Every year we welcome 20 new direct entry students on to our world-class graduate programmes, with further student places offered via the University’s various DPhil programmes.
To study with us as a graduate you'll need to be able to demonstrate your academic excellence - usually by having or being predicted to get a first class undergraduate degree or a strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or the international equivalent) in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biophysics, physics, maths, or computation.
We also take into account any other qualifications, publications, or laboratory experience you might have when we look at your application - and of course how you come across in your interview will be a key factor in whether or not you’ll be offered a place with us.
You also need to demonstrate an acceptable level of English, so if it isn’t your first language then you’ll have to make sure you can meet the University’s English language requirements.
A full list of our entry requirements for the MSc in biochemistry can be found here.
A full list of our entry requirements for the DPhil in biochemistry be found here.
If you’re invited to interview, either in person or over a video call, you’ll be assessed by at least two different interviewers. They’ll ask you to talk about any research projects that you’ve undertaken and about your general study and research training to date, as well as asking you questions about your proposed area of study and your motivation for undertaking a graduate course with our department.
How to apply
Before you apply, please take a look at our list of research group leaders, so you can identify the areas of research that interest you and make contact with the potential supervisor(s) to discuss the possibility of joining the research group, as well as research projects you could undertake. You’ll need to name up to three potential supervisors in your application.
The University of Oxford works on a collegiate system, so you have to specify a college on your application form or else say that you have no college preference. The colleges provide academic support through advisors, seminar programmes, career development opportunities and scholarships, as well as offering another academic community alongside our department for you to develop friendships and enjoy broader intellectual and leisure activities. Your colleges might also provide accommodation, usually for at least part of your programme of study, as well as sports facilities, clubs/societies, and meals. The list of colleges that accepts students on the MSc in biochemistry can be found here and for the DPhil in Biochemistry programme here.
When you do apply, the documents you should send with your application include: