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I'm in year 13 right now and I'm basically having a crisis about what degree I want to study between Chemistry or Biochemistry. The thing that is putting me off of chemistry at the moment is that I mostly enjoy organic chemistry rather than physical chemistry which I often struggle with. For example I love analytical chemistry, Isomerism, mechanisms, periodicity, etc, but I'm not a huge fan of thermodynamics, rates of reactions (basically anything that crosses over with physics) Are there any chemistry degrees that focus more on organic chemistry than physical chemistry? Or is it all about equal? Also I didn't do A-level maths, would I struggle with degree-level chemistry without it?
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Sounds like biochemistry would be better for you. There will still be some physical chemsitry things to cover but no where near as much as with regular chemistry.

Have a look at this particular degree course modules

Also be aware that dispite the name its much more about biology than chemistry.
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Sounds like biochemistry would be better for you. There will still be some physical chemsitry things to cover but no where near as much as with regular chemistry.

Have a look at this particular degree course modules

Also be aware that dispite the name its much more about biology than chemistry.
I looked at the course, there are parts that interest me and parts that don’t, same for chemistry, if only I could find a perfect blend of the two... my main passion is biology but I don’t want to leave chemistry behind altogether, I really enjoy them both I just don’t know what to do...
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I’m also worried that biochemistry is a risk because of the career prospects, I feel Chemistry would be a better option for employability because of how many people do biochemistry degrees. I also went to an open day for a university where a researcher said he had done a chemistry degree and branched off into biochemistry from there, does this seem like a safer option?
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I looked at the course, there are parts that interest me and parts that don’t, same for chemistry, if only I could find a perfect blend of the two... my main passion is biology but I don’t want to leave chemistry behind altogether, I really enjoy them both I just don’t know what to do...
You are highly unlikely to love 100% of any degree, everyone has their loved, liked, tolerated and despised areas of their degree

There are other flavours of biology/chemistry degrees: biological chemistry, chemistry with biology, medicinal chemistry etc.

The titles themselves are only mildly helpful, you need to look at the course breakdown for the details.
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I’m also worried that biochemistry is a risk because of the career prospects, I feel Chemistry would be a better option for employability because of how many people do biochemistry degrees. I also went to an open day for a university where a researcher said he had done a chemistry degree and branched off into biochemistry from there, does this seem like a safer option?
Yeah, my advice is to keep things as general as possible for the degree - what you are interested will change over time. Something you love now (organic chemistry?) you might come to hate as you get deeper into it.


It's easier to move into biology with a chemistry background than vice versa. But if you only enjoy organic chemistry and a few other bits, that's only around a third of the course - depending where you go of course!
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As you say Chemistry is possibly a better basis to do first. However, if you really don’t enjoy Physical Chemistry then you should seriously consider Biochemistry. Also think about how much you want to study Inorganic Chemistry in depth. Biochemistry will have less of it in the degree, and it’s worth mentioning that there is much more interesting Inorganic content at degree level than at A Level. I do Chemistry, and whilst I don’t particularly enjoy Physical Chemistry I really like inorganic Chemistry which I wouldn’t get in a Biochem degree. Ultimately you need to remember you’ll need to keep yourself going for 3/4 years so choose what you most love.
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