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Lilya Tata

Hi! I’m Lil, I’m from Brighton and I’m just about to finish my first year of Biochemistry at Corpus Christi.

I decided to apply for Biochemistry because I loved the way that it used concepts I learnt in chemistry to explain biology. The Biochemistry course, particularly in first year, is about learning tools to help tackle the ‘biological question’, whether it be with chemistry, biology or physics. The degree is designed to teach us to think and confront problems ‘like a scientist’- something everyone picks up eventually! This year, I’ve had modules in biological chemistry, biophysical chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular cell biology and maths/stats. What I love about the course is that it is really broad to begin with, and then the further 3 years are more specialised. It’s worth noting that Biochemistry is an integrated masters, meaning we undertake a research project in our 4th year on any area of interest within the degree.

Biochemistry is a course with a lot of contact hours, but this means that help is always available! A typical week consists of 1 tutorial, 2 classes, 2/3 lectures a day and a lab session on Friday. Although the course has a lot of contact hours, this does not mean you have to sacrifice other extracurricular activities. I’m an active member of the JCR, am involved in various college clubs and societies and I still manage to go out regularly.

Corpus has a reputation for being ‘small and friendly’- both of which I can testify to. With about 70 in each undergrad year, there’s always a familiar face around college. The year tends to bond very quickly and the older students are always lovely and approachable. The JCR (all the undergraduates at Corpus) is a vibrant and welcoming community, with its members being involved in everything from theatre, to publishing, to LGBTQ+ society.

The interview process can seem daunting, but don’t let it worry you - it’s just another step in the application process. The tutors aren’t there to test you; they want to see what it’s like to work with and teach you.

If you want to know anything about Biochem, Corpus or Oxford, hit me up with an email xox


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