sessions and independent study. Over the course of your degree, you will participate in a mix of larger lectures to smaller, focused sessions based around the latest research topics. In the teaching laboratory you will develop the necessary skills to become a professional biologist; you will then put these to use while undertaking your independent research project. We encourage students to publish their results in the scientific literature and make a real contribution to the fields of Biosciences.
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 work with these organisations during their vacations and others build experience through one of our four-year programmes with industrial experience.
We frequently introduce 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.
As well as more than 15 hours per week of direct contact time with your lecturers, all students 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.
Your first year does not count towards your final degree classification, but you do have to pass it in order to progress. All marks after your first year count towards your final classification.
Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, exams, presentations, laboratory reports and a dissertation.
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 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.