Medical Biochemistry is the study of biochemical exchanges that occur within the human body in relation with their application in the field of medicine. Millions of complex chemical reactions are going on in the human body at any given time, ranging from the balance of the endocrine system to the storage of human memory. By studying and understanding these highly complex reactions, medical biochemists need to understand the biochemical basis of disease and therefore find ways for their effective diagnosis and hence improving the fight against infection and disease on the molecular level. This rapidly expanding science including recent advances in human genome project have become, and will remain in the foreseeable future, one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against human disease. Progress in the fields of molecular biology, endocrinology, and cellular biology has been rapid in recent years. Since all of these scientific fields tie in closely with Medical Biochemistry, it has made keeping up with the latest advancements in the field extremely challenging. Medical biochemists have to study often to stay on the cutting edge of this ever-expanding branch of science.
Without this field of science, much of modern medicine would not be practiced as it is known today.
In the past decade the employment prospects for graduates in biochemistry have grown dramatically and perhaps the single biggest field is in the application of biochemistry to medicine, with the pharmaceutical industry, clinical laboratories and biomedical research institutions being among the leading employers. This programme, is ideal for anyone interested in a career in Medical Biochemistry.