How to become a biochemist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- specialist training with the NHS
You'll usually need a science degree. For jobs in industry or research, you may also need a postgraduate qualification like a master's degree or PhD.
Relevant degree subjects include:
- chemical and molecular biology
- microbiology genetics
- molecular biology
During your degree course, you may be able to get experience of working in a laboratory through a Summer Vacation Studentship.
Some universities also offer a science foundation year as part of a degree if you have not studied science subjects to the level needed for direct entry to degree course.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could work as a laboratory technician and study on the job for a degree to qualify.
In the NHS, you can train by following the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
Integrated master's qualifications like MBiolSci, MBiochem or MSci can be studied at university. These courses combine more independent research and are designed to lead directly onto further postgraduate study like a PhD.
Professional and industry bodies
Membership of a professional body like the Biochemical Society or the Royal Society of Biology may be useful to reinforce your status as a professional scientist and to help keep your knowledge current.
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