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Biochemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Edmonton, Canada
The Biochemistry program at the University of Alberta aims to develop critical and creative scholars who can effectively communicate with their scientific peers and the broader community, and who are capable of teaching at both an undergraduate and graduate level. 


The Biochemistry program at the University of Alberta seek to develop scientists who will serve the wider scientific community in terms of their productivity and integrity. 

Students will reach these goals through:

  • Formalized course work
  • Participation in both general and specialized seminar courses
  • Instructional responsibilities in the undergraduate student laboratory
  • Participation in ethics and scientific integrity workshops
  • Completion of an independent research program
  • Production and defense of a thesis

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Signal Transduction 
  • Protein Chemistry, Structure, and Function 
  • Proteomics 
  • Biochemistry of Eukaryotic Gene Expression 
  • Structure and Function of Biological Membranes 
  • The Molecular Biology of Mammalian Viruses 
  • Biochemistry of Lipids and Lipoproteins 
  • Methods in Molecular Biophysics 
  • Macromolecular Structure Analysis 
  • Selected Topics in Protein Structure, Function, and Regulation 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Ensure you meet the minimum requirements
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited academic institution (a degree in Biochemistry or a closely related discipline is preferred, but outstanding applicants from more distantly related disciplines are encouraged to apply).
  • A Grade Point Average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (determined from the most recent two years of full-time course work). If you were awarded a degree by an institution that does not use a 4.0 scale, please check the minimum grade requirements for other countries. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Edmonton

  • 1201 - 2000 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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