Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular
New College usually accepts three or four candidates a year to read the four-year course in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Particular features of the course include: a first year providing the molecular background that is essential for understanding contemporary developments in the subject; a final examination that is taken in two parts, at the end of the third and fourth years; and a fourth year that includes an 18-week research project in one of the many biochemical laboratories in the University.
The course should be particularly attractive to students with an interest in understanding biological phenomena at the cellular and molecular level. A flair for chemistry, as well as in interest in living systems, is essential, and the course as a whole provides a rigorous training in the subject that underpins much of the rapid progress that is now taking place in the life sciences.
Professor Ratcliffe, the College's Tutor in Biochemistry, is a plant biochemist with a strong interest in biophysical techniques. As is usual, tutorials in the second and third years of the course are often arranged with colleagues in the Department of Biochemistry to ensure that appropriate specialist tuition is always available.