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Study in the discipline of Biochemistry is offered by the School of Molecular Bioscience in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Programme structure and content

The School of Molecular Bioscience teaches Biochemistry to Science and Medical Science students at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. This discipline area includes the fundamental principles governing the structure, function and interactions of biological molecules, the nature of genetic material and control of its expression and leads to an understanding of the molecular nature of living systems.

First year planning for a Biochemistry major

Essential: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Genetics Intro; MBLG1001/1901.
Recommended: 6 credit points of Junior Biology

Requirements for a major

For a major in Biochemistry, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed in this subject area.


An Honours program of study designed for those wishing to enter research or to undertake work leading to a higher degree is conducted in the fourth year. The programme runs from early February until mid-November. It provides the opportunity for laboratory research on a project supervised by a staff member, culminating in the production of a research thesis. During the year each student is also required to undertake a coursework programme that involves tutorials and an exam based on the critical evaluation of scientific manuscripts. Assessment of the year's work is based largely on the student's performance on the research project, and a written report on that project.

The School of Molecular Bioscience offers Honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology. Please note that acceptance into the Honours program is dependent on satisfying the requirements of the Faculty of Science and the School. It is important that you contact potential supervisors prior to applying for admission into Honours.

Honours contact

Dr Hannah Nicholas
Phone: +61 2 9351 2549

Contact/further information


Phone: +61 2 9036 5417
School of Molecular Bioscience
Room 435, Molecular Bioscience Building G08
University of Sydney
NSW 2006