Department of Biochemistry University of Oxford Department of Biochemistry
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QU

Tel: +44 (0)1865 613200
Fax: +44 (0)1865 613201
First year Biochemistry students at a practical class
Image showing the global movement of lipids in a model planar membrane
Matthieu Chavent, Sansom lab
Anaphase bridges in fission yeast cells
Whitby lab
Lactose permease represented using bending cylinders in Bendix software
Caroline Dahl, Sansom lab
Epithelial cells in C. elegans showing a seam cell that failed to undergo cytokinesis
Serena Ding, Woollard lab
Collage of Drosophila third instar larva optic lobe
Lu Yang, Davis lab
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Admissions Criteria

Items assessed pre-interview

  • GCSE grades (or equivalent)
  • AS grades/marks if available
  • Predicted A level grades/ International Bacc. Scores (or equivalent)
  • Contextual data (where available) on factors that might affect academic performance
  • Referees’ reports
  • Evidence from personal statement of interest in and academic potential for Biochemistry

    All candidates are assessed by a central panel and ranked on these items prior to shortlisting.

Items assessed at interview

  • Interest in/enthusiasm for biochemistry
  • Ability to describe/discuss a topic of mutual interest
  • Ability to describe/analyse novel information
  • Ability to extrapolate from novel information
  • Reasoning and problem solving ability

    All candidates can expect to be interviewed by representatives of two different Colleges.

Criteria for not inviting candidates for interview

The Department aims to shortlist for interview at least three applicants per place. In the past few years, this has meant that a majority (but not a large majority) of candidates have been shortlisted.

An applicant may not be shortlisted if either their application is judged to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Their application gives good cause to doubt that they will meet the typical offer (A*AA at A2 level or the equivalent);
  • Their personal statement indicates that biochemistry is not their preferred course of study;

or their application is judged to meet more than one of the following criteria:

  • Uncompetitive results in official examinations, especially GCSE or its equivalent;
  • Uncompetitive results predicted, or already obtained, in A2 level or equivalent examinations;
  • An uncompetitive UCAS referee’s statement.






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