About This Course
This degree seeks to provide a broad life science programme with specific emphasis on biochemistry relevant to medicine. The course will deliver a firm foundation of the scientific basis for human health and disease with particular emphasis on the role of genetics and chemical pathways in contributing to disease. There is strong emphasis throughout the degree on the teaching of key transferable skills which will ensure that graduates of this programme will be highly employable in a number of fields.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Successful Medical Biochemistry students will be ideally placed for MSc and PhD programmes and for research positions within the NHS.
- To achieve his, students will be taught by academics, clinicians and researchers with considerable NHS, Academic and Research experience.
- Students will have the opportunity to carry out laboratory work in our excellent facilities.
- Our research was ranked 3rd out of 94 UK-wide submissions for Research Output in REF 2014.
- Bangor University is a vibrant and friendly environment, with an excellent reputation for student support and for student satisfaction.
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On this course teaching will take place in lectures, small group seminars and laboratory practicals. Students benefit from a high number of contact hours that includes utilisation of our state-of-the art teaching laboratories and lecture facilities. Assessment is by a mixture of examinations, reports, coursework and presentations. In the final year, all students will undertake individual research projects or dissertations.
What will you study on this course?
During the first year you will attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical sessions to provide a broad base of relevant knowledge and proficiencies. Since year 1 is common for all undergraduate degrees in the School of Medical Sciences, you will have an opportunity to change to Medical Biology (B103) or Biomedical Science (B102) before the start of year 2 (subject to eligibility criteria).
- Foundation in Molecules and Cells
- Key Skills in Medical Science
- Foundation in Chemistry
- Good Laboratory Practice
- Biomedical Practicals
- Physiology and Anatomy
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Foundation in Therapeutics
Year 2 and 3
Your second and third-year modules will expand upon the key life science subjects covered in year 1 whilst introducing you to fundamental concepts in medical biochemistry. Students will explore subjects including cellular metabolism, medical genetics and genomics, and the importance of inorganic and organic chemistry in health and disease
During the third year you will also be expected to complete a piece of independent research in which you will examine a key question in the field of medical biochemistry. The findings of your research will then be submitted as a written dissertation. Welsh medium modules are also available.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Medical Biochemistry Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Costs
Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (starting in 2019–20 & 2020–21)
- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
International Student Tuition Fees*
* Please note: the international tuition fees displayed are for the current academic year (2020-21). The fees for the next academic year (2021-22) will be confirmed soon.
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
International Year Zero: HSD GPA 2.0 OR SAT 1500+
International Year 1: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 500+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Undergraduate Courses: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 550+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Postgraduate Courses: Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.0. GRE not required
PhD/Research Course: Masters Degree
Note: Some courses may require higher entry requirements. Refer Individual Course page for details.
Applicants from USA need NOT provide additional evidence of English Language ability, if previous education was with English medium of instruction. Otherwise, an IELTS overall 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent is normally required (some courses may require a higher score).
For 2021 entry:
GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science.
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A levels in Chemistry and preferably Biology and one other STEM subject.
- WJEC Medical Science Applied Diploma and Applied Certificate
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DMM (Biology and Chemistry modules required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including Biology and Chemistry (Preferred) at Higher Level
- Access: Only Science or Bioscience diplomas provide the necessary pre-requisite knowledge
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification
- Key Skills and General Studies not accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: email@example.com or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
With integrated, scientific knowledge and skills such as critical appraisal, communication and problem solving, graduates will have high employability in science-based areas. They will also be ideally placed for MSc and PhD programmes and for research positions within academia and the NHS (including the NHS Scientist Training Programme).
Employment opportunities include, clinical bioinformatics, clinical pharmaceutical science, physiological sciences, clinical biochemistry, genomic counselling, paramedic sciences, and physician associate. Please note many of these require further postgraduate study and/or training.
Additionally, graduates from the Medical Biochemistry degree will be well positioned for employment within the pharmaceutical industry
Research / Links with Industry
The academics involved with this course have extensive clinical and research links with the local NHS University Health Board and other external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern clinical and research environment graduates will enter.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you Study
The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact the School on +44 (0)1248 388620 or by emailing email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
General University Application
How to apply through UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
When to apply?
We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.