Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Overview and specifics
Philosophiae Doctor (Ph. D.)
Dissertation or thesis track
Admission in fall, winter and summer
Offered at the Montréal
This doctorate program provides in-depth training in biomedical and basic research with a seminar course and as much time as possible dedicated to laboratory work.
The program gives students a background in biochemistry and molecular biology research. Students will carry out a laboratory research project under the supervision of an experienced professor or researcher. Once they finish their projects, which generally take between two and five years, graduates can directly enter the job market or continue their training with a postdoctoral fellowship that may eventually lead to a research position.
Studies in this program are governed by the educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the provisions for direct entry to the PhD programs in the Faculty of Medicine, and the following provisions:
1. Admission requirements To be admitted as a regular student in the PhD (Biochemistry) program, candidates must:
Meet the general admission requirements (section XI) of the “Règlement pédagogique de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales” (educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
Demonstrate good knowledge of French and English (learn more).
Provide two letters of recommendation and a curriculum vitae.
For the Cellular Dynamics of Macromolecular Complexes limited-enrolment option, priority will be given to students whose supervisors are part of the group of researchers who are working on this specific research problem.
1.1 Admission requirements – Entry to PhD from MSc
Have an MSc (Biochemistry), an MSc in a relevant discipline or an equivalent degree, or show proof of equivalent education.
Have obtained a grade-point average at the graduate level of at least 3.3 out of 4.3.
1.2 Admission requirements – Direct entry to PhD from MSc without dissertation
Be enrolled in the MSc program and have finished all compulsory MSc courses.
Have obtained a grade-point average at the graduate level of at least 3.4 out of 4.3.
1.3 Admission requirements – Direct entry to PhD from BSc
Have a BSc (Biochemistry), a BSc in a relevant discipline, an MD, or an equivalent degree.
Have obtained a grade-point average at the undergraduate level of at least 3.6 out of 4.3.
Have research experience.
Program structure (3-465-1-0)
The doctorate program consists of 90 credits. There are six options:
Flexible Stream (Segment 70)
Molecular Genetics (Segment 71)
Structural Biology (Segment 72)
Human Genomics (Segment 73)
In Silico Biochemistry (Segment 74)
Cellular Dynamics of Macromolecular Complexes (Segment 75)
Research must be done as a residency at either Université de Montréal or a research laboratory of an affiliated institute or hospital approved by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
Students are required to take seminar courses throughout the program.
Entry to PhD from MSc and direct entry to PhD from MSc without dissertation. This program consists of 4 mandatory course credits and 86 credits for research and a thesis. It also includes additional courses depending on candidates' needs.
Direct entry to PhD from BSc. This program consists of 4 mandatory course credits and 86 credits for research and a thesis. Students must complete all master’s-level courses that relate to their chosen option for the PhD program.