How much chemistry do I need in a biochemistry personal statement?Watch
Should I talk about chemistry-related topics explicitly in my personal statement? Right now I have a lot of things which are biochemistry-related (e.g. The Selfish Gene) but I haven't mentioned anything chemistry-related. I'm hoping to go to Oxford.
Discussing relevant aspects of molecular/cell/developmental biology etc, that interest you should be sufficient, and you don't need to write about "pure" chemistry unless you want to. That said in general STEM degrees aren't hugely focused on the personal statement usually, and they may well anticipate some of the applicants to a course in biochemistry may also be applying to joint honours courses in chemistry and biology/biochemistry/etc or natural sciences courses with such combinations, and probably will be used to seeing applicants discuss more chemistry in their PS's than might be strictly relevant.