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Biochemistry is the study of life at a molecular and chemical level. It involves both chemistry and biology, while its focus is on molecular genetics, protein science, and the science of metabolism. It plays a key role in the life sciences, which have the common goal of understanding and explaining the inner workings of organisms. Biochemistry has a range of practical applications for agriculture, nutrition, and medicine.

Course Details

Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)

Difficulty: Advanced

Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education

Course Description

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of biochemistry and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Bioethics
  • Research Methods
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Genes and Genomics
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Protein Science
  • Science Communication


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • Applied Molecular Biochemistry
  • Damage and Repair in Biological Systems
  • 3D Macromolecules
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Plant Biotechnology and Development
  • Stem Cells, Regeneration, and Ageing
  • Immunity and Infection
  • Parasitology and Vector Biology
  • Cancer
  • Integrative Systems Biology
  • Mechanism of Gene Expression
  • Metabolic and Network Engineering
  • Symbiosis, Plant Immunity, and Disease
  • Biodiversity Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology Applications of Proteins
  • Medical Glycobiology
  • Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Neuroscience

Final Project

The final project in biochemistry consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a report on an experiment conducted by the student, or a dissertation elaborating an original argument about, interpretation of, or perspective on an experiment, method, or theory in biochemistry. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.

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