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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 molecular biology and now the new fields of systems and synthetic biology.  We admit two students each year.

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. Labs and practical classes are also run by the Department.

The first year students are taught by the Biochemistry tutor Dr. Vakonakis and by colleagues from Organic Chemistry. 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. There is also the opportunity to carry out a project in selected European universities, under the ERASMUS exchange scheme and an exchange link with Princeton University, in the USA, is also established.


We require a good background in chemistry. Biology and maths 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 department website: or read a  student's testimonial.