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Biochemistry Personal Statements

Your personal statement should explain what appeals to you about biochemistry, and why you want to study it at university for a career as a pharmacologist, medicinal chemist, forensic scientist or one of many more other options.

Tell the admissions why you are a great biochemistry candidate and what skills and experience you can bring to their department.

Our personal statement examples will inspire you to write your own, and help you understand how other biochemistry students have successfully gained a place on a course in the past.

The need to survive is a remarkable thing, for it has allowed evolution to equip organisms with a range of extraordinary capabilities in order to stay alive. Since reading 'Why Geese Don't Get Obese' by Widmaier, my interests have developed in the molecular adaptations of animals; for example, the antifreeze protein that prevents the blood of Antarctic Notothenioid fishes from turning into ice...
I have chosen to study biochemistry or pharmacy at university because I have enjoyed studying biology and chemistry at college at A-level, and I am keen to proceed with them to a more advanced level. I think doing either of these is the most suitable option...
My fascination with Science developed at a young age owing to the fact that both my parents and brother are employed in the medical industry Both my parents are registered nurses and my brother, a biomedical scientist...
The courses I am applying for are: Biochemistry/Sandwich Medical Biochemistry Physiology and Biochemistry Forensic Science The reasons for these choices are that I am studying both biology and chemistry at A Level and enjoy these two subjects the most and would like to combine them at higher education...
Studying life processes in molecular terms deeply appeals to me. I was fascinated by the importance of simple molecules, such as water molecule; playing its role as a biological solvent, reactant molecule and temperature regulator...
My curiosity for Biochemistry started when my sister first developed the symptoms of sickle cell anaemia. She had to have immediate treatment in the form of drugs such as morphine and codeine, as she was in great pain...
My curiosity grew when I saw my sister suffering from sickle cell crisis. If immediate help was not give, she would not have been able to survive, with the main help she needed was drugs. Hours later, she seems perfectly normal and that is when I asked myself, "how?" This is one of the many reasons why I want to pursue a degree in biochemistry; to study chemical processes in the body...
I wish to read biochemistry at university because I want to discover the answers to the most profound and fascinating questions about the very essence of life. Some questions are so important but, paradoxically, can be overlooked by many people, for example, why are men naturally more predisposed to genetic conditions than women? My deepening intrest in my A level subjects (and my frustration at the narrowness of the specifications) confirmed my belief that biochemistry is the subject I have to carry forward...
Since the University of Hong Kong is the oldest university in Hong Kong, HKU provides a comprehensive, research-intensive education. Internationally renowned teachers, first- rate libraries, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are attracted me...
For the longest time I have been deeply interested in the mechanics of all things. Even when I was younger, I would often take apart my toys in an attempt to understand their inner workings, before attempting to put them back together...

The study of biological processes at a molecular level, as well as how this affects the larger components of a living organism - cells and organs - deeply interests me. The potential for new discoveries of ways to win at the evolutionary arms race human beings have against viruses, parasites and cancers is something which truly excites me...

Do blood groups have any impact on immunity to disease? Is it possible to develop a vaccine for malaria? These are the questions I love to ask, and I turn to science to try and discover their answers...

Biochemistry has the power to unlock key mysteries of the physical world with the potential to improve the quality of life, offering to explore the inter-relationship between Chemistry and Biology which I noticed in my first term of biology: as water was said to be a polar compound, I was able to prove this with my knowledge of Chemistry because the difference in electronegativity between the hydrogen and oxygen, causes polarity...
The intricate processes of life are all governed by chemical reactions. Breaking bonds, forming bonds and electrons moving from one entity to another are concepts that have always fascinated me. However, the application of such reactions in living organisms is what has led me towards Biochemistry...
A few years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with a cancerous growth in her right breast. After a few sessions of chemotherapy and a surgical procedure, the lump was removed from her body. The moment left me bereft, and my emotional attachment to her made me curious to learn in depth about the mechanisms involved in the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells...
The 21st century's radical ideas are a product of science and science fiction. At a time when we are editing the human genome, procreating in test tubes and trying to cure ageing, my interest in biology piqued when studying the immune system at A-level...