BSc Biological Chemistry

Countless consumer and industrial products, medicines and pharmaceuticals are produced on processes developed from chemistry.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked Top 15 in the UK (2015 Guardian University Guide)
  • Overall student satisfaction level is 96% (2015 Guardian University Guide).
  • Ranked top 10 in the UK for both spend per student and staff to student ratios according to the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
  • Biology at Aston is ranked Top 10 in the UK regarding Satisfaction with Teaching, Overall Student Satisfaction, and Career Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • It has close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities
  • Transfer to BSc Chemistry/Applied Chemistry or BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering is possible in the first year
  • Biology at Aston is ranked 11th in the UK regarding Teaching Excellence according to the latest Sunday Times University Guide.

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: C720

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points (including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level)

Specific subject requirements
A Level: Chemistry and Biology
General Studies accepted
GCSE: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted

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Tuition fees:

£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2015)                         £16,500 for Outside EU students (2015)
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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

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A vigorous, fast developing science, chemistry lies at the heart of most technological developments. Countless consumer and industrial products, medicines and pharmaceuticals are produced on processes developed from chemistry.

Ultimately you will be equipped for a successful career in chemistry, the chemical industries or a vast range of alternative scientific, business and professional occupations such as teaching.


Our Biological Chemistry course is aimed at students interested in the flourishing interface between chemical and biological science, processing and biotechnology. The course is based on a core of chemistry and chemical engineering with a strong additional content of biosciences subjects. Graduates will be well equipped to meet the needs of the wide variety of rapidly developing industries looking for skills in these closely interrelated fields.

Our courses emphasise the commercial as well as industrial application of chemistry. They aim to expand your fundamental chemical knowledge, refine your professional, scientific and technical skills and to develop your personal, communication and management skills

Year 1

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Year 2

Core Modules

Optional Modules

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

Core Modules

Optional Modules

The optional integrated placement year is available with all our chemistry courses. It will give you invaluable practical experience and enhance your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad. We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. All our undergraduates benefit from these links, whether through their placement, projects or vacation work, an excellent opportunity to receive training in industry or in a research establishment, providing invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Our courses incorporate lectures, tutorials, plant visits and lab work. You will also be involved in project work; developing essential problem solving skills with specialist supervision from staff and industrial consultants. This hands-on experience will involve learning a wide range of techniques. Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

Your broad grounding in the principles of chemistry will prepare you to enter research, development or production in the chemical process industries or to undertake postgraduate research or teaching certificate. Alternatively you may pursue a career in areas as diverse as commerce, administration, accounting, banking or the civil service.

The study of chemistry is a springboard to your future, whether or not you enter a directly related career and is a highly stimulating and rewarding choice. For students taking the Biological Chemistry course there are also opportunities in a wide variety of modern exciting industries including pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, biotechnology, environmental control, water, renewable energy and materials.
Prof S Al-Malaika 
Prof Al-Malaika's researches are in the areas of oxidation, stabilisation and modification of polymers. Current interests include studies on the oxidation and stabilisation of metallocene polyolefins, the antioxidant mechanisms and performance of biological antioxidant in polymers, synthesis of reactive compatibilisers for polymer blends, upgrading properties of polymers by reactive processing techniques, free radical grafting reactions on polymer melts and photo-bio-degradability of polymers.

Prof A V Bridgwater
Professor Bridgwater established the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) in 1986. Since then it has grown to 25 members with an aggregated research income of over £13m. BERG specialises in the fast pyrolysis of biomass and solid wastes for production of liquid bio-fuels and chemicals. The group also researches advanced gasification and bioenergy system analysis, design and evaluation including economic assessment. Professor Bridgwater leads the SuperGen Biomass and Bioenergy Consortium supported by EPSRC. He also leads Thermalnet, an EU-forum on the thermal conversion of biomass, sponsored by the EC and IEA Bioenergy.

Prof B J Tighe
Professor Tighe's research focuses on the design, synthesis and applications of biomedical polymers, a significant proportion of which are hydrogels, a term frequently used to describe polymers swollen with water. Current interests include novel materials for ophthalmic applications, drug delivery systems, bioadhesive polymers, synthetic materials for articular cartilage, lung surfactant and cornea. The research is interdisciplinary and involves strong interactive connections with relevant industrial companies.
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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Gwen Chimonides

BSc Biological Chemistry

"I chose BSc Biological Chemistry at Aston for the broad range of subjects and skill sets offered by the course; the University’s great reputation for graduate employment and the opportunity to take a placement year finalised the decision"


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