McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences


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School:McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Field of Study:Biochemistry
Description:Our Ph.D. program is tailored to maximize student productivity and learning through basic research. Our philosophy is that the most important goal of a higher degree is to become an expert in a specific field while maintaining sufficient breadth of knowledge to succeed after leaving graduate school. This includes publication in respected peer-reviewed journals, applications for study scholarships, oral and written presentation skills. Our graduates typically secure top-level international post-doctoral fellowships or have industry placements in leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical research companies world wide. Completion of the Ph.D. degree is normally limited to SIX years from initial registration at the M.Sc. (for students who take the transfer exam) and FOUR years for those registering directly in Ph.D.
URL:Biochemistry at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $6,307

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*77
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Admission into the Biochemistry Graduate Program M.Sc. program requires a minimum of a B.Sc. with B+ average (8.5/12) in Biochemistry. Students with a Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Microbiology or Physics degree are also eligible for admission. While most students are admitted to our programs as M.Sc. students, undergraduates having exceptional grades (consistent A to A+ average in all four years of study) and research experience may be considered for direct admission to our PhD program. Students applying to our program who already hold a M.Sc. degree from another institution can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program subject to approval from our admissions panel. Such students are required to take an exam, identical in structure and content to the transfer exam within their first 9-12 months in graduate school.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580]
    Application Notes : Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Applicants are required to submit two completed electronic references from academic referees, and a Statement of Interest. Please visit the website for complete details.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 September 08, 2022