Undergraduate courses

Our degrees are taught by leading academic experts, putting you at the heart of developments in the molecular biosciences. Whichever degree you choose, the first year is exactly the same, and you can switch between courses to pursue the areas that most interest you.

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Four year MBiolSci option

All of our courses have a four year option to give you more laboratory experience and training in research-related skills. The fourth year is centred around an extended laboratory project and is particularly for those interested in a career in research.

The MBiolSci Biochemistry course comes accredited by the Royal Society of Biology – find out more

Download a diagrammatic display of degree course structures, and examples of typical timetables in each year

Please note that the information in these documents relates to the 2016-17 year, and is subject to change before you start your degree.


Biochemistry – C700/C709
Biochemistry and Genetics – CC74/CC7C
Biochemistry and Microbiology – CC75/CC79
Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology – C790/C791
Medical Biochemistry – C741/C749

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of life. It looks at the chemical constituents of living cells, and how these constituents regulate life processes. As such, biochemists investigate a diverse range of problems in plants, animals and micro-organisms.

There are variations on this course so that you can study genetics, microbiology or molecular cell biology alongside biochemistry, or focus on biochemistry's role and application in medicine.


Genetics – C400/C409
Genetics and Microbiology – CC45/CC4C
Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology – CC47/CC4R
Medical Genetics – C431/C433

Genetics deals with heredity and variation in all organisms, from bacteria to humans. Geneticists study how DNA programmes cells so that they can grow and reproduce, and how it determines differences between individuals and populations.

Genetic knowledge is crucial to developments in medical science and the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, and our courses allow you to focus on medical genetics, or study microbiology or molecular cell biology alongside genetics.


Microbiology – C500/C509
Medical Microbiology – C521/C523

Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, microalgae and viruses provide our food, natural resources, life-saving antibiotics, and clean up the biosphere. They survive and thrive in bizarre environments that support no other life forms.

Our understanding of them underpins the search for life on other worlds and has applications in biotechnology as well as much of modern medicine, which is why we also offer you the option to specialise in medical microbiology.

Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology – C440/C449

The molecular approach to biology affects every biological discipline, and the techniques and approaches of molecular biology form the basis of modern experimental biology. This course combines content from across our Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology courses.

For a degree program with more emphasis on chemistry, visit the Chemistry with Biological and Medicinal Chemistry degree web pages on the Department of Chemistry website. This is a four-year course accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, taught jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.