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Biological and Biomedical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


We invite you to become a valued member of a vibrant and productive scientific community. As our graduate student, you will be guided toward enhancing your critical and analytical thinking skills, and attaining modern research expertise essential to your career progression.

Our program boasts several opportunities for research seminars, internships and other cultural and academic enhancements to enrich your education. We offer our students greater depth and breadth in course work and introduce them to creative and productive inquiry leading to careers in teaching; research in governmental, industrial and academic organizations; and entrance into doctoral programs We require from students seeking unconditional admission to the program a "B" average for a minimum of 30 credits of undergraduate biology, credit for four semesters of chemistry, two semesters of physics, and mathematics through Calculus I. The BBSD Chair exercises ultimate departmental authority over all matters pertaining to graduate education. The Chair may delegate authority to the Departmental Graduate Committee, chaired by the BBSD Graduate Program Director, for operation and policies of the graduate program.

Degree Requirements
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in the required graduate core courses for both thesis and non-thesis options.
  • At least 30 credits of biology (or approved chemistry and pharmaceutical science) courses including the thesis for the M.S. with thesis option and at least 36 credits including a project for the M.S. non-thesis project option are required.
  • Successful completion of an approved graduate biostatistics, bioinformatics or computer science course in lieu of the foreign language requirement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Cell Biology 
  •  Genetics 
  •  Biochemistry 
  •  Graduate Seminar
  •  Research in Biology 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 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

  • Applicant's must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or a 3.00 in the last sixty (60) credit hours of study at the undergraduate level.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2211 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2211 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2211 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2211 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 592 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Durham

  • 990 - 1670 USD/month
    Living Costs

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