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Lincoln College

Biochemistry (Molecular & Cellular)

Fourth year student analysing fluorescent bacteria using a microscope.

Why study Biochemistry?

Biochemistry is the study of the molecules of life, e.g. DNA and proteins. The subject examines what they look like, where they belong, how they interact with each other, and provides the foundation for most of the biological and medical sciences. It encompasses the new developments in genetic engineering, genomics and biophysics, and now the new fields of epigenetics, systems and synthetic biology. Biochemistry students are part of the larger community of life science-related subjects at Lincoln, which includes Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. We admit two to three Biochemists each year. The college has strong connections to the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology.

The course

The first year provides lectures in several areas of science which are essential for the understanding of Biochemistry in general including Organic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Maths and Stats, Biological Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Laboratories and practical classes are also run by the Department of Biochemistry.

The first year students are taught by the Biochemistry tutor Dr. Vakonakis, and by Drs. Roberts and Kiappes. In the second and third year Lincoln biochemistry undergraduates can expect to be taught by a range of different members of the university, with each giving tutorials in their own special area of research interest.

In the fourth year, students carry out a 20 week research project based either at the Biochemistry Department or with related departments across the university medical and life sciences, providing a wide range of projects to choose from. 


We require a good background in chemistry. Maths and biology are both useful. However, neither is obligatory, as the first year course is designed to let students catch up in these areas. We will also consider seriously applications from students with a mixed science/arts background.

For further information about the course see the departmental website or read a student's testimonial.


"Biochemistry allows us to delve to the molecular level to reveal details about how the organisms that surround us work. I find the subject particularly interesting because we can use these molecular details to explain so many things, and I am specifically interested in the links we are able to draw to disease and the clinic. It's a subject that is at the very forefront of scientific discovery, making it exciting to study because we often see changes in opinions and new pieces of the puzzle coming together throughout the course. The small size of the Lincoln biochemistry department makes it a tight-knit community that is enthusiastic, supportive and a great environment to learn in!"

- Rachel Cartwright (4th year)