Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)
Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level; it gives us ever increasing insight into topics as varied as the origin of life, the nature of disease and the development of organisms from a single cell to assemblies of specialised cells. As well as answering vital questions, biochemical research has also led to commercially valuable developments in drug design and forensic science.
St Hugh’s enjoys a strong reputation for Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and undergraduate teaching is comprised of both University lectures (around ten per week), college-based tutorials, and practical laboratory or computer-based sessions. The fourth year includes an eighteen-week research project, which enables students to design their own experiments, plan a research programme, and write up their findings in a form suitable for publication.
Up to four students are usually admitted each year, and candidates are expected to have Chemistry to A-level or equivalent, plus another science or Mathematics. Mathematics to A Level of equivalent is recommended to students in completing the course and, although not required for admission, may make an application more competitive.
Biochemists play a growing role in biological, environmental and clinical fields, with areas of employment ranging from healthcare through forensic science to the food and pharmaceutical industries.