Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Our mandate is to conduct outstanding research while maintaining exceptional training of graduate students. The Department of Biochemistry offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs which emphasize laboratory research, in a wide variety of areas. The graduate programs are overseen by the Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Graduate Program Director (GPD).

Stipends and Fees

  • Masters students receive a minimum stipend of $20,000 annually; doctoral students receive $22,000.
  • PDF icon tuition_table_2017-18.pdf

  • Departmental Tuition Assistance compensates Canadian M.Sc. students from outside Quebec for the difference in tuition fees, and assists international graduate students.

Timeline and Milestones

  • It is recommended that courses be completed within the first two semesters.
  • M.Sc. degrees are to be completed by year 3.
  • M.Sc. students interested in promoting (fast-track) to the Ph.D. program present the Junior Seminar to the Department in year 2.
  • Fast-track students join the Ph.D. program in year 3.
  • Ph.D. students present the Thesis Proposal to the GAC in year 3.
  • Ph.D. students present the Senior Seminar to the Department around 6 months before submitting the Thesis.
  • Ph.D. degrees are to be completed before the end of year 7.
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Research Progress

  • The student’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) consists of the supervisor and two other faculty members, one from the Biochemistry Department and one from another department.
  • The first RAC meeting must be no later than in the third semester, and at least once each following year. Evaluation reports signed by the student and RAC members are submitted to the Department.
  • Two unsatisfactory RAC evaluations, or failure to hold annual RAC meetings, will be grounds for withdrawal.
  • A failure in two required courses will be grounds for withdrawal.


  • All students are required to attend all seminars in the Unified Series hosted by the Department, the Goodman Cancer Research Centre and the Complex Traits Group, including Junior and Senior Seminars.
  • A minimum attendance at 70% of seminars is required to pass course BIOC 696 and receive Departmental fellowships.
  • The attendance formula is: 9 Biochemistry Seminars, plus 10 from any in the Unified Series (visiting speakers); and 70% of Junior and Senior Seminars.
  • PDF icon Off-Campus Seminar Attendance Form

Training Programs

Letter of Agreement:  Letter of Agreement


Complete information on regulations and guidelines are under Administration & New Students, general McGill Resources & University Policies, Biochemistry Department Regulation & Guidelines, Master’s and Doctoral Program.