Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry with Studies in the USA

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Biochemistry is the foundation for understanding all biological processes. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as many chemical and health related industries. If you want to work at the frontier of science in the future, look no further than our BSc Biochemistry degree.

Cutting-edge science 

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline where opportunities in the field continuing to develop. Biochemistry explores both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the fast expanding field of biotechnology. As a graduate, you will have excellent and exciting prospective career paths

Professionally-accredited learning

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers.

Take your studies stateside

This course includes a year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo, Ohio. This exchange programme has been running for over 35 years. The University is considered to be a leading centre for science, with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the world.

You will:
  • Have the opportunity to study in the USA for a year
  • Explore areas of research such as nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial, lung diseases, biotechnology, toxicology and much more
  • Gain the skills needed to take advantage of career opportunities in an expanding field

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You have a strong interest in both biological and chemical sciences


You have a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field


You want to experience a year studying in the USA

Course details

All about the course

Chemistry students doing experiments

BSc Biochemistry is delivered full-time over three years via a programme of practice-focused modules. You'll explore important scientific subjects including biological chemistry, organic chemistry, and genetics.  

  • During year one, you will be introduced to the core concepts of biochemistry through a range of theoretical and practical modules
  • As you progress into year two, you will develop your biochemistry specialised knowledge and laboratory skills from the University of Toledo in the USA.
  • In your final year, you can choose from a selection of specialised biochemistry modules and complete your studies with a supervised research project in a subject of your choice
Study in the USA

This course includes a year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo, Ohio. This exchange programme has been running for over 35 years. The University is considered to be a leading centre for science, with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the world.

Situated on the western trip of Lake Eerie, Toledo is less than a five-hour drive from Toronto and Chicago. You can take advantage of its location to travel around the USA whilst you are on exchange is very easy.

Industry Placements

On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree then your degree will have  'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology find out more here.  

Recent biochemistry students have undertaken placements at the Respiratory Physiology Unit at the Royal Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, AstraZeneca in Cheshire, the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute and the Hochschule in Bremen, North Germany.

Year one

Biological Chemistry

This module introduces the basics of molecular structure and spectroscopy, structure and function of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.


This module will help you develop an understanding of genes and genetics, and their influence on evolution and development. It looks at the basic principles of molecular genetics and the function and evolution of genes in organisms.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.

Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills

This module is designed to allow you to develop basic laboratory skills and techniques that underpin fundamental biochemical investigations.

Introductory Biochemistry

The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.

Cell Biology

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.

Year two

University of Toledo

In year 2 at the University of Toledo, you will study a range of modules similar to those offered in year 2 of the degree at Salford. You will be supported by a tutor based in Salford whom you will have had as your first year tutor. You will also be supported by a local tutor in Toledo.    

Year three

Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease

This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.

Research Project and Professional Skills

An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of biochemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.


Current Topics in Biochemistry

This module is designed to inform you of some of the latest developments in biochemistry by engaging you with the latest research findings. You will also learn how research policy and research infrastructure is shaped to address current and future needs of society.

Choose one option from the following

Science and Industry

This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your employability after graduation.

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

This module will introduce you to historical and current developments in cancer biology. You will examine critical signalling pathways that govern neoplastic transformation and how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment.


This module encourages an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in industry and develops your knowledge of a variety of biochemical processes in a range of important industrial applications.

Clinical Immunology

This module looks at mammalian immunological mechanisms, and the roles played by T and B cells/Lymphokines in generating an immune response. It helps you develop an understanding of the genetics of antibody diversity, HIV pathogenesis and the current immunodiagnostic assays for infectious and non-infectious diseases.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including:

  • Extended projects
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • Laboratory activities


Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination. Assessment methods include:

  • Research projects
  • Laboratory reports
  • Essays
  • Data analysis
  • Presentations
  • Literature reviews
  • Examinations 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.



You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a biochemistry student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose-built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.




At the heart of this course is the year abroad at our partner institution the University of Toledo in Ohio (USA) building on over 30 years of successful exchanges. You will be based in the University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and have access to dedicated equipment and computer software for an advanced level of studies, including advanced genomic screens, microscopic imaging studies and quantitative gene expression analyses. 


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What about after uni?


With training allowing you to develop your own personal skill set in laboratory science, theoretical science and softer skills ready for the working world, this programme will enhance your employability and personal development, allowing you to enter the working world with an enhanced and divergent skill set. Here in the North West there is a burgeoning life sciences and chemical sciences sector, and this course is aligned to the demand for skills that this industry is generating.

Biochemistry is at the cutting-edge of research and is an exceptionally versatile scientific discipline with opportunities in the field continuing to grow and develop. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied to all fields of medicine and agriculture as well as many chemical and health related industries. Biochemistry is also unique in providing teaching and research in both protein structure and function, and genetic engineering - the two basic components of the rapidly expanding field of biotechnology.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food or brewing industries, as well as in clinical or other biomedical areas such as forensic science and analytical biochemistry. Our graduates are employed across bioscience by companies such as AstraZeneca and the Cancer Research UK Manchester institute, or many carry on to further study. Additionally, biochemists with knowledge of physiology are in demand in sports science, in healthcare and hospitals and in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in research establishments and other areas of bioscience.


You might find you want to learn more about biological and chemical sciences. Building on our scientific expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for postgraduate study also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

MSc Drug Design and Discovery

MSc Biotechnology



A taste of what you could become

An analytical chemist

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A healthcare scientist

A clinical research associate

And more...

Career Links

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. Recent students have completed placement years at AstraZeneca, Kidscan and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. If you choose to do a placement year after the second year of the degree then your degree will have 'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology find out more here


What you need to know


We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in both the chemical and biological sciences, and a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field.


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements


English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 - 120 points

A level

104 - 120 points including a biological discipline and Chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.

BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Scottish Highers

104-120 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-120 points from Higher Level. To include specific subjects: Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

International Baccalaureate

30-31 points with at least one science subject from Group 4

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

The major additional costs (as of 23 Oct 2019) for the year in Toledo are as follows:

  • Flights – in recent years has been between £900 and £1,000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return).
  • Visa – currently $340 (approx. £265); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred.
  • Health insurance – will vary from one individual to another but probably averages about £500 if purchased in advance.

Housing expenses whilst students are in the USA is approximately the same as the new apartments on campus at Salford.

Most students are able to claim back a reasonable proportion of the above costs from Student Finance England as a grant: “You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £8.73 of household income over £39,796.” See https://www.gov.uk/travel-grants-students-england/what-youll-get for more information. 

Almost all the general fees that Toledo students have to pay are waived. However, there is a small admin fee (approx. £50) that our students have to pay to Toledo upon arrival.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID C702

Institution S03

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