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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

  • Current Cambridge undergraduates who want to undertake one of our Part III courses should follow the advice found via our Teaching pages under Fourth year courses as these are treated as undergraduate courses.
  • Students who want to apply for any other type of postgraduate programme will need to apply formally using the Applicant Portal, found via the University postgraduate applications link. Students who have already completed, or are studying for, a Cambridge postgraduate degree should follow the advice given, via the same link, for continuaton or readmission. The following advice applies depending on the type of programme you wish to follow:
  • For our MPhil in Biological Science (Biochemistry), our three-year PhD programme or the four-year programme with AstraZeneca you first need to identify your desired research area(s) and potential principal investigators, found via our Research pages.

Specific projects are described in FindaPhD.

After you have identified one or more labs in which you might be able to study, you need to make informal contact with the principal investigator(s) to ensure they are potentially able to supervise you, and to understand the research project you would undertake. You will then be able to apply via the Applicant Portal. See the University postgraduate applications link.

To find PIs' email addresses please use the Email address search.

If PIs have not published their address or you receive no reply then please forward your enquiry to our postgraduate admissions secretary via "".

  • If you are applying for a specific studentship or research assistant position where the principal investigator is already defined, follow any instructions given in the advertisement.
  • In other cases, where you do not apply to work with one specific principal investigator, check the programme web site for the relevant masters or PhD programme for any special instructions. This will be the case for four-year PhD programmes (eg Biosciences, Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Biology), and for the MPhil in Computational Biology (or most other taught masters courses in the University). You will need to explain why you want to undertake the programme but do not need to name a principal investigator, so leave the relevant box empty.

Please make sure to look at the information on deadlines so your application arrives on time. The deadlines for funding may be sooner than the deadline for particular programmes.

After you submit your application via the Applicant Portal (a fee is required) you will be told what to do next. Please note that it is the University, not the Department, that makes conditional or firm offers of places to students. The Department cannot issue intending students with letters of acceptance. We also cannot waive the English or other requirements set by the University though our staff will help and advise you with your application process should the need arise.

Good luck!