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Study in the Discipline of Biochemistry is taught within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences teaches Biochemistry to Science and Medical Science students at the 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: MBLG1001/1901/1991 and 12 credit points of Junior CHEM.
Recommended: 6 credit points of Junior BIOL.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Biochemistry, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from Senior units of study listed in Table 1 - Biochemistry.


During the Honours year, students will be involved in a study program designed for those wishing to further develop their laboratory skills and critical thinking. The program is very strongly recommended for any student wishing to enter a research career or undertake further work leading to a higher degree. The program provides the opportunity for individual laboratory research work under the direction of a supervisor. This project culminates in the production of a research thesis and presentation of the key findings in a seminar. During the year each student is also expected to attend research seminars and complete a coursework component that consists of tutorials and an exam based on the critical evaluation of scientific manuscripts. Assessment is based on the research project (including laboratory performance, written report and oral presentation) and the coursework (tutorial performance and written exam).

Biochemistry Honours is taught within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The School offers projects in a wide range of research areas including structural biology; proteomics and biotechnology; nutrition and metabolism; and molecular biology and genetics and microbiology. Details of available projects are contained in the Biochemistry Honours Guide which can be obtained from the school office or on the website:

For further information on specific research projects prospective students should consult individual academic staff members:

Honours contact

Honours Coordinator:
A/Prof Andrew Holmes

T +61 2 9351 2530

Contact/further information

T +61 2 9036 5417

School Office
Room 435, Molecular Bioscience Building G08
University of Sydney
NSW 2006