Graduate Studies

Join some of the world’s leading researchers in Biochemistry at McGill University

Outstanding Faculty Members

In Biochemistry at McGill you will join research teams carrying out exciting, innovative science. The Department’s 30 full-time members are complemented by another 25 adjunct and associate members. Research in the Department covers all aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology, from molecules to cells, from animal models to human diseases. For more information on all of our faculty members’ research activities, check out their program summaries and visit their individual web sites. McGill University, especially known for its elite life sciences programs, is consistently ranked first among Canada’s research universities and among the top in the world.

World Class Facilities

Biochemistry graduate students have the opportunity to work in some of Canada’s newest and most well-equipped academic research facilities. Most of our faculty members are in the McGill Life Sciences Complex and the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, with large, open-plan research labs and state-of-the-art equipment.

Stimulating Programs

Graduate studies in Biochemistry is research-intensive. You will take courses in core areas and in your specialty, but most of your activity will take place in the laboratory, where you will be part of our vibrant, world-class research community. Our streamlined graduate program means you can enter the Master program but, assuming you meet the academic criteria, transfer to the Doctoral program after your first year.

Financial Support

Thanks to Biochemistry’s guaranteed graduate student stipend, you will be a paid researcher. Masters students receive a minimum stipend of $20,000 annually; doctoral students receive $22,000. In addition, graduate students are eligible to apply for both internal and external scholarships. Biochemistry also commits to:

  • compensate our Canadian M.Sc. students from outside Quebec for the difference in tuition fees with Quebec-resident students
  • assist all of our international graduate students with their tuition fees


An Unforgettable City

Live in Montreal, one of North America’s most lively and engaging cities! With one of the largest student population per capita of any city in North America, and its many festivals and other events, bilingual and multicultural Montreal is stimulating and affordable. It will offer you the experiences of a lifetime.

An Exciting Future

Graduates in Biochemistry pursue exciting research and administrative careers in academia, industry, and government. An employment survey of recent graduates shows the diversity of careers available. Where will a Biochemistry graduate degree take you?