Taught course


The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. Please contact us for advice if your degree is in medicine or pharmacy. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent.

We are unable to consider applications from students with an undergraduate degree in chemistry or physical sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Biochemistry course will give you research experience and professional skills in contemporary biochemistry, opening up a future career in industry or academic research.

Biochemical understanding is fundamental to all biological disciplines. While much of modern biochemistry aims to provide an understanding of fundamental biological processes at a molecular level, it also contributes to the solving of medical problems and the discovery of safe and effective drugs.

This is a research-focused course that uses an interactive approach to learning through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements rather than a traditional lecture-based format.

You will undertake two research projects, as well as units covering science communication and experimental design and statistics. You will also attend tutorials where you will learn about biosciences research at Manchester and a workshop on bioethics.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 6.5 in each component, or TOEFL 90 (internet based) with a minimum of 22 in each component.

If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your course, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test may be required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application. For details, please see requirements from our University Language Centre.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details, see entry requirements from your country.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439