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Chemical Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
Chemical biology involves the use of small molecules to affect living systems. This multi-disciplinary approach to studying living systems incorporates everything from synthetic and analytical chemistry to structural and molecular biology. This master degree in Chemical Biology is offered by the McMaster University. 

Overview

The main goal of the Chemical Biology program is to provide students with training that is at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and biology, with a primary emphasis on understanding how the chemical biology approach can be used to solve complex biological problems such as the mechanisms of disease, the regulation of biological pathways and the roles of different biomolecules in controlling cellular function (or dysfunction). 

At the McMaster University we offer a master degree in Chemical Biology. While research is carried out in a variety of areas, much of the work focusses on the areas of infection, imaging and interfaces. Degrees conferred within the program will require successful completion of a number of courses and a research thesis.  Students are expected to make contributions the discipline and disseminate their work through scholarly publications and presentations.

Areas of Research

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Cancer
  • Chemical genomics
  • Biomolecular interactions
  • Biomolecular structure
  • dynamics & function

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Natural Products
  • Polymers and Organic Materials
  • Recent Advance Analyt Chemist
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis
  • Computational Models for Electronic Structure & Chemical Bonding

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

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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    580

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • B+ (B- for Engineering) minimum average, based on a full year equivalent of final year courses (3rd/4th level) relevant to the program
  • Each program may set additional/higher requirements
  • Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s. Please contact the program for specific details
  • Departments or programs may establish additional requirements, such as scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Admission is competitive
  • The admission decision is not subject to appeal
  • Applicants who do not meet the above mentioned requirements, should consult the Graduate Calendar to determine the requirements for exceptional cases

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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