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

NOTE: The Biochemistry Non-thesis MSc program is currently undergoing restructuring. We are not accepting applications at this time. Candidates interested in non-thesis studies can apply to the Western MSc program in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS).

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. 

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Own Your Future

If you’re a doctoral student, optimize your doctoral degree by taking advantage of Own Your Future (OYF). These workshops support you in your doctoral studies and enable you to be career-ready.

Own Your Future is:

  • Self-directed – you participate as much or as little as you want
  • Supported by a confidential Power Skills Assessment
  • Designed to be relaxing and meaningful
  • Developed and delivered by experts