The fourth year is your opportunity to specialise in the area that interests you most. The first term and most of the second term are dedicated to a 20-week research project where you’ll get to design your own experiments, learn to plan research programmes, and present your results and ideas to other researchers in the field - experience that’s hugely valuable both to a potential employer and for your own reflection on what kind of future career or research you might be interested in.
You’ll do this project alongside an existing research group working in your chosen subject area. The group could be within our own department, or you could choose to work with another department carrying out biochemically related research (such as Chemistry, Pathology, or Clinical Biochemistry). It’s also possible to apply to do your project in one of several universities in Europe under the ERASMUS exchange scheme, or at Princeton in the US.
At the end of the research project you’ll write a short thesis and give a 10-minute presentation. These are both examined and make up almost 25% of your final degree.
Then in your final term you’ll study two options from a list of advanced topics. This list is frequently updated, but currently includes Molecular Immunology, Plant Molecular Biology, Neuropharmacology, Membrane Transport, Glycobiology, Human Disease, Bionanotechnology, Systems Biology and Signalling to the Nucleus. You’ll sit one paper for each of your chosen topics, the results of which also count towards your final degree result.
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