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About us

Biochemistry at King’s College London is an active multidisciplinary discipline that studies the molecular basis of life. We seek to understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie living organisms, as well as to provide insight into how disruption of these processes can lead to disease. We study the subject using a variety of approaches including biological chemistry, metabolism, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular genetics, immunology, structural biology and systems biology.

Biochemistry is at the heart of the rapid and exciting advances in biomedical science that have been one of mankind’s major achievements of the past 60 years – from understanding enzyme function to deciphering the structure of DMA to modern stem cell biology and genomics. The Department of Biochemistry at King’s was formed in 1958 and our staff have played an important role in shaping research and teaching in the subject.

We offer undergraduate degree programmes in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics as well as contributing to the Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics BSc programme. A major strength of our degree programmes is that they are research-led. Course content is constantly updated in the light of recent discoveries and informed by the expertise of our staff. As an undergraduate on our programmes, you can expect high quality, up-to-date, structured teaching that will enable you to succeed. Currently, over 70% of our students achieve first or upper second class degrees.

We also offer postgraduate degree programmes in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research and Molecular Biophysics.

The Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Research MSc provides a thorough grounding in biomedical and molecular life sciences research. It is designed to equip students with both theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to work in a scientific research environment.

Our Molecular Biophysics MRes provides a thorough exposure to practical biophysics research in the environment of leading laboratories within a centre which has been at the forefront of biophysics research since its inception 60 years ago.

Staff expertise

Our staff have a considerable range of expertise within the varied disciplines that make up a modern Biochemistry Department.  Our members are experts in fields such as protein structure and function, protein and membrane chemistry, molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, neurodegenerative disease, developmental biology, biophysics, metabolism, bioinformatics and microbiology to name just a few.

All our staff have completed many years of training and the recent Research Assessment Exercise judged over 60% of our staff as 4* or 3*, ie world leading or internationally excellent and over 90% of staff have an international recognition.

Our staff are involved at all levels of our teaching from the first year of undergraduate study through to postgraduate level.  All staff also invite undergraduate students to join their laboratories to complete a research project in their final year.

All staff also invite students to join their laboratories to complete a research project in their final year. Our staff use a wide variety of teaching strategies to communicate their knowledge to our students. This varies from small tutorial groups to interactive workshops, lectures, hands-on laboratory practicals, coaching on presentation skills and elearning methods. The success of our teaching is constantly assessed and reviewed and new approaches applied when necessary.

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