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Direct entry to second year Biochemistry MBiochem (Hons) 2022 entry

It is possible for students applying for the Biochemistry MBiochem single Integrated Masters degree to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in only four years instead of five.

This option is offered to students with excellent Advanced Higher, A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.    

Students who enter directly into second year will take modules required by the Biochemistry MBiochem programme from the second year on, bypassing first-year modules entirely. Direct entry students will also take Introductory Chemistry for Second Year Direct Entry Students.

Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study and to go on an external placement during the third year of study.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of direct entry to second year, please contact the School of Biology


School of Biology
University of St Andrews
Biomedical Sciences Research Complex
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9ST

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3401

School of Biology

Key information

UCAS code


Course type

Master in Biochemistry (Integrated Masters degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 5 September 2022
  • End date: 30 June 2026

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

    • Advanced Highers: AB, including Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry
    • Highers: AAAB 
    • AAA, including Biology and Chemistry
    • 38, including HL6 in Biology and HL6 in Chemistry

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Students must have studied Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry at SQA Advanced Highers, 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.

  • SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing science
    • Geography
    • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

Other qualifications

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.