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The Degree of PhD (Biochemistry) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★16 in course work and a thesis. Additional course work will be necessary when the undergraduate degree is in a different discipline.


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students must prepare an acceptable thesis describing the results of their research activities.

Candidacy examination

PhD students must take a candidacy examination consisting of written and oral sections within 36 months of initial registration.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to complete 11 hours of training in research ethics. This training component will normally include participation in the following activities:

  • The Annual Ethics and Scientific Integrity Days. (5 hours of training).
  • Introduction to Ethics, Integrity, and Responsibility in the Laboratory for First Year Graduate Students. (1 hour of training).
  • GET Program (Graduate Ethics Training) a WebCT course organized by the FGSR. (5 hours of training).

In some cases this requirement can be completed by participation in other research ethics activities that have been approved by the Department of Biochemistry.

The Department of Biochemistry requires that these activities be completed within the first two years of the PhD program.

Academic Standing Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.3. The calculation of the cumulative GPA does not include marks in seminar courses. Failure in two courses with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.3 will normally result in a recommendation to FGSR that the student be required to withdraw.

Language Requirement

The Department does not require knowledge of any language other than English for the PhD degree.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the PhD will vary according to the previous training of the candidate and the nature of the research undertaken; however a minimum of four years of study and research is normally required.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.