McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization (BHSc)

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Program Information

School:McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Description:The Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program is a new, limited enrollment offering by the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with key contributions from the School of Business. The training program will encompass level III and IV of undergraduate studies as well as a 12-month course-based Master program. The latter will include a 4-month internship in the health sciences sector. This limited enrollment program will afford a unique educational experience for students seeking first-rate training in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis on drug discovery and development.

Advanced training in biomedical discovery will come from accomplished research faculty who will provide individual mentorship in cutting-edge research investigations, and award-winning professors in the School of Business will instruct students in the fundamentals of commerce. At the nexus of science and business, the program will reach out in an extraordinary way to the commercial health sciences sector for its participation, both as guest lecturers in the classroom and as mentors in the community. In all, innovative educational methods using experiential, inquiry and team based learning approaches will be a hallmark for this exciting new program. Thus, students will benefit from a vanguard, multi-disciplinary educational experience aimed at positioning graduates for career success in the health sciences sector.
URL:Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization (BHSc) at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    By the time students enter the BDC program, they must have successfully completed a Level II Science, Health Sciences, or a relevant Level II program, with a minimum 10 full courses or 20 half courses (two years of undergraduate course work). Please note that co-op work terms do not count towards the course work requirement. Only degree courses at an accredited university will be considered. While the program is open to applicants from a diverse range of programs, at minimum, applicants must have completed first year biology and chemistry. By February 1st, applicants are expected to have achieved an overall average of at least 3.0 on the OMAS 4.0 Scale for consideration. On the McMaster 12-point scale this is an 8.0 (B). Students who are enrolled in a co-op program are to contact the program office regarding admission eligibility.

    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]
    Application Notes : If you have been asked to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and their respective minimum score requirements are as follows: IELTS - 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); CAE - 176 overall with minimum score of 154 in each component; PTE - 60 overall with minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking; CAEL - 70 overall; MELAB - 85 overall (minimum 80 in each of the three required components, minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required)); TOEFL IBT - 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening). Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. To view exemptions from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements, please visit:
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Selection for the program will be based on academic achievement, a written statement of interest and an interview. Please visit the website for complete details.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 31, 2016