For Undergraduate Applicants Section
Course: "Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)"
What is Biochemistry?
Modern biochemistry grew out of the application of chemical techniques to biological problems. In many ways it combines biology and chemistry, but the subject now covers such a wide range that it is difficult to draw a neat border around biochemistry, which provides the foundations of pathology, pharmacology, physiology, genetics, zoology, botany, and even surgery and anatomy. The essential feature is that biochemistry uses molecular methods to explain biological processes, while other biological scientists study the integrated function of organs, organisms, and the complexes of organisms represented by ecosystems.
The biochemistry course at Oxford is a four-year integrated Masters course, leading to the degree of M.Biochem. (with honours). It is certified to provide Bologna compliant level 7 qualifications.
The course concentrates on molecular aspects of biological functions in the plant, animal and microbial kingdoms. It is very broad in scope, ranging from the structures of biological molecules and how they are determined, through genetics and molecular biology and their applications, to cell differentiation and immunology. This breadth reflects the wide range of research that is carried out within the Department and University. Students are introduced to modern techniques and their application to specific areas. A sound understanding of principles with a broad survey of applications provides an excellent basis for a career in any area of biology.
Students studying at other Universities can spend up to a year studying biochemistry in Oxford, either as a visiting student or under student exchange arrangements between Oxford and other Universities.
Visiting students can come to Oxford for one to three terms and usually follow either the first year or second year undergraduate course. This does not lead to an Oxford qualification but it may be possible to earn credits which can be transferred back to their home institution. Students can either apply directly through the University or through a number of schemes involving specific Colleges.
The Department also has a number of student exchange arrangements with other Universities, notably as part of the ERASMUS scheme and with Princeton, under which a student can come to Oxford to do a research project while an Oxford student does their research project abroad in exchange. Application for this must be made through the student exchange coordinator in your local University.