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Department of Biochemistry


In the third year, Part II Biochemistry and Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences with Biochemistry as a major subject are offered to NST and MVST students.

Students can take Biochemistry in Part II either as

Single subject Part II Biochemistry

This course builds on Part IB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, but can also be taken if students have studied Part 1B Cell and Developmental Biology.

A fundamental aim of the Part II course in Biochemistry is to inform, to stimulate, to place new findings into the context of molecular and cell biology, and to emphasise how new information is obtained and what limitations there are on this process. Because Biochemistry is developing very rapidly, even the best textbooks in this subject are inevitably out of date and the course is intended to encourage reading of original research papers and reviews. We hope to provide familiarity with biochemical ideas and methods, and to induce a critical attitude to the interpretation of experimental results and to their relationship with the theoretical background. Project work is therefore an important aspect of the course.

By the time you graduate, you should be equipped to assess new discoveries in Biochemistry and related areas as they arise, and be in a position to adapt as the subject develops in the future.

Major subject in Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)

NST Part II BBS is managed by the Biological Sciences Committee for the Faculty Board of Biology. Students can choose Biochemistry as a major subject within this course. We welcome those who wish to pursue biochemistry but in the broader context of BBS and without a practical project or assessed essay.

For those taking Biochemistry as a major subject all guidelines for the lectures are the same as those for Part II Biochemistry.  For full details of the structure of the BBS course and for minor subjects and the dissertation please consult the BBS website.