The Department of Biochemistry offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Biochemistry as well as to the M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Food Science.
The programs of study consist of courses and research work that are designed to equip students with the knowledge and experience required of modern researchers.
The research specializations of our faculty encompass different frontiers of metabolic regulation and nutritional biochemistry; food science, food engineering and marine biotechnology; molecular and cell biology; and the structures and functions of macromolecular complexes such as muscle and lipid membranes.
Some of our faculty also supervise students in the Interdisciplinary Computational Science MSc program.
Based on their background, students are advised on their course work by their respective Supervisory Committees.
A candidate for the Ph.D. degree shall normally take the Comprehensive Examination within the first seven semesters of his or her program. The examination will have two components: the preparation of a grant proposal on a topic related to the student’s research specialization followed by an oral examination of the proposal. Failure of this examination will result in the termination of the candidate’s program
After successful completion of the course requirement (and the comprehensive examination, in the case of the PhD), the student submits a thesis embodying the results of his or her original research.
All graduate students are expected to attend and participate regularly in the departmental seminars. The graduate program for full-time students usually takes two years for the M.Sc. (part-time students will require longer periods) and four years for the PhD (part-time students are not admitted).