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What will I learn?

Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary program of scientific research which involves the study of enzymes, metabolic pathways, and the synthesis, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. This program contains a strong emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological techniques and on conceptual training in biochemical experimentation. Modern-day biochemists carry out research in a wide variety of areas that include creating genetically-engineered crops that are resistant to environmental pressures, perfecting forensic techniques, elucidating structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, developing drugs for human and animal health, and bio ethanol production.

As a graduate student within the Department of Biochemistry, you will be able to pursue studies in:

  • analytical biochemistry
  • cell biochemistry
  • cell biology and cancer
  • enzymes and metabolism
  • nucleic acids and gene expression
  • plant biochemistry
  • protein structure and molecular mechanism

While at the University of Saskatchewan, you'll have access to state of the art facilities and research centres such as:

  • Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron
  • Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre
  • Cancer Research Cluster
  • National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Association
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,096.13 (US$ 6,254) per year
CAN $2,698.71 per term
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Science

University of Saskatchewan,

Room 265 Arts, 9 Campus Drive,

Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S7N 5A5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR, A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units U of S equivalent). Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Fully qualified: Overall score of 86 with minimum scores of 19 in each area; IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Fully qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in each area; CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees): Fully qualified: Overall score of 4.5 with minimum scores of 4.5 in each area; PTE (Pearson Test of English): Fully qualified: Overall score of 63 with minimum scores of 59 in each area; University of Regina: Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 50)l Plus completion of Academic Writing Elective A - Minimum score of 60% ; U-PREP 2: University Preparation 2 from the U of S Language Centre - Minimum score of 75% ; CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language): Minimum score of 70%, with minimum individual scores of 60

For international students

A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 86 with minimum scores of 19 in each area

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in each area

CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 4.5 with minimum scores of 4.5 in each area.

PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 63 with minimum scores of 59 in each area.

University of Regina

Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 50)l Plus completion of Academic Writing Elective A

Minimum score of 60%

U-PREP 2

University Preparation 2 from the U of S Language Centre

Minimum score of 75%

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)

Minimum score of 70%, with minimum individual scores of 60

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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