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The Department's buildings are currently open for wet laboratory work only. We have carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and have introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff, including reduced building occupancy, strict social distancing, 'family'-based working, and increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. All staff who can work remotely will do so for the foreseeable future. Please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Biochemistry



The Department of Biochemistry has a range of Masters and PhD programmes and has a large and lively international student community. On these pages you can read more about what we have to offer. Some key benefits of studying in our Department are that we:

  • are one of the largest departments in Cambridge, covering a broad range of research areas
  • offer full-time and part-time routes to Masters and PhD qualifications
  • participate in several four-year PhD programmes
  • offer in-house research skills training and a broad range of IT, bioinformatics, personal development and other training opportunities through the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and University
  • house a wide range of skilled staff, facilities and equipment to support students' research
  • have strong ties with renowned Wellcome Trust, MRC and other local institutes
  • have a city-centre location, close to many other University departments, famous Colleges, city amenities and transport links
  • provide students with a chance to take part in laboratory and small-group teaching
  • give all students opportunities for a broad and varied social life through College membership

Dr Juan Mata is the acting Deputy Head of Department with responsibility for postgraduate education.

'Experience Postgrad Life Sciences' internship programme at the University of Cambridge

Experience Postgrad Life Sciences

Enhancing diversity among life scientists of the future.