McGill University – Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Biochemistry
Description The M.Sc. in Biochemistry introduces students to laboratory-based research at an advanced level. The M.Sc. program offers core courses in advanced biochemistry topics, but focuses on laboratory research. The program provides sophisticated training in the technical as well as theoretical aspects of biochemistry, at one of the leading Biochemistry departments in Canada. The M.Sc. program is an excellent preparation for skilled positions in the biomedical sciences, in industry or the public sector, or for superior research in a Ph.D. program.
Website: Biochemistry (M.Sc. Thesis) at McGill University – Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Areas of Research: Chemical Biology, Bioinformatics
Thesis Based? Yes
Cost per year:

Provincial: $4,151.09
National: $9,162.89
International: $12,600.00

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 567]

Applicants to graduate studies 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 the following: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum acceptable scores are 86 Internet-based test (iBT) with no less than 20 in each of the four component scores or 567 on the paper-based test (PBT). CBT results will no longer be accepted, as ETS no longer reports these results. or IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 or greater. International students who have received their degree outside North America should submit GRE scores: Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology with a minimum score of 550 (not required, but strongly recommended).

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

Admission is based on the candidate’s academic record, letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and personal statement. A minimum grade point average of 3.2/4.0 (B+) is required. Once a student has submitted all the required documents, the applicant’s 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. Candidates for the M.Sc. degree must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent in Biochemistry or in related disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology).