Biochemistry, M.Sc.

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    7971 CAD/year
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    1164 CAD/year
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It emerged as a distinct discipline around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists combined chemistry, physiology and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems.


Biochemistry is both a life science and a chemical science - it explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes occurring in living cells. It uses the methods of chemistry, physics, molecular biology and immunology to study the structure and behaviour of the complex molecules found in biological material and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues and whole organisms.

Biochemistry graduates are interested, for example, in mechanisms of brain function, cellular multiplication and differentiation, communication within and between cells and organs, and the chemical bases of inheritance and disease. The biochemistry student seeks to determine how specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins and hormones function in such processes. Particular emphasis is placed on regulation of chemical reactions in living cells.

Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes. It has provided explanations for the causes of many diseases in humans, animals and plants. It can frequently suggest ways by which such diseases may be treated or cured.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Biochemistry of Lipoproteins
  • Adv Strat in Genetics & Genomics
  • Genomics and Gene Expression
  • Macromolecular Structure
  • Protein Biology & Proteomics
  • Essentials of Glycobiology
  • Experimental/Clinical Oncology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Admission is based on the candidates academic record, letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and personal statement. Once a student has submitted all the required documents, the applicants file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

Files that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered. Applicants must also be accepted by a research supervisor who is a faculty member or associate member of the Department of Biochemistry. Recommendation for admission will be made once the applicant has secured a supervisor and adequate financial support. Financial support should be in the form of a stipend from the supervisor's research grant or a fellowship held by the student.

Admission requirements

Applicants to the M.Sc. program must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent in Biochemistry or in related disciplines from a recognized institution. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.2/4.0 (B+) on the McGill University scale is required.

Special requirements for international applicants
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: All international applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone) must submit results from the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).
  • GRE scores
Documents Required
  • Uploaded unofficial transcript(s) of complete university level academic records to date (this also applies to McGill University transcripts). It is desirable to upload a list of the titles of the courses taken, if transcripts give code numbers only. If it is not clear on the transcript, applicants may be asked to submit proof of having obtained the degree on the transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation: McGill will request the letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.
  • Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement (text can be the same as Applicant Statement on the online application).
  • Arrange for test scores (i.e. TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), if applicable, to be sent directly from the testing agency.

Tuition Fee

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    7971 CAD/year
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    3613 CAD/year
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  • In-State Applies to you

    1164 CAD/year
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