All Master's students are responsible for composing a 3-4 page report, not to exceed 8,000 characters, that includes the following:
- Introduction of the Master's thesis project, emphasizing the key hypothesis to be tested
- Description of relevant background literature. This part should constitute one-third to one-half of the report (about 1.5 pages)
- Description and evaluation of procedures being used in the studies
- Presentation of any relevant results (where possible)
- Research direction
The First Year Meeting should be held, at the latest, within one month of completing the third term. To provide the advisory committee sufficient time to review the report, the student should submit the report to committee members at least one week before the scheduled meeting. The student is responsible for setting up the committee meeting.
The report will be evaluated only by the student's advisory committee. No formal grade will be assigned to the report. The student will be expected to answer questions relevant to the report. A short summary of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal will be provided to the student by each committee member. These summaries and a copy of the report will be kept in the student's file. If the advisory committee believes the report to be unacceptable, then the student will be clearly informed that significant improvement would be necessary for the qualifying exam and the principal supervisor should guide the student in upgrading the report to an acceptable level.
This written report is not meant to replace the qualifying exam, but to aid the student in his/her preparation. The scope of the report is significantly less than the qualifying exam, but after appropriate updating and revising, much of the report could be included as part of the qualifying exam.
The above information is also included in the Graduate Student Handbook.
For detailed information on our graduate program please consult the Department of Biochemistry's Graduate Student Handbook. This handbook contains the following information:
- The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Requirements (roles and responsibilities of the program, supervisor, advisory committee, and student)
- Qualifying Exams
- Course Information
- Thesis Information
- First Year Reports
The Handbook also contains other contact information and useful links. If you have any questions regarding any Department/Faculty requirements, please contact Barb Green.
Guidelines for the preparation and examination of MSc and PhD theses are provided by the The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
For the most up-to-date information, please visit Required Training at Human Resources.
Students in the PhD program must complete a total of 1.5 credits consisting of 0.25 seminar course + 5 other 0.25 credit courses. Courses should normally be from the 9000 level. If a student has transferred from the MSc program they may include the courses taken while in the MSc.
Students in the MSc program must complete a total of 1.0 credit consisting of 0.25 seminar course + 3 other 0.25 credit courses. Courses should normally be from the 9000 level, offered by the Biochemistry Department. With the agreement of the student's advisor/advisory committee and the Graduate Chair, one suitable course from another department may be used. Requests for a substituted course should be made in writing (email) to the Graduate Administrator.
For continuing students, 0.5 credit courses taken previously will be counted towards their degree.
Graduate Students, with the permission of their Advisor/Advisory Committee, and if no suitable graduate course is offered, may take 1 undergraduate course as part of the program requirements, as long as it has not been taken during their undergraduate program. To add these courses students must follow the Undergraduate Add/Drop session dates.
4400A: Membrane Biochemistry - Dr. E. Ball
4410A: Molecular Biology of DNA and RNA - Dr. D. Haniford
4420B: Molecular Biology of Proteins - Dr. B. Shilton
4430B: Molecular Biology of Signal Transduction - Dr. D. Litchfield
4435B: Field Guide to the Human Genome - Dr. P. Rogan
4445F: Macromolecular Informatics - Dr. G. Gloor
4450A: Molecular Genetics of Human Cancer - Dr. D. Rodenhiser
4463G: Biochemistry of Genetic Diseases - Dr. T. Rupar
4465A: Instrumentation for Proteomics and Related Analyses - Dr. K. Yeung
For more information on each of these courses, visit Undergraduate Course Information.