Pre-requisites: A-level Chemistry grade C or equivalent

Aims/Description: This module provides a broad introduction to Biochemistry and examines the molecules that carry out and control all the chemical reactions in biological cells. The basic chemical concepts underlying the structures of biomolecules are covered, together with the functions and mechanisms of action of biomolecules and the interplay of metabolic pathways. The regulation of these pathways is addressed as well as cellular signalling and the important role and structure of biomembranes. These processes are set in the context of the molecular details of the cellular cytoskeleton and considered via the energetics of enzyme driven reactions.

Restrictions on availability: For students outside of MBB A-level Chemistry at grade B or equivalent

Staff Contact: Dr John Rafferty
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Classroom Testing
WebCT resources are available for this module

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

Departmental Home Page
Teaching timetable


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

URLs used in these pages are subject to year-on-year change. For this reason we recommend that you do not bookmark these pages or set them as favourites.

Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK