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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDBiochemistry (Molecular and Cellular) Information Sheet for entry in 2021Biochemistry is the use of molecular methods to investigate, explain and manipulatebiological processes. The study of life at the molecular level continues to undergo dynamicexpansion, leading to ever-increasing insights into topics as various as the origin of life, thenature of disease and the development of individual organisms. Powerful new techniques,such as those of molecular genetics and NMR spectroscopy, enable us to analyse biologicalphenomena in more and more precise molecular terms. These studies have led to valuabledevelopments in drug design and synthesis, forensic science, environmental monitoring anda whole range of other areas. Furthermore, advances in biochemistry are largely responsiblefor the breakdown of traditional disciplinary boundaries between cell biology, medicine,physics and chemistry.The Biochemistry Department in Oxford is one of the largest in Europe, and is subdividedinto the following research areas: Cell Biology; Development and Genetics; Chromosomaland RNA Biology; Infection and Disease Processes; Microbiology and Systems Biology; andStructural Biology and Molecular Biophysics. The department is extremely active inresearch, with about 300 postgraduate students and research staff. The breadth andexcellence of these activities are reflected in the scope of the undergraduate course andunderpin the teaching. The department has superb research and teaching facilities andexcellent digital resources together with access to a wide range of online and print journals.Research placements/international opportunitiesAn important aspect of the Oxford Biochemistry course is its fourth-year project, lasting 23full-time weeks, which provides an opportunity to pursue an in-depth research projectunder the supervision of an academic member of staff. You choose a project, plan yourresearch programme, design your experiments and present your results to otherresearchers in the field. The experience gained is much valued by employers. The projectalso gives you the opportunity to reflect on your aptitude and enthusiasm for a researchcareer.A wide choice of fourth-year research projects is available both within the BiochemistryDepartment and in related departments, such as Molecular Medicine, Clinical Biochemistry,Pathology and Pharmacology. It is also possible to carry out a self-organised project outsidethe University or indeed the UK.A typical week (Years 1-3)During Years 1-3, your weekly timetable will be divided between lectures (typically eight toten a week), tutorials and classes (1 to 3 a week) and practicals (averaging 1 full day a week).The remaining time will be spent on independent study (set reading or problem-solvingexercises). Tutorials are usually 2-4 students and a tutor. Class sizes may vary depending onthe topic but are usually no more than 10-12 students. The ratio of demonstrators tostudents during practical sessions is usually about 1:12.Most tutorials and lectures are delivered by staff who are tutors in their subjects, many ofwhom are world-leading experts with years of experience in teaching and research. Some

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDtutorials and lectures may be delivered by postdoctoral researchers, while tutorials areoccasionally delivered by postgraduate students. Departmental classes and practicals aresupervised by a senior member of staff and largely delivered by postdoctoral researchers orpostgraduate students who are studying at doctoral level.Year 4In your fourth year, you will choose and complete a project, lasting 23 full-time weeks (plus2 for writing up), which will allow you to explore in detail, both laboratory-based researchand specific recent advances in biochemistry. Under the supervision of a research groupleader, you will design your own experiments, learn to plan research programmes andpresent your results and ideas – orally and in written form – to other workers in the field.The research project is written up in a dissertation in a form suitable for publication.Alongside the first 3 weeks of the project there will be some advanced skills training. Apartfrom the project, you will have the task of writing an extended essay in the form of a reviewarticle. You will need to be in Oxford for 12 weeks in the first term, followed by a two-weekbreak over Christmas. You will continue your project over the 8 weeks of the second termand first 3 weeks of the third term, submitting your project dissertation thereafter. You willalso deliver an oral presentation on your project.While the experience gained is much valued by employers, the project will also give you theopportunity to reflect on your aptitude and enthusiasm for a research career. Alongside theresearch project you will write a review article in an area of interest to you, with advicefrom an expert in this area.The final degree class is derived from a combination of marks from courses taken in thesecond and third years, the assessment of the research project and the review article in thefourth year. This additional work in your final year means that you will graduate with anMBiochem – a master's degree – as well as invaluable research experience that will beexcellent preparation for further study or a range of careers. The final degree class isderived from a combination of marks from the assessment on the work done in the second,third and fourth years.To find out more about how our teaching year is structured, visit our Academic Year page.Course structureCOURSESFive courses are taken: Cellular biochemistry Molecular biochemistry Mechanistic biochemistry Physical biochemistry Quantitative biochemistryYEAR 1ASSESSMENTFirst University examinations: five writtenpapers; satisfactory practical record

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDYEAR 2 AND 3COURSESASSESSMENTTeaching is done along five themes:Summative assessments (four, two-hour Tool boxes for biochemistryassessments) Information transfer in biologicalFinal University examinations, Part I: sevensystemswritten papers; satisfactory practical record Molecular processes in the cell Cellular chemistry The cell in time and spaceYEAR 4 (EXTENDED FIRST TERM)COURSESASSESSMENT Research project:Assessment of the research project, alongThis provides the opportunity to be with broader research skills displayed in theembedded in a research group andwritten work - the project dissertation andcarry out an in-depth researchthe review article.project (23 weeks full-time, plus twoweeks for writing). Advanced skillstraining alongside the firstthree weeks of the project. Coursework:Extended essay in the form of areview articleThe University will seek to deliver each course in accordance with the descriptions set outabove. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for theUniversity to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. Forfurther information, please see the University’s Terms and Conditions.Teaching deliveryAt the time of writing course information sheets for 2021/22 entry, the COVID-19 pandemicwas still impacting the University. A range of measures have been put in place to complywith Government legislation and guidance in response to the pandemic, and to help keepstudents, staff and the wider community safe.Inevitably, some changes have been necessary to teaching and student services during thepandemic (for example, a greater amount of online teaching and examinations, andrestrictions on numbers allowed to access facilities at one time).Whatever the circumstances in the 2021/22 academic year, the University will deliver coreservices and learning outcomes for each course, even though the modes of delivery maychange.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDAll course information sheets should be read in the above context, and we will keep offerholders and students regularly informed if circumstances change. Further details areavailable on our website and within the Student Terms and Conditions.FeesThese annual fees are for full-time students who begin this undergraduate course here in2021.Information about how much fees and other costs may increase is set out in the University’sTerms and Conditions.Please note that while the University sets out its annual fees as a single figure, this is acombined figure for both your University and college fees. More information is provided inyour Terms and Conditions.Fee statusAnnual Course feesHome (UK, Republic of Ireland,Channel Islands & Isle of Man) 9,250Overseas (including most EUstudents– see Note below) 37,510Note: Following the UK’s departure from the EU, most EU students starting a course in2021/22 will no longer be eligible to pay fees at the ‘Home’ rate and will instead be chargedthe higher ‘Overseas’ rate. This change will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK orIreland, who will continue to be charged fees at the ‘Home’ rate for the duration of theircourse.The government has issued guidance stating that EU, other EEA, and Swiss nationals whohave been granted settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU settlement schememay be eligible for ‘Home fee’ status and student loan support, subject to meetingresidency requirements. However, until the government formally updates its fee statusregulations the University is unable to confirm fee statuses for students who may qualify onthis basis. We will contact you directly if we need further information from you todetermine your fee status.Please refer to the Undergraduate fee status and the Oxford and the EU pages for moreinformation.Additional Fees and Charges Information for Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)All students are required to wear laboratory coats and safety glasses during practicals.These can be purchased from the department at a subsidised cost of 10.In the final year of the Biochemistry course, students work an extended first term to begintheir research project. You will need to be in Oxford for 12 weeks in the first term, followed

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDby a two-week break over Christmas. This extended term means that you will need tobudget for higher living costs in the final year, as you will be required to be in Oxford forlonger than the standard terms.Living costsYour living costs will vary significantly dependent on your lifestyle. These are estimated tobe between 1,175 and 1,710 per month in 2021-2022. Each year of an undergraduatecourse usually consists of three terms of eight weeks each but you may need to be in Oxfordfor longer. As a guide you may wish to budget over a nine-month period to ensure you alsohave sufficient funds during the holidays to meet essential costs.Living costs breakdownPer monthTotal for 9 monthsLowerrangeUpperrangeLowerrangeUpperrangeFood 280 400 2,520 3,600Accommodation (includingutilities) 655 790 5,895 7,110Personal items 130 250 1,170 2,250Social activities 45 115 405 1,035Study costs 45 100 405 900Other 20 55 180 495Total 1,175 1,710 10,575 15,390In order to provide these likely living costs, the University and the Oxford UniversityStudents’ Union conducted a living costs survey to complement existing studentexpenditure data from a variety of sources including the UK government's Student Incomeand Expenditure Survey and the National Union of Students (NUS). The likely lower andupper ranges above are based on a single student with no dependants living in collegeaccommodation (including utility bills) and are provided for information only.When planning your finances for future years of study at Oxford beyond 2021-22, youshould allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.Document accessibilityIf you require an accessible version of the document please contact UndergraduateAdmissions by email ([email protected] ) or via the online form(http://www.ox.ac.uk/ask).

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS AND OUTREACHUniversity Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JDPlease note, at the time of publishing the CIS, further details regarding the availability andeligibility of financial support for some EU students with settled or pre-settled statusremained outstanding. Confirmation about funding arrangements for the year abroad werealso outstanding. Any updates impacting students will be published on the Oxford and theEU webpage.