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This page contains important information designed to help you complete the application process. Be sure to review it carefully before submitting your application.

You should also consult the Applying and admissions section of the Prospective Graduate Students website.

Master's program

We offer a highly-regarded 45-credit graduate program leading to the M.Sc. degree that prepares our students for scientific careers in many areas of biochemistry and related sciences. 

Completing the M.Sc.

All M.Sc. students are required to complete 45 credits for their degree, including:


Biochemistry Graduate Students' Society

BGSS is a student-run organization that represents McGill's biochemistry graduate population. BGSS organizes a variety of social and academic events for biochemistry students and the general student body throughout the year.

The BGSS executive is elected each spring. It consists of the following positions:

How to apply to the Chemical Biology option

How do I apply to the program?

The Chemical Biology Option is offered by three departments: Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Students wishing to enroll in the program must apply directly for admission to graduate studies in one of these three departments (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacology).

Orientation and advising


Please come to Orientation on:

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Room 1034, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building

Take a look at a what your schedule might look like.  u1_sample_schedule.pdf

Academic Advisor Office Hours

Honours program

The Honours program in Biochemistry combines the substantial background given by the Major program with a challenging opportunity to carry out laboratory research projects in the U3 year. These courses provide students with research experience under the supervision of a professor in the Department.

The history of biochemistry at McGill

2007 marks one century of Biochemistry taught at McGill. In the year 1907, Dr Robert F. Ruttan was appointed the first Professor of Biochemistry!! This is certainly a reason to celebrate!

This Article is an abridged version entitled "A Sixty-Year Evolution of Biochemistry at McGill University", Scientia Canadensis, V. 27 (2003) pp. 27-84 published by Rose Johnstone, Professor Emeritus, McGill Gilman Cheney Chair in Biochemistry.


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