Biochemistry (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry offered by the Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes cutting-edge and experiential learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature synthesis, resourceful thinking, and the presentation of complex ideas to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

Unique Program Features

  • Students gain in-depth expertise in biochemistry and the biomedical sciences, with the opportunity to carry out research projects at a world-class level and build collaborations with other leading research groups;
  • The program has a Harmonized Stipend Policy to ensure students are paid an adequate stipend;
  • Students may focus their research work Chemical Biology, Human Systems Biology (Bioinformatics), Cancer Research/Oncology, or Structural Biology;
  • Students benefit from access to world class facilities including the Bellini Life Sciences Building, Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Institute, and the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, together comprising one of the best-equipped research facilities in Canada;
  • Graduates pursue their careers as leaders in the basic health sciences in industry, the public sector, or academia.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Biochemistry website

Department Contact

Graduate Program christine.laberge [at] (subject: PhD%20in%20Biochemistry) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 June 15
WINTER February 15 August 1 November 10

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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