We have a thriving Biochemistry group which, at any one time, usually consists of about 16 undergraduates (usually 4 per year group).

St Catherine’s College is one of the closest colleges to the Department of Biochemistry (approx. 10 minutes’ walk).

Professor Penny Handford organises tutorial teaching for the Biochemistry students and teaches on a range of topics during the first three years of the course.  She is supported by a Stipendiary lecturer in Quantitative Biochemistry and a Class A lecturer in Organic Chemistry. Teaching expertise is exchanged between colleges and sourced from within the Department to ensure that students are taught by experts who are actively researching a particular field.

We are particularly proud of the results of Catz biochemists in recent years. Since 2004, all our students have achieved an upper second class degree or above, with 44% of students obtaining a first class degree. Cross talk and feedback is encouraged between year groups, which improves study skills and helps inform tutorial choice.

Approx. 50% of our students usually go on to study for a DPhil/PhD, other typical destinations for our students are clinical biochemistry, biotechnology, accountancy and teaching. These alumni form a supportive invaluable network for Catz biochemists to provide advice and guidance on career choice.

The College Library holds an up-to-date collection of textbooks to support the course. Students are welcome to suggest additions to the collection.

Social events include welcome drinks and a meal, a faculty dinner, and research project presentation evenings by 4th year students.

Biochemistry students at Catz are involved in many different societies and sports clubs, which currently include table football, pool, drama, orchestra, rowing and netball.

Course Duration

4 years

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