You can complete your research in any area of biochemistry covered by one of our 45 research groups. You’ll be based in one particular research lab and will work on the project you and your supervisors have agreed together, working towards the production of a final thesis of no more than 30,000 words (exclusive of appendices, bibliography, diagrams and tables).
Although there aren’t any taught courses as part of the programme, you’ll still have access to a wide range of lectures at undergraduate and master’s level. These can be particularly useful for filling in gaps in your background knowledge if you’ve changed fields.
You’ll begin your course as a probationary research student (PRS) and near the end of the first year you apply to transfer to MSc by Research status - this involves a research report and a statement of future research plans. You’ll also take an independent assessment, with two assessors, and will only be able to continue on the programme if you pass this Transfer of Status exam.
You can also choose to apply to transfer to DPhil status instead of MSc by Research status at the end of your first year. This will involve the same Transfer of Status exam, but will also need to be accompanied by supporting statements from your supervisor(s) and college.
The MSc by Research in Biochemistry is normally a two-year course, although if you have an appropriate background in research you may be able to complete it in one year.
You can find more information about our MSc in Biochemistry on the university’s main graduate site.