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Hi,
I am currently studying A-level biology, maths and chemistry and I need to start deciding what i want to do at uni.
I want a degree that's 50% biology and 50% chemistry as I love both but I am struggling to find one. Any ideas?

I have considered biochemistry but it seems like that's more of a biology-based degree. Also, I definitely don't want to do medicine. Please help me! Thank you.
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https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer
Put your subjects in there, It will give you some suggestions
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https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer
Put your subjects in there, It will give you some suggestions
Thanks
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You are right that biochemistry is more biology than chemistry. You may be able to find a joint honours course in chemistry and biochemistry which will blend the two sides. Alternately some courses in pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences involve more chemistry than most bioscience degrees. You may also want to consider natural sciences courses which allow you to combine chemistry and bioscience options!
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You are right that biochemistry is more biology than chemistry. You may be able to find a joint honours course in chemistry and biochemistry which will blend the two sides. Alternately some courses in pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences involve more chemistry than most bioscience degrees. You may also want to consider natural sciences courses which allow you to combine chemistry and bioscience options!
Thanks so much. I have looked at joint honours courses but it doesn't seem to occur in the top universities like UCL or Imperial.
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Thanks so much. I have looked at joint honours courses but it doesn't seem to occur in the top universities like UCL or Imperial.
Southampton, which has a very strong chemistry department, did have a joint honours in chemistry and biochemistry...up until last year but definitely was proof that it wasn't exclusively single honours courses at "top" unis! That said outside of natural sciences programmes joint honours courses are generally a bit rarer in STEM fields, at all unis, because usually there is more material that needs to be covered to meet accreditation requirements and less flexibility in the core programme to fit in modules from other courses, so they're a bit harder to arrange and timetable.

UCL does have its natural sciences course though. In the chemistry realm it does also have its chemical physics course, which is essentially a joint honours in physics and chemistry, and Imperial has a similar course called chemistry with molecular physics (although with less physics than the UCL one). Obviously these are outside of the area you're interested in but do illustrate that you can find exceptions as well, and illustrates the point that some courses that are essentially joint honours courses may have a separate name that is not just "X and Y"

Something of note is the Oxford biochemistry course does, as I understand, contain considerably more chemistry than most other biochem courses in the UK. Edibnburgh and Nottingham also both have a course in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, which appear more to be courses in chemistry focusing on applications in the bio(medical) sciences, if you were mainly focused on chemistry. Edinburgh probably also gives you flexibility to take some options in biosciences in the first two years due to how degrees there are structured.
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Have a look at subjects like Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, or Neuroscience, or any of those in combination.
Examples -
Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...dneuroscience/,
UEA https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...drug-discovery
York https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergr...cal-medicinal/
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Have a look at subjects like Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, or Neuroscience, or any of those in combination.
Examples -
Keele https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...dneuroscience/,
UEA https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergr...drug-discovery
York https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergr...cal-medicinal/
Thank you
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