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What will I learn?


Alongside our strong dedication to training students for successful academic, medical and industrial careers, you’ll also find that we are committed to furthering research. This full-time program provides everything you need to become a well-rounded researcher, including:

  • laboratory work
  • guided seminar presentations
  • discussion groups

What about the future?
An MSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology opens the door to a variety of careers:

  • employment in government and industrial laboratories
  • the RCMP employs biochemists in forensic science laboratories
  • opportunities in clinical diagnostic medicine in hospitals and in the numerous companies now providing diagnostic procedures
  • the pharmaceutical, brewing and food processing industries employ biochemists
  • monitoring and control of pollution are also expanding fields for biochemists
  • recent advances in molecular biology and genetics has given biochemistry a major role in the biotechnology industry

Biochemistry will continue to be a very good preparation for the professions of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Opportunities exist in universities and research institutes for biochemists with post graduate degrees.

This is a full-time program and typically takes 1-2 years to complete.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$24,803.12 (US$ 17,986) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or related field, from a recognized college or university. Minimum entrance GPA of 3.0/4.3 (equivalent to a B at Dalhousie University). English language requirement: Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92; MELAB: 85; IELTS: 7; CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60; Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

For international students

Master's degree requirement :

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

For the MSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, you will need:

  • an Honours degree in biochemistry and molecular biology or a research-based degree in biology, chemistry or biomedical sciences
  • a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet) or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 for those whose first language is not English.
  • April 1 (for September start) is the deadline for non-Canadian applicants.

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


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