Biochemistry and Biology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Keele’s combined honours programme in Biochemistry and Biology will give you a comprehensive background in the varying perspectives of the science of life, from cellular and molecular levels to the whole organism.

Combined Honours
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Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: CC17

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This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

Course Overview

We will equip you with the skills to tackle increasingly problematic and complex issues surrounding our ever growing and ageing human population, our medical problems and the impacts our actions have on each other and on life on Earth. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in field courses, undertake research projects and apply for placements.

A four year version of the programme provides the opportunity to take an industrial placement in the third year and the possibility of completing a placement at one of a number of research institutes in Europe. For example our students have done placements at the prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris, home to a number of Nobel Prize winners.

What will this mean for my future?

A degree in Biochemistry and Biology is the first step towards a broad variety of careers. These can include the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food industries, the NHS and environmental health sector and research within the biological, environmental and medical sectors. The applied nature of the programme will equip you with a range of transferable employability skills of relevance to careers in the Biosciences as well as in other graduate careers where numeracy and an objective scientific approach to problem solving are valued.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Nature’s Tools: Proteins and Enzymes 
  • Metabolism: Major Metabolic Pathways 
  • Information and Inheritance 
  • Cells and Organelles: Biochemical Aspects of Cell Biology 
  • Diversity of Life 
  • Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Genetics and Evolution 

Second year

  • Gene and Protein Engineering
  • Molecular, Cellular and Structural Immunology 
  • Metabolism in Health and Disease 
  • Endocrinology and Cell Signalling 
  • Life at the Extremes 
  • Research and Analytical Skills 

Third year

  • Life Sciences Experimental Project
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Structural Biology and Macromolecular Function
  • Acquisition, Analysis and Communication of Information
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Parasitology
  • Applied Insect Ecology
  • Fish Biology