Taught course


University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Students should possess a UK University undergraduate degree or its equivalent outside the UK (usually at least a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent). Candidates are expected to possess a strong background in one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, biological sciences with some chemistry component, chemistry with biological chemistry components. Other scientific backgrounds will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section) PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section) CPE: Grade C; CAE: Grade B

Months of entry


Course content

Biochemistry is fundamental to most areas of life-science: it has a major impact on modern medical research and is essential in the pharmaceutical, nutrition, forensic, bioengineering, agricultural and environmental industries. The programme is designed to produce highly skilled and motivated biochemists that are suitable for entry into employment in life-sciences industry or for further academic research.

Students will be taught to apply chemical and physical principles to biological molecules in complex living systems in order to expand their understanding of the molecular basis of the processes which take place within these organisms. Through a combination of taught courses, practical skills training and laboratory-based research, students will explore the structures, dynamics, interactions and metabolic pathways of biological molecules, from small molecules to large macromolecular complexes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
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