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I'm not sure if i would like to do biomedical sciences or biochemisty at university, I really enjoy biology and chemisty. Also looked at the university modules and they seem to be very similar. I have no interest in becoming a doctor. Any advice?
Original post by Taisha.p
I'm not sure if i would like to do biomedical sciences or biochemisty at university, I really enjoy biology and chemisty. Also looked at the university modules and they seem to be very similar. I have no interest in becoming a doctor. Any advice?

Hey @Taisha.p

I’ve just finished my first year of Biochemistry at Lancaster.

I was in a very similar place to you! I enjoyed both chemistry and biology and wanted to continue both, so I chose biochemistry. The differences between biochemistry and biomedical science will vary between universities - at some they will be very similar and at some they will be quite different.

I will say, from what I’ve seen, biomedical science is likely to feature less chemistry and contain modules on human physiology and diagnosis (more “big” human biology), whereas biochemistry often has specific chemistry modules and focuses more on cellular and subcellular biology (more “small” biology). I chose Lancaster because in first year I got to complete chemistry modules alongside the chemists (such as thermodynamics, spectroscopy, kinetics, organic mechanisms etc.) as I noticed a few universities offered more of a “chemistry for biosciences” module, which I knew I didn’t want. :smile:

I’ve linked the pages for biomedical science and biochemistry at Lancaster below as an example!
Biomedical science - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/biomedical-science-bsc-hons-b990/
Biochemistry - https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/biochemistry-bsc-hons-c700/

If you have any questions about biochemistry please let me know!
Rebecca

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