Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Students with a bachelor’s degree who are looking enjoy a wide variety of research that is at the forefront of many fields should consider getting a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc Thesis) degree. Research can include everything from biochemistry to molecular research, as well as cellular and developmental biology. It also ranges from genetics and immunology to bioinformatics, with applications to cancer and clinical research. As they deepen their skills, students will get to enjoy the amenities of a large city near the outdoor leisure activities of the Rocky Mountains. Completion of the program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Courses may include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Bioinformatic Resources for the Biologist.

  • Research Ethics: Students are required to attend Research Integrity Day sessions in the first year of their program.

  • Seminars: Students participate in a journal club and work-in-progress seminars for their research group, and will present one seminar per year.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

Specializations

Bioinformatics

Outcomes

Academic research; post-secondary and secondary teaching; industry research and consulting; business consulting, analytics, management, sales, research and marketing; scientific writing; IP and patent law; medicine (lab tech; physician; clinical scientist); veterinary medicine.

A master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

Three core courses and one elective

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Janice Braun

    Janice Braun

    Accepting Inquiries
    Molecular Chaperones and Neurodegeneration
  2. George Chaconas

    George Chaconas

    Accepting Inquiries
    Molecular Biology of the Lyme Disease Spirochete
  3. Sarah Childs

    Sarah Childs

    Accepting Inquiries
    Genetics of blood vessel development; precision medicine; developmental biology, Vascular patterning, Vascular stabilization, microRNA control of smooth muscle differentiation, The zebrafish model
  4. James Cross

    James Cross

    Unavailable
    Developmental and reproductive biology
  5. Jason headshot

    A.P. Jason de Koning

    Accepting Inquiries
    Computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomics, Systematic variant interpretation in human genetic disease, Bayesian statistics, large-scale inference, and machine learning, Human and computational population genetics, Molecular evolution
  6. Ina Dobrinski

    Ina Dobrinski

    Unavailable
    Biology of male germ line stem cells
  7. Tao Dong

    Tao Dong

    Seeking Students
    Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry
  8. Antoine Dufour

    Antoine Dufour

    Unavailable
    Proteomics, proteases, systems biology, inflammation, immunity
  9. Aaron Goodarzi

    Aaron Goodarzi

    Unavailable
    DNA damage repair, Radiation Biology, Chromatin Dynamics, Cell Biology, Project #1 - SNM1 nuclease-mediated DNA repair, Project 2 - Chromatin remodeling in oxidative DNA damage responses, Project 3 - Alpha-particle-induced DNA damage
  10. Steven Greenway

    Steven Greenway

    Accepting Inquiries
    Cell-free DNA, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Microbiome

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

None

Documents

  • A current C.V.

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: June 1 application deadline
  • International students: Apr. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Oct. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Aug. 1 application deadline

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

For admission on July 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: May 1 application deadline
  • International students: Feb. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Health Sciences Centre
HSC G345B, 3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.210.7051

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Cumming School of Medicine website



Highlights of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

These stories from those involved in the program show what it's like to be involved yourself.

Carla Davidson, Owner - Endeavour Scientific Management and Consulting

Carla Davidson, Owner - Endeavour Scientific Management and Consulting

"I learned a combination of critical thinking, clear communication and broad experience. My graduate degree gave me the willingness to start my own business."

Kevin Thorneloe

Kevin Thorneloe, Director - Biopharm Translational Medicine

"The critical thinking skills I acquired during my PhD has been the foundation of my career in the pharmaceutical industry."

Nima Najand

Nima Najand, Technology Analyst - Innovate Calgary

"UCalgary has been instrumental in providing me with skills to succeed in careers outside academia."