study or take part in lab-based research abroad
High Flyer Programme:
qualified applicants can complete course in three years
Royal Society of Biology
Why this course?
This joint Honours degree course combines biochemistry and immunology.
Biochemistry is the study of how cells work at molecular level. Biochemistry, and the related field of molecular biology, are important in understanding the molecular basis of life and its role in the disease process.
Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against disease. It helps us understand how the immune system is tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy.
The opportunity to choose specific degree combinations will allow you to go into specialist biomedical science areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular research, immunopharmacology, industrial immunology, drug research, biochemistry, microbiology and bacteriology.
What you’ll study
Years 1 & 2
Students on all the biosciences degrees study the same classes in the first two years. This means you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until the end of Year 2.
Subjects include molecular bioscience, biology of organisms, chemistry for bioscience, an introduction to infection and immunity, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, cell and molecular biology and human physiology.
You also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.
Years 3 & 4
You'll specialise in the area in which you plan to graduate. In the Honours year, you’ll carry out a research project in either subject and present a dissertation of your work. This could be lab-based research.
You can also take part in enterprise projects of commercial significance for a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company in the west of Scotland. Student exchange programmes offer the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.
Transfer to the MSci Biochemistry or Innumology may be possible at the end of Year 4, subject to performance.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
describe the underlying molecular pathology of cardiovascular disease and be able to discuss the causes of the disease and the rationale for new therapies
understand the genetic basis of metabolic and endocrine disorders and be able to discuss recent advances in diagnosis and treatment
demonstrate an appreciation of the molecular mechanisms underlying brain function and the effect of excitotoxicity and neurodegenerative processes
understand the molecular basis of cancer and appreciate recent advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment
understand key examples of recent advances in molecular biotechnology that can be used for improved diagnostics (pharmacogenomics / personalised medicine) or therapeutics (drug design, optimisation, medicine based on genetics)
understanding of the key concepts and biochemical approaches that underpin protein crystallography and associated protein structure modelling as applied to basic research and drug discovery/development
understanding of the basics of commercial drug discovery and the application of biochemical techniques to recombinant production of drugs/therapeutics and genetically modified crops
understanding and recognition of the impact of biochemical approaches in the development and maintenance of genetically modified cell models for basic and applied medical research
understanding and recognition of the impact of biochemical approaches in the development and maintenance of genetically modified animal models for basic and applied medical research
understand and recognition of the impact of genome editing and advanced tissue culture in basic research and regenerative medicine
to give students an understanding immunotherapy in disease
to give students an understanding of the production of immunological reagents
to give students an understanding of the use of immunological assays
to give students an understanding of vaccination strategies
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by written examinations, essays, presentations and computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and quizzes, available on our virtual learning environment, Myplace.
Competence is assessed through practical tests, practical write-ups, project reports and CAL exercises and quizzes.
Communication skills are assessed through essays and oral presentations.
Project work is assessed from project reports and oral presentations.
There’s an individual research project in the final year of the course where you’ll demonstrate research skills, problem solving and a research approach.
Learning & teaching
You’ll have around 240 hours of lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning per year, in Years 1 to 3.
In your Honours year, you'll carry out a research project in one of your specialisations and write this up as a short thesis.
To allow you to prepare, class handouts are available in advance from Myplace. Handouts will be supported by essays, oral and tutorial/workshop presentations.
Quantitative skills are taught by the Department of Maths & Statistics, the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry as well as the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.
Most laboratory classes, including the chemistry classes in Year 1, include number and numeracy and statistical skills that are used in the institute. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (two sciences, including Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry |(if not at Higher) National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; Maths National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; English National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B and Biology/Human Biology B, in addition to requirements for Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: BBB (two sciences, including Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B, Maths GCSE B, GCSE English Language B or English Literature B
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Please note if you are taking the newly reformed Biology A level, we'll require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.
32 (two sciences, Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5; Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit
Year 2 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit or relevant HND, BB in Graded Units
Year 3 entry: relevant HND, AB in Graded Units
Deferred entry is accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
University preparation programme fees
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Course materials & costs
Lab coats and safety goggles
PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
Masters of Pharmacy students must pay for a PVG certificate during their first semester at a cost of £57. This is applicable across all schools of pharmacy.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
You could be involved in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or even slowing down the ageing process.
Our graduates find jobs in the pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical industries, hospitals and public service laboratories, environmental centres, analytical and forensic science labs, universities, the scientific civil service and teaching at all levels.
Many students also continue onto postgraduate studies and research.
The transferable skills you gain from this course will not only prepare you for a career in science but also in areas such as finance, management, marketing, sales, business and media.
Where are they now?
87.5% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
Recent employers include:
Aviagen UK Ltd
E&O Diagnostics Limited
**Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2021/13, 2011/12 (aggregated data).
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
You might be asked to attend an interview
Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.
You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
We welcome applications from international students