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Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
Head: Dr. B. Triggs-Raine
Associate Head: Dr. S. Gibson
Grad Chair: Dr. J. Wigle
Campus Address/General Office: 336 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0J9
Telephone: 204-789-3593
Fax: 204-789-3900
Email Address: bmgadmin@umanitoba.ca
Website: http://umanitoba.ca/medicine/biochem/
Academic Staff: 

Please refer to the department website for Faculty info: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/biochem/faculty/facultylists.html#amara

Biochemistry and Medical Genetics Program Information

The department offers programs leading to the Masters of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. There are a wide range of potential thesis projects broadly related to one of the following areas of research: cancer, computational biology, epigenetics, genetic basis of development and disease, and regenerative medicine.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html.

M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar, the applicant must have an advanced (four year) degree with an appropriate background in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related subject area. The applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (based on a 4.5 scale), or equivalent, in the previous 60 credit hours of university study, or equivalent (normally 2 years). In addition, during this period there should be no grade less than C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to the proposed course of study.

Admission will depend upon the availability of a Faculty Member to supervise the student and resources to support the student's research.

In rare cases, applicants with GPA's lower than 3.5 or with a grade below C+ in the previous 60 credit hours may be admitted to this department, based upon individual circumstances and the support of their prospective advisors. Students in this situation should consult with their prospective advisor and the Chair of the Graduate Student Admissions and Awards Committee. 

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

 

Program Requirements

Program Requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Expected Time to Graduate: 2-3 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program.

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Admission Requirements

A thesis-based Master’s degree (of at least 2 years in duration), or equivalent, in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related field, from a Canadian university is required for direct admission to the Ph.D. program. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (4.5 scale), or equivalent, and no grade less than C+ in the courses taken during the Master’s program is required.

Generally, there is no direct entry into the Ph.D. program for students with Master’s degrees from non-Canadian universities. Admission will also depend upon the availability and willingness of a Faculty Member to supervise the student and resources to support the student's research. 

Transfer to a Ph.D. program:

Students registered for a Master’s degree who have made excellent progress over the first year in their program may be considered for transfer to the Ph.D. program. The transfer process, as outlined in the supplemental regulations, must be completed within 16 months of the student’s commencement in the Master’s program.

Application Deadlines 

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

March 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

July 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

November 1

 

Program Requirements

Program requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar. 

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Expected Time to Graduate: 4–5 years. See 5.5 Time Limits.