About Graduate Studies


Join some of the world’s leading researchers in Biochemistry at McGill University

Outstanding Faculty Members

In Biochemistry at McGill you will join research teams carrying out exciting, innovative science. The Department’s 29 full-time members are complemented by another 25 Associate and Adjunct and members. They have made ground-breaking discoveries, from identifying the gene that causes spina bifida to documenting complex processes governing the regulation of protein synthesis to tracking gene expression in breast cancer development. That’s why the McGill Biochemistry program is known and respected around the globe.

For more information on all of our faculty members’ research activities, check out their program summaries and visit their individual web sites.

World Class Facilities

Biochemistry graduate students have the opportunity to work in some of Canada’s newest and most well-equipped academic research facilities. The McGill Life Sciences Complex, including the new Francisco Bellini Life Sciences Building and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre, boasts large, open-plan research labs and state-of-the-art equipment.

Academic Renown

McGill University, especially known for its elite life sciences programs, is consistently ranked first among Canada’s research universities and among the top twenty in the world, according to QS Top Universities, U.S. News and World Report, and other international journals.

Stimulating Programs

Graduate studies in Biochemistry is research-intensive. You will take courses in core areas and in your specialty, but most of your activity will take place in the laboratory, where you will be part of our vibrant, world-class research community. For more information on course offerings, see the Masters and Doctoral program sites.

Financial Support

Thanks to Biochemistry’s guaranteed graduate student stipend, you will be a paid researcher.

Masters students receive a minimum stipend of $20,000 annually; doctoral students receive $22,000. In addition, graduate students are eligible to apply for both internal and external scholarships.

Streamlined PhDs and Special Programs: Our streamlined graduate program means you can enter the Masters program but, assuming you meet the academic criteria, transfer to the PhD program after your first year. You can also follow one of our special graduate programs in Chemical Biology, Bioinformatics, Cancer Research/Oncology, and Structural Biology

An Unforgettable City

Live in Montreal, one of North America's most lively and engaging cities! With one of the largest student populations per capita of any city in North America, and its many festivals and other events, bilingual and multicultural Montreal is stimulating and affordable. It will offer you the experiences of a lifetime.

An Exciting Future

Graduates in Biochemistry pursue exciting research and administrative careers in academia, industry, and government. Where will a Biochemistry graduate degree take you?