Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry with Studies in the USA



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


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.

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

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.

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. 

Start your study journey 

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying biochemistry, explore our facilities and meet the course team 

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

Royal Society of Biology (accredited degree) logo

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

Science students

Course delivery

Delivered in partnership with University of Toledo, our BSc Biochemistry with Studies in the USA degree will enable you to explore important scientific subjects including biological chemistry, organic chemistry, and genetics. Across three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will build scientific knowledge and advanced laboratory skills. 

Throughout your studies you will also choose from a selection of specialised biochemistry modules and complete your studies with a supervised research project in a subject of your choice.

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Study in the USA

One of the most exciting features of this course is the inclusive year of study in the USA at the University of Toledo, Ohio - an exchange programme running for over 35 years. Toledo is a leading centre for science, with a reputation for taking research from the laboratory to the wider world.

Situated on the western trip of Lake Eerie, Toledo is approximately an hours drive away from Detroit. Along with experiencing USA collegiate life, and making memories and new friendships, you can also use the exchange as an opportunity to travel around the big states of America.

Read about Peter's study abroad year experience at the University of Toledo.

Industry placement

On this course, you will also have the option to take an industry placement year. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

If you successfully complete a placement year as part of your studies, your degree will attain  'Advanced Degree Accreditation' by the Royal Society of Biology.   

Recent biochemistry students have completed 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 will help you understand key concepts in biological chemistry, including spectroscopy and spectrometry techniques for identifying small organic molecules; chemical reactivity and molecular interactions; chromatography; and kinetics and thermodynamics.


Genetics has become a central topic not only in biological science, but also for topics such as data science, art and culture. Genetics is revolutionising all spheres of life at an unprecedented speed. It is central to all areas of biology, from cellular development and reproduction to conservation and biodiversity. In this core module, we will provide you with the framework of this diverse area, covering areas from DNA fingerprinting and DNA/RNA editing, to ethics and conservation biology. We will expose you to the latest research in the area of molecular genetics and provide the foundation for your future. 

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 is a practical laboratory based module aiming to develop practical skills in the areas of biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and general chemistry. The students will be involved in hands-on laboratory work covering a range of essential techniques used in academia and industry. Students will be given feedback on their work during the classes. 

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 provides a broad cell biology knowledge base, building a solid foundation of key scientific content relevant to subsequent modules within several bioscience degrees.

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.


Current Topics in Biochemistry

This module comprises a series of lectures based around the latest research developments in biochemistry. There is also a lab practical/mini-project on gene function analysis in Caenorhabditis elegans using the technique of RNA-interference (RNAi).   

Final Year Project and Professional Skills

This dissertation module allows you to develop independent research skills, including both data collection/generation (for example, via lab-based research or fieldwork) and analysis, while conducting research on a topic in an area relevant to your programme of study. You will also develop your professional skills, with a focus on employability. 

Choose one option from the following:

Science and Industry

This module will help you develop an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability and greenness, and recovery from a post-pandemic landscape featuring skills sets of biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical, pharmaceutical and personal health care, from the laboratory to gaining understanding of the workings of industry. The material issued as lecture notes and support guides will be all released pre-module and each lecture session will flip learning to workshop through the academic staff and invited industry speakers for real world experience.

Cancer: Bench to Bedside

Students will learn the critical biological capabilities that enable tumour cancer initiation, maintenance and progression, and how some of these hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. The module contains an overview of the basic biology of cancer and applicable therapeutic strategies, with attention paid to relevant current technologies and future directions in cancer biology. Lectures will be complemented with tutorials where students will be involved in critical reading of scientific papers, while learning to evaluate scientific data and familiarise themselves with a variety of modern techniques.

And choose one option from the following


This module will help you develop an understanding of molecular techniques underpinning the science associated with the societal grand challenges of feeding the world and antibiotic resistance, and introduce the principles and techniques of genetic modification. On completion you will be able to apply a range of research and presentation techniques to a choice of research projects.

Clinical Immunology

Immunology is the study of the immune system. It is now a well-developed basic science, which is useful for the diagnosis and management of a great number and variety of human diseases. This module is designed to give an in-depth view of the basic components of the immune system and how these influence human diseases. Research-based discussion will be part of this module in understanding immune mechanisms in defense against human diseases and how these mechanisms can be dysregulated. Understanding the immune system leads to better clinical diagnostic and monitoring possibilities. Towards the end of the module you will also be given an overview of how the immune system can protect the body from developing cancers.  

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 
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

What is biochemistry?  

As the name implies, biochemistry merges the fields of biology and chemistry. It is dedicated to the study of chemical processes within biological cells.  

Is a biochemistry degree hard? 

Studying a Biochemistry degree can be challenging yet offers many rewarding benefits. At the University of Salford, you will be at the cutting-edge of research and the projects you will undertake will be exciting and inspiring.  

Despite the challenging and busy nature of our biochemistry programme, it can be very rewarding as you’ll be building your knowledge and making an impact in such an important field.  By the end of your degree, you will have developed many key skills including teamwork, communication, numerical and data analysis and independent thinking.  

There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practicing good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff.  

What can you do with a biochemistry degree? 

Obtaining a biochemistry degree opens many diverse career opportunities in both research and industry, spanning various fields including food and agriculture, health and environmental sciences. Some roles you could pursue after completing your degree include:  

  • Biomedical scientist  
  • Clinical research associate  
  • Academic researcher  
  • Biotechnologist  
  • Research scientist  
  • Scientific laboratory technician  

Our biochemistry degree 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, healthcare, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in research establishments and other areas of bioscience.

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As a biochemistry student, you will be based in our advanced, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. This specialist, purpose built facility ensures that you benefit from the latest technologies to keep teaching and learning apace with cutting-edge innovation and discovery.

University of Toledo

At the heart of this course is the year abroad at our partner institution the University of Toledo in Ohio (USA).

You will be based in the University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with 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. 

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of bioscience issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

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What about after uni?

A bioscientist using equipment


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 biotechnology field.

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.

Further study

You might find you want to learn more about biosciences. 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 also receive a generous fees discount. 

Biochemistry graduates can also choose to follow a research programme with our Biomedical Research Centre to further their knowledge in topics such as microbiology, parasitology, medicinal chemistry, cancer and cell biology. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

A taste of what you could become

An analytical chemist

A biomedical scientist

A biotechnologist

A healthcare scientist

A clinical research associate

And more...


What you need to know

Applicant profile

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.

English language requirements

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Standard entry requirements


English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above. Equivalents are accepted. 

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

UCAS tariff points

112 points including Biology and Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.


A level

112 points including Biology and Chemistry grade C. A pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.


BTEC National Diploma

DMM in a suitable science subject, which must include biology and chemistry. 

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Possible entry to year 3

Foundation Degree

Possible entry to year 3

Scottish Highers

112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology


Irish Leaving Certificate

112 points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.


International Baccalaureate

30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry. 


European Baccalaureate

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

Access to HE

112 UCAS points from QAA-approved Science access course, must include Biology and Chemistry.

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 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

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

Year in the USA

The major additional costs (as of June 2023) for the year in Toledo are as follows:

  • Flights – in recent years the cost for a return flight has been approximately £1,200 - £1,500.
  • Visa – currently $340; in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London, so will need to cover the travel costs incurred.
  • Health insurance – this will vary from one individual to another, but it will cost approx. $1,500 if obtained in the USA. There are also options to purchase a plan from the UK prior to departure.
  • Living costs - approximately $10,000 for 9 months.
  • Students pay only a reduced tuition fee to Salford while undertaking their studies in the USA and all tuition fees to the University of Toledo are waived. However students will have to pay approximately $200 on arrival to cover various services.

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 Travel grants for students studying abroad or on placements (Gov.uk) for more information. 

All registered Salford students are eligible to apply for funding under the Turing scheme, which is a UK government programme providing funding for International Opportunities. For more information on the Turing Scheme, please contact salford-iot@salford.ac.uk.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID C702

Institution S03