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Study biochemistry abroad

An in-depth guide to studying biochemistry as an international student.

Biochemistry degrees abroad

Biochemistry is a complex subject that sits at the point where chemistry, biology and medicine meet. It attempts to make sense of molecules and their interactions that create all living things, and advances in biochemistry have had a huge impact on our daily lives.

As a biochemistry graduate you’ll be able to provide insight into a wide range of important areas like developing medical treatments for conditions like obesity, cancer and diabetes. If you are interested in studying the science behind the latest advances in medicine, nutrition and pharmaceuticals, then biochemistry could be perfect for you.

You can study biochemistry degrees at a huge range of universities and science colleges all over the world. By studying abroad, you could gain access to some of the world’s best programs at universities with the latest advancements and facilities.

Biochemistry program structure

Biochemistry degree programs are available to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can study for a BSc in biochemistry over three or four years, and some universities offer MSci or MBiol programs that add an extra year of study and convert a bachelor’s to a master’s level qualification.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and want to continue your studies you can take on an MSc in biochemistry over one or two years. If you want to complete a terminal degree in biochemistry, you can study for a PhD, which usually involves between three and six years of research and study.

Biochemistry can be a challenging course, and will usually involve more contact hours than many other university programs. A lot of your teaching will be through lectures, seminars and practical lab-based workshops. Exams, essays, practical exercises, presentations and coursework will make up a lot of your assessment, but this will differ for each module you take.

The exact program structure and content will be unique to each university, and most courses will be made up of core modules and electives you can choose yourself. Some of the most common biochemistry modules include:

  • Evolution and the diversity of life
  • Genetics
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • General chemistry
  • Metabolism
  • Research skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology

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Biochemistry undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in biochemistry

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    Chemistry - Biochemistry (pre-Medicine) - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biochemistry (Genetics) - BSc University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Biochemistry - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Biochemistry - BA/BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Biochemistry graduate programs

Master's in biochemistry

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    Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,918 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Nutritional Biochemistry - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Biochemistry - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Biochemistry - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,600 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biochemistry - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in biochemistry

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    Biochemistry - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - PhD Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,616 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemistry and Biochemistry - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,124 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Future biochemistry careers

Completing a degree in biochemistry can open up a wide range of career opportunities in areas like research, biology, and medicine. Some common roles for biochemistry graduates include:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Academic researcher
  • Laboratory technician
  • Research scientist
  • Medical chemist

Many students choose to continue their academic studies after graduation by taking on master’s level qualifications or higher.

There are many other roles you can pursue after a biochemistry degree that aren’t science-related, so don’t limit your search. Your degree will give you a wide range of skills in things like communication, research and analysis which most employers value.