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 the discipline. Biochemistry, provides the foundations of Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Genetics, Zoology, Botany, and even Surgery and Anatomy. The Oxford 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.
Studying at Oxford gives you the chance to be part of a large multidisciplinary department, which is internationally renowned for its research on a wide range of questions on the fundamental basis of all cellular life from man to microbe. As a student here, alongside department-based lectures and college-based tutorials, you will gain substantial laboratory experience both through regular practicals and a fourth year research project.
In becoming a Biochemistry student at Univ, you join a small group of very well-supported students. Our highly experienced tutors are research-active, and in tutorials and classes they enjoy encouraging stimulating discussion and an exploration of their students’ own interests. Univ supports all of its students whose courses place a heavy emphasis on Maths, including Biochemistry, with an introductory Maths Week at the start of their first year. This is to ensure you are as prepared as possible to be successful in your studies.
There is a wealth of information about the Biochemistry course structure, possible option choices, and admissions criteria on the University of Oxford’s main website, available at ox.ac.uk
Any undergraduate degree at Oxford provides you with a wide variety of transferable skills and therefore Univ’s students progress to a diverse range of careers. For some, their undergraduate degree leads to academic research, industrial research or teaching. For many, their future career, for instance in business, government or the charitable sector, is defined less by the subject they studied and more by the skills they acquired. Oxford’s Careers Service provides destination statistics for graduates.
If you are considering applying for Biochemistry, a number of resources you might find useful to explore beyond the school curriculum can be found on Univ’s Staircase12 pages, including the Reading Bank and Resource Hub.
Note About Tutor Changes
Univ is proud of our diverse and engaged team of academic staff. Please note, however, any individual tutor may move on and that in any given year a number of our tutors may be on research leave. We cannot therefore guarantee that you would be taught by the tutors listed on this website should you come here to study. The College will ensure that fully qualified staff are available to cover research leave. A number of Univ’s academic staff are primarily involved in research and, therefore, some of the academic staff listed on our website may not deliver undergraduate teaching.