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Reena Virdee Fourth year


Brasenose College


I chose the course because I enjoyed both Biology and Chemistry at A-level but looking at the mo- lecular basis of biological


processes is what really interested me and the Biochemistry course seemed to fit that perfectly.


The course is great if you want a broad understanding of Biochemistry. You cover a huge range of topics in your first three years, which are taught by some of the best scientists in the world. This gives you a good basis on which to decide what you’re really interested in and what you want to pursue for Part II.


When it comes to deciding what to do after you graduate you’ll obviously be well placed


In first year, you have labs every Friday afternoon; in the second and third years, you have only a few days of labs per term but they are much more in depth. And in fourth year, you do your Part II project for a couple of months, which really allows you to see if you are cut out for being a proper scientist!


You get to choose what area you would like to work in so most people tend to prefer this part of the course to the previ- ous years were you have no choice in what you study. Some of the work is chal- lenging and can be overwhelming when you have to revise it all but you should remember that everyone struggles with something!


Good luck with the application process!


to do a PhD but if that’s not for you then you’ll be well equipped with a whole host of transferable skills that you can use in a number of different industries.


My top tip is to make sure you manage your time properly. It can be hectic and chal- lenging trying to juggle lectures, labs and tutorials but if you make sure you’re organ- ised, you will have plenty of time to enjoy university life outside of the work.


During my time in Oxford I’ve been presi- dent of the University’s women in busi- ness society, been marketing manager of a theatre production company, been part of the Brasenose admissions team and I’ve also done some tutoring - there are so many societies and teams, you’ll have no problem finding something to get involved in.


The First Year Lectures


c. nine per week Practicals


Between seven and eight hours per week


Tutorials


Normally one per week Exams


Five written papers taken at the end of the year


Courses


Molecular Cell Biology Biological Chemistry Biophysical Chemistry Organic Chemistry


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