Biochemistry MSc / PhD

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Biochemistry MSc / PhD

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Key Information

  • Study Level:

    Master

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Study Mode:

    Full Time

  • Start Date:

    01 September 2020

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Course Summary

Biochemistry is a broad subject, encompassing all of the chemical processes which occur within living organisms. It looks at the molecular level events which underlie all biological processes, and as a result makes huge contributions to every other life science.  The program stresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of this exciting and rapidly evolving discipline, as well as giving you the critical thinking skills you’ll need to evaluate new research and technological developments.

 The University of Toronto’s MSc / PhD program in Biochemistry gives you the understanding, background knowledge and laboratory skills you’ll need to cement your career as a biochemist.

 As this is a graduate level program, it gives you the opportunity to conduct your own research in the University’s modern laboratories and other facilities. You’ll be able to forge a specialism for yourself by exploring complex cellular systems like sub-cellular organelles, investigating the relationship between structure and function in proteins and more.

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 at full time. Note that PhD students will have a substantially different course load than MSc students.

Modules:

  • Advances in Epigenetics
  • Advances in optical microscopy: from single molecules to four-dimensional imaging
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Current topics in proteostasis: Synthesis, folding and degradation of proteins
  • Effective Science Communication
  • Focused Topics
  • Graduate Professional Development
  • Graduate Professional Development
  • Intro to X-ray crystallography and electron cryomicroscopy
  • Lipid Metabolism in Health and Disease: Mechanisms of diabetic dyslipidemia in obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Molecular chaperones and cellular protein homeostasis
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Protein Crystallography
  • Protein structure prediction and homology modelling
  • Protein Structure, Folding and Design
  • Regulation of Signalling Pathways
  • Structural Biology: Principles and Practice
  • Structure and dynamics of biomacromolecules using solid state NMR spectroscopy
  • Studies of tissue barriers: Regulation of phenotype and transport across the epithelium and endothelium
  • Subcellular Social Networks: Inter-Organelle Contact sites
  • The Ubiquitin-Proteasome System
  • The Use of High Content Screening in Biomolecular Medicine

Learning And Teaching

The University of Toronto’s Learning and Teaching policy includes a range of initiatives and programs to foster best practices. These include the Teaching Stream Pedagogical Grant (TSPG),

Undergraduate Course Development Fund (UCDF), First-Year Learning Communities (FLC), First-Year Seminars, Research Opportunity Program, Research Excursion Program and International Course Module Program (ICM). The coursework itself is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though there will also be frequent skills workshops and special events.

Career Possibilities

The University of Toronto’s MSc/PhD program in Biochemistry can prepare you for an exciting career as a research biochemist. Some 65% of students who enrol into this program stay on to complete the full PhD, and they have an amazing set of options before them. Some stay in academia or the public sector as researchers, but others go into the private sector in a range of different industries, from pharmaceuticals to biotech.

Entry & Credit

Successful completion will result in an MSc, PhD or MD/PhD degree. 

Applicants must typically have completed a bachelor’s level degree with a final year average in the B (3.0) range, or the international equivalent to apply for the MSc stream. Those who stay on must then aply to transfer to the PhD stream.

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

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