Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 2021 entry
The BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry entails the study of the biochemical mechanisms involved in all life processes covering a broad spectrum of fields, from viral replication to neurobiology. You will investigate the biochemical aspects of cell and organismal function and regulation including protein function, molecular genetics, membranes and cell communication, bioenergetics and pharmacology as well as a final-year laboratory project with one of the relevant research groups in the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Biochemistry Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master in Biochemistry.
More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.
Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: September 2021
- End date: June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB, including Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry
- Minimum entry grades: AABB, including Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAB, including Biology and Chemistry
- Minimum entry grades: ABB, including Biology and Chemistry
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5), including HL6 in Biology and HL6 in Chemistry
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL6 in Biology and HL5 in Chemistry
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
Direct entry to second year
Well-qualified school leavers may be able to apply for admission directly into the second year of this course. Find out more about direct entry to second year for Biochemistry BSc.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Students must have studied Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates offering strong science qualifications over and above the stated minimum requirements.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Biology conducts world-class, innovative multidisciplinary research, and in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, Biology was ranked second in the UK based on the impact of its research.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
"A big motivation of mine for studying at St Andrews was the excellent research that is being carried out. As a biologist with the aim of going into research, it was important to me that the university had the facilities and people that would drive me in that direction. I love how personal the teaching style is here – students are welcome to chat to the lecturers and they are always happy to help."
Rebekka (Vienna, Austria)