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Department of Biochemistry


Study Skills

The University has many helpful resources to support the transition to University, which can be found in the Skills Portal

The transition from secondary education to higher education has to be anticipated and worked at. You, the student, have responsibility for your learning and work patterns outside the set timetables. Your college supervisors will provide guidance and encouragement, but only you can actually do the work needed to attain the necessary knowledge and understanding of your subjects. Your supervisors will set you some tasks, but don’t regard the week’s work as over once you have completed them. It’s not a good idea to do the minimum during term in the hope of catching up in the vacations: that simply doesn’t work. It’s important to keep up with the courses as they develop, and continually to review how new material relates to topics already covered – biomedical sciences are highly integrated. Do refer to the course Moodle site for more detailed information.

The medical and veterinary courses cover a year, and are not modular: there is a University examination at the end of this year, which will require you to write essays as well as to answer multiple choice questions and to analyse and interpret data. Copies of the MIMS examination papers from the last three years are included on the MIMS Moodle site.


Assessment is by examination at the end of each year. There are multiple choice questions, data analysis questions and essays.

  • Detailed examination information is provided on the MedST and VetST pages.
  • The formal structure of the examination is described in a form and conduct notice
  • Exams will be carried out using Inspera Assessment – more information is available on the Inspera Moodle site.
  • Some advice about the examinations is available in the course handbook, which can be found on Moodle.  
  • Past examination papers are available on Moodle.
  • Advice on examination skills has been published by the Faculty of Biology.

Reading for Part IA Molecules in Medical Science

  • Most of the books for MIMS should be available in your College library, but to give as many students as possible an opportunity to use them on a regular basis, the Department of Biochemistry also keeps copies of them in the Part I book collection of the Colman library (in the Biochemistry building on the Downing Site).
  • Selected books may be borrowed overnight from this library collection; others may be consulted during the hours that the Biochemistry Department is open (08:30-17:00, Monday – Thursday, 08:30–16:00 Friday).
  • There is limited seating in the library for Part I students and we have to give priority to Biochemistry students on the Part II and Part III courses. The Genetics Department Library also has reserved copies available for consultation but not for loan.

More detailed information about the Reading list can be found by clicking on the image to the right.


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