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Future Students

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The Department of Biochemistry offers research-intensive PhD and MSc degrees and a non-thesis course-based MSc degree.


Research-based Degrees

The primary research-based degree is the Direct Entry PhD degree. This program offers students the most comprehensive research program under the direction of a faculty member. Students are required to complete an independent, comprehensive research project and defend their work in a thesis. The program also provides students with valuable teaching opportunities.

Students may wish to register in a research-based MSc program. This program also provides students with the opportunity to transfer into the PhD program before completion of their 5th term (20 months).

We also offer an Accelerated MSc Program to qualified Western students.

All programs have some course requirements and include participation in a vibrant seminar series featuring local, national and international research leaders.

Non-thesis MSc Degree

This is a one-year, course-based MSc degree. After completion of the degree, students have the option of applying to the PhD program. The non-thesis program is designed to challenge students to maximize their transferable skills in both independent and team-based projects within the Biochemistry discipline. The program start date is 1 Sept of each year. Visit the Non-thesis MSc page for information about admissions to the program.