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This is a single Honours programme run jointly by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry. In the early stages it provides a sound foundation in the chemical principles that underlie biochemistry and introduces aspects of cellular and molecular biology. In the third and fourth years, a wide range of courses is offered by both Schools which provides you with the opportunity to bias your degree programme towards biology or chemistry as suits your interests.
In the final two years, specialist courses are available which deal with current developments in various biochemically-related fields, such as medicinal chemistry, plant or microbial biotechnology and protein engineering. Final year research projects in some of these fields may be carried out in either School or in the affiliated Institutes.
In years 4 and 6 you also have 20 credits of Free Choice which allows you to select from a huge range of units offered by BIO and other Schools within the University.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
- EUR 17480 Year (Non-EEA)
UK/EU £9,000; International £14,900Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 72 months Languages Take an IELTS test
Year 1You will receive an introduction to many aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics, as well as training in the fundamental chemical and mathematical principles that underpin the study of biochemistry. This provides a firm foundation on which to build during your honors years.
Year 2In the second year of your study you will be able to tailor your degree to match your interests in the biological or chemical facets of biochemistry by choosing from our wide range of higher level courses. Please note that the Year in Industry is taken between years 2 and 3 (see page 9 for more details).
Year 3In your final year you will have the opportunity to put the skills you have learned into practice by undertaking a research project in collaboration with internationally recognised research groups working in the School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry or one of the affiliated research institutes located on the Norwich Research Park.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 TOEFL iBT® test : 78
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A Level: ABB including Chemistry and AS Level Maths or Physics at grade B
- International Baccalaureate: 32 points with 3 HL Subjects at Grade 5 including Chemistry and SL Maths or Physics at grade 5
- Scottish Highers: AABBB including Chemistry and either Maths or Physics
- Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB including Chemistry and either Standard level Maths or Physics at grade B
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB at higher level including Chemistry and either Maths or Physics
- Access Course: See below
- European Baccalaureate: 75% overall, including 7.5 in Chemistry and either Maths or Physics
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
- PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.
Special Entry Requirements
A2-level Chemistry and Grade B in AS Level Maths or Physics are required for this course. In addition to this, applicants are asked to have two other A2-level subjects. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 6 Level 3 credits in either Maths or Physics.
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics at Grade B and English Language at Grade C.
No work experience is required.