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Department of Biochemistry


MedST/VetST Part IA Molecules in Medical Science (MIMS)

The MIMS course sets the core agenda of biochemistry and genetics for medical students, focussing on diseases which will be familiar by name and of high perceived relevance - diabetes and cancer.

Biochemistry is the lead department, and also provides course organization and facilities for the conduct and discussion of experimental work and for problem-based learning exercises conducted in small groups. Lecturers are drawn from several departments besides Biochemistry, including Clinical Biochemistry, Genetics, Medical Genetics, Pathology and Pharmacology.

This interdepartmental course is the key enabling course for cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, introducing basic concepts and experimental approaches and technologies. Animals, plants and microbes all feature in this course. The Biochemistry Department contributes 25% of this inter-departmental enabling course in Cell Biology. Those wishing to study biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology  and any aspect of cell biology in later years should take this course.

NST Part IA Evolution and Behaviour

The Biochemistry Department contributes lectures on Early Events in Evolution to this interdepartmental course.

NST Part IA Mathematical Biology

The Biochemistry Department currently contributes lectures and classes to this first year Mathematics course