Welcome to Biochemistry at Keele

As the consistently high ratings for student satisfaction in recent National Student Surveys show, our past Biochemistry students have really enjoyed themselves and learnt from their experience at Keele. As you prepare for University life, I am sure that you will gain as much from your time here as they have. Certainly, you will gain a solid grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject and also develop your intellectual, personal and professional capabilities. As a distinctive Keele Biochemistry graduate you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress to a career or further study in Biochemistry and related biosciences as well as more general graduate careers.

You will have the opportunity to forge many new friendships: for many of your Biochemistry classes, you will be learning alongside Biomedical Science students; you will also be meeting students who are taking your other main subject and, of course, you will meet lots of other students in your accommodation and around campus. We are a truly international campus and this is a great chance to mingle with students from many other cultures.

I and my colleagues on the Biochemistry and Biomedical Science teaching team look forward to meeting you at the start of the new academic year and we hope that you make the most of your opportunities here.

Best wishes

Dr David Watson
Biochemistry Programme Director

We are not expecting students to do any preparatory reading before they arrive. As many of our students have different educational backgrounds, all the key topics are covered from scratch.  For some of you, the material covered in first year modules may be familiar, but you will be delving much deeper into the subject that you have done at A-level (or equivalent). If, however, you are keen to get started, listed below are a few key textbooks that we will be referring to throughout the first two years of your course. 

Berg, JM, Tymoczko, JL, Gatto, GR and Stryer, L (2015)  Biochemistry 8th Edition WH Freeman & CoAlberts, B, Johnson, A, Lewis, J, Morgan D, Raff M, Roberts, K and Walter, P (2014) Molecular Biology of the Cell 6th Edition Garland Science.

Other essential equipment to bring:

A basic scientific calculator (however this should not be a programmable one, as programmable calculators are not allowed in examinations).

Basic drawing equipment, including coloured pens and pencils, a protractor, ruler and a stapler.

Much of your work will need to be submitted electronically, and although there are plenty of computers available on campus, you may find it useful to have a laptop computer.  As a student you are eligible for versions of Microsoft Software at greatly reduced prices, so it would be advisable to wait until you have registered before buying software licences. You will also need a memory stick and should get yourself into the habit of keeping backup copies of your work on a portable memory stick. Keele computers are currently running Windows 7 and Office 2010.  Student email accounts are administered through Google and you will therefore have access to Google drive, as additional back-up space. So many students have lost important work when their laptops have malfunctioned.

Monday 30/09/2019 from 14.00-15.00 Welcome to the School in HUX015

Monday 30/09/2019 from 15.00-16.00 Programme Welcome in HUX015

Thursday 03/10/2019 from 10.00-13.00 Lab Introduction Biochem DH in HUX126

Thursday 03/10/2019 from 14.00-17.00 Lab Introduction Biochem SH in HUX107

For the past year, 4 of our students and I have been writing an online journal called A Year in The Life Of.

Why not have a look for yourself?


You can use the username bc1 and password yitlo2012.

Student Support

Feel free to contact the Biochemistry Programme Director Dr David Watson  if you have any specific questions.

Those of you joining our single honours programme in 2018 will have to select 1 15-credit elective module in addition to your core modules. You can do this through your eVision account or at the electives fair during induction week. We have one year-long 30-credit module, which might confuse the electives fair staff, but you should inform them that you need to select one additional 15-credit module. We would advise you to pick this in semester 2, but some language modules might run in semester one. 

Follow this link and enter single honours biochemistry to see what modules are available.

We are expecting that most students will select the programme approved elective; 'LSC-10054-Plants: Sex, Drugs & Alcohol' (listed under "Option Choices" when you follow the link above and select single honours biochemistry), but you are free to choose whatever you like from the "Elective Choices" - subject to timetabling.