Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences MSc

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Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences MSc

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Key Information

  • Study Level:

    Master

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Study Mode:

    Full Time

  • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

    C$ 8,939 Per Year

    These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

  • Tuition Fees International :

    C$ 21,559

    These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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Course Summary

The Biomedical Sciences are a highly technical specialisation, touching on both the life sciences and the clinical needs of both patients and practitioners. At the same time, Biochemistry is an incredibly complex field of study, with a wide range of specialisations and niche applications. It looks at the chemical reactions and interactions which underlie all living things, and seeks to understand how individual molecules are relevant to the organism as a whole, as well as how they interact as discrete units. It is not difficult to see how these two disciplines can combine to form a coherent course of study.

An MSc in Biochemistry and the Biomedical Sciences from McMaster University will give you an academic education, complete with a detailed theoretical understanding of the field and the practical laboratory skills you’ll need to succeed in any industrial or research role addressing structural biology, infectious disease, microbiology, human cell biology or even cancer research.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

Course Outline

This degree program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study.

The first year will see you taking 2 of the 700-level modules listed below. Your final year will be dedicated to conducting research and writing your capstone thesis.

700-Level Modules May Include:

  • Computational Biochemistry
  • Enzyme Catalytic Mechanisms
  • Mechanism of Enzyme Action
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Function
  • Scientific Communication
  • Signal Transduction: Dynamic Mechanism of Action of Growth Factors
  • Signal Transduction: Receptors, G-proteins, Target Enzymes
  • Special Topics in Bacterial Cell Surfaces
  • Special Topics in Biomolecular Science: Microboial Pathogenesis
  • Special Topics in Biomolecular Sciences: Immunometabolism
  • Special Topics in Proteins
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • The Molecular Biology of Glucose Metabolism
  • Writing for Science

You may also be required to take 600-level courses, depending on your research. These will not give course credit, however, or affect your grades.

600-Level Modules Include:

  • Biochemical Immunology
  • Introduction to Molecular Biophysics
  • Biochemical Pharmacology
  • Molecular Membrane Biology
  • Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Development

Learning And Teaching

McMaster University’s Undergraduate programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will also attend laboratory skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.

This program also stresses ethics and social responsibility, and expects its students to be well versed in these. It requires students to pass classes in Academic Integrity and Research Ethics as well as the implications of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Career Possibilities

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Not only will you be a fully trained Biochemist with a specialty in the Biomedical Sciences (and all the laboratory skills that implies), you’ll have a wide range of transferrable skills which could lead to a career anywhere in the life sciences or in a completely unrelated field. Of course, many students have gone on to PhD instead, either at McMaster and elsewhere.

Entry & Credit

Successful completion will result in a 1 year MSc degree.

Applicants must typically have successfully completed an appropriate undergraduate degree, or the international equivalent. This should have been in Biochemistry, or a related field.

All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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