The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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School:The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine
Field of Study:Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Description:The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is home to more than thirty well-funded research groups, offering opportunities for research that is fundamental in advancing basic science and at the same time provides knowledge that is being translated to help tackle human diseases. The graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology therefore provide advanced research-based education with the goal of preparing students for a career in academic, industrial or professional positions in British Columbia and beyond.

The Department offers MSc and PhD degree programs, with the option to transfer into the PhD track during the second year. Enrollment in the two programs combined has been steadlily increasing over the last 5 years from about 65 to 84 grads. The requirements for formal course credits are usually completed within the first two academic terms. Course topics include laboratory techniques, nucleic acids, membrane structure and function, cellular regulation, protein chemistry and molecular biology. Additional options include bioinformatics, genome analysis, cell growth and differentiation, bacterial pathogenesis and immuno-genetics. The balance of the program is research intensive and assessed by examination of a dissertation.
URL:Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine
Cost per year:*
National: $4,996

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Work Experience
- You should have advanced laboratory experience in a biochemistry research environment, e.g., summer student research project, co-op work experience, a directed studies laboratory research course, or employment as a laboratory technician in a research or relevant industrial environment.

- At the minimum, you should hold or be in the process of completing a four year science BSc or BScH

- You should be knowledgeable in organic and physical chemistry beyond the introductory level

- You should have taken an introductory Biochemistry course, an introductory Biochemistry laboratory course, and at least two advanced Biochemistry courses

- Courses in genetics, physics, microbiology, or cell biology are strongly recommended

- North American degree holders must have obtained an overall transcript average of B+ or have a first class standing in 12 credits of combined 3rd and 4th year relevant coursework

- Non-North American degree holders must review the minimum academic entrance requirements as set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

* 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 June 04, 2019