The path to becoming a biochemist is a challenging but rewarding one.

Biochemistry is the branch of science that explores the chemical processes that take place inside all living things, from bacteria to plants and animals. It is a laboratory based science that brings together biology and chemistry, by using chemical knowledge and techniques to help understand and solve biological problems.

Biochemists play an important role in contributing to advances in a wide variety of areas, including health, agriculture and the environment. Progress in the biochemical understanding of disease and complex molecular structures has led to medical applications including the screening of unborn babies for disease, investigation of possible cures for illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, and the formulation of new and improved medicines. Find out more.

The path to becoming a biochemist is a challenging but rewarding one. Most biochemists will carry out an undergraduate degree, and many will continue to further education or use their knowledge to work in a related field.

Studying for a postgraduate qualification after completing your first degree can open up a whole new world of career opportunities in the future. Postgraduate qualifications often allow you to apply for more specialized jobs that are not available to the majority of graduates, and allow you to pursue a subject which interests you.

There are a range of Biochemistry courses of different lengths and specialisms.
Find out where you can study biochemistry with the UCAS course guide.

Find out about the subjects you will cover, the transferable skills you’ll learn, and read tips to help choose the right course for you.

Postgraduate Studies

There are numerous options for continuing your studies after completing an undergraduate degree. Find out about:

Masters in Science courses
PhDs (Doctor of Philosophy)
Alternative Postgraduate Studies

For further information and general advice on postgraduate study, visit the Prospects website

Studying Biochemistry at Undergraduate level

Read our booklet on the topics you may cover and skills you will develop in a typical biochemistry undergraduate degree.