Oxford Biochemistry Research Papers

About the Journal

The Journal of Biochemistry founded in 1922 publishes the results of original research in the fields of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell, and Biotechnology written in English in the form of Regular Papers or Rapid Communications. A Rapid Communication is not a preliminary note, but it is, though brief, a complete and final publication. The materials described in Rapid Communications should not be included in a later paper. The Journal also publishes short reviews (JB Review) and papers solicited by the Editorial Board.

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Year Impact Factor Si: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
2016 2.082 203 out of 286
2015 2.397 171 out of 289
2014 2.582 154 out of 289
2013 3.073 126 out of 291
2012 2.719 154 out of 290
2011 2.371 180 out of 289
2010 2.145 183 out of 286
2009 1.945 191 out of 283
2008 1.878 184 out of 276
2007 2.020 167 out of 263

Data source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)


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Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biophysics, physics, mathematics or computation.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.

However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.7, a first-class degree or the equivalent. 

A previous master's degree isnot required in order to be considered for the programme.

No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

Performance at interview(s)

Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process.  

Applications are reviewed by a panel of academics associated with the course. A short-list of applicants is confirmed, based on assessment of achieved or predicted undergraduate degree grade, academic references, personal statement and CV.

Interviews are in person or by video link/Skype, take approximately 30 minutes, and are conducted by a panel of two or more interviewers. Applicants are asked to talk about any research project(s) that they may have pursued and questioned on aspects of their research training to date, understanding of the proposed area of study and motivation for undertaking a research degree. 


Whilst not required, publications demonstrating previous research success in a relevant field is likely to advantage your application.

Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience

Research or working experience in an area related to your proposed MSc by Research project would be an advantage.

The following factors will govern whether candidates can be offered places:

  • The ability of the Department of Biochemistry to provide the appropriate supervision, research opportunities, teaching and facilities for your chosen area of work. 
  • Minimum and maximum limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted to Oxford's research and taught programmes.

The provision of supervision, where required, is subject to the following points:

  • The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department of Biochemistry and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. 
  • Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Department of Biochemistry.

It would be expected that you would be familiar with the recent published work of your proposed supervisor.

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