Membership FAQs

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Full membership 
For those that have obtained a postgraduate qualification more than 10 years ago. The Society welcomes members from all over the world and from all fields and professions associated with molecular bioscience. 

Note: if you graduated less than 10 years ago, you qualify for Early Career Membership

Early Career membership
Early Career Membership brings all the benefits of Full Membership at a significantly reduced cost. Applicants are entitled to Early Career Membership for 10 years from the date of gaining a postgraduate qualification in the life sciences.

The Society welcomes members from all over the world, from all fields and professions associated with molecular bioscience.

Associate Membership 
Open to people with a background in molecular bioscience now working in related professions. These may include science teaching, science management/administration, editing, writing, scientific sales, scientific outreach and other similar careers. Scientists taking a break from their career may also join in this category. The Society welcomes members from all over the world. You can join at any time of the year. 

Postgraduate membership 
Open to anyone who has gained their first degree and is studying for a postgraduate qualification (PhD or MSc) in the molecular biosciences. The Society welcomes members from all over the world and from all fields and professions associated with molecular bioscience. You can join at any time of the year.

Undergraduate membership 
Open to anyone studying for a first degree in a subject related to the molecular biosciences and to school students over the age of 18 with an interest in continuing onto a molecular bioscience degree course. The Society welcomes members from all over the world. You can join at any time of the year

Emeritus membership 
Current Full Members (at least 10 years membership) may apply for Emeritus Membership upon their retirement from their profession.  

Contact us

You can download this from the Members’ Area.  Log in and choose ‘transactions’ from the dropdown options on the menu situated on the left-hand side of the page 

Biochemical Society membership runs for 12 or 36 months from the day of joining.

Log into the Members’ Area of the website or alternatively contact us 
Tel: +44 (0) 207 685 2444

You can request a letter confirming your membership and the date that you joined the Society by sending an email to the Membership Department. The letter will be emailed to you as a PDF and can also be sent in hard copy if requested.  Please note that you should allow at least 5 working days for your request to be processed.

Applicants residing in a low income- lower middle income- upper middle income-developing country (as classified by the World Bank) are entitled to a *50% discount on their Biochemical Society Membership fee. See discount table below

See table below

Category Current fee Low income
discounted fee
Full Membership £84 £42
Early Career Membership £47 £23.5
Associate Membership £22 £11
Postgraduate Membership £27 £13.5
Undergraduate Membership £16 £8
Emeritus Membership £27 £13.5


Members paying by Direct Debit or SEPA will receive a 5% discount annually on membership fees.

Members who take out a Multi-Year membership will receive a 10% discount on the total membership fee.

If your membership lapsed over 12 months ago you will need to re-join as a new member and obtain a new membership start date. If your membership lapsed within the last 12 months please email the Membership Department

We provide a variety of grants and bursaries to support our members with the cost of travelling and attending scientific meetings, training courses and visits to other laboratories. Through our publisher, Portland Press, we produce seven journals; two of which are free for members to read. There are also discounts available on open access article publishing charges for these journals. For the full range of benefits and discounts available to members, please visit our website.

We have recently upgraded our membership system and, as part of this, we have completed benchmarking across the learned societies sector and have chosen to follow practice and streamline our currency payments. From April 2020, membership fees will only be processed in £ GBP. By implementing this change to our system, we will make efficiencies across the Society, enabling us to invest in resources and continue to provide valuable support to bioscientists via our programme of grants and bursaries and a wide range of other membership benefits. This change follows feedback received from members and reflects best practice of other learned societies and membership associations.

Membership costs between £16 and £84, depending on your category of membership. Membership payments made in US dollars or Euros previously included all transaction costs. You shouldn’t notice a difference to your membership subscription fees, although this will depend on the currency exchange rate at the time of your renewal and any administration fees charged by your bank or card provider to process this transaction.

Payments can be made by debit or credit cards. Direct debit payments can also be made via a UK bank account. We can also accept bank transfers, following the receipt of a pro-forma.