Master of Science (MSc) in Biochemistry

Program at a Glance

  • 2-year program (average duration)
  • The following course sequences show you which courses you should take for your particular program and in which term you should take them. They help you plan your course schedule.
    • Course sequences are only guidelines.
    • Some graduate courses are offered every year, others in alternating years.
  • Visit My Academic Requirements in uoZone to make sure you enroll in all courses or activities you need to obtain your degree.

Scroll down to the bottom page to see:

  • the important milestones to complete every year for the full length of your program
  • the toolbox (Links to forms, the description of the courses and other useful links)

Year 1 Course Sequence and Milestones

First Term

Courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved Biochemistry (BCH) courses
  • MED 8166 Professionalism and Professional Skills (or first fall term)
  • BCH 5366 Seminar
  • THM 7999 Thesis

Milestones

  • Fill out the Nomination of our Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Members form.
  • Organize and meet with your TAC before the end of the first term. It is essential that you schedule your TAC meeting well in advance.
  • Complete the TAC report after the meeting.
  • Submit the TAC report and the Annual Research Progress report before the end of the first term. Submit both forms through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.

Notes

Second Term

Courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved Biochemistry (BCH) courses
  • MED 8166 Professionalism and Professional Skills
    (for those having started their program in spring/summer)
  • BCH 5366 Seminar
  • THM 7999 Thesis

Third Term

Courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved Biochemistry (BCH) courses
  • MED 8166 Professionalism and Professional Skills
    (for those having started their program in winter)
  • BCH 5366 Seminar
  • THM 7999 Thesis
Notes for Year 1
Graduate Courses
  • List of approved BCH graduate courses.
  • In some cases, we may cancel classes with low enrolment or convert them into Directed Studies.
  • Some graduate courses are offered every year, others in alternating years.
  • There are no BCH graduate courses available during the Spring/Summer term (excluding seminars and research activities).
  • MED 8166: This course is compulsory for all students enrolled in a master’s program and attendance is mandatory for all workshops. Only offered during the fall term.
THM 7999 & BCH 5366: Continuous activities
  • Once you have enrolled for the first time in a continuing activity such as the seminar course or for the thesis, you must maintain your enrolment until the activity is completed.
  • Enrolment to continuous activities:
    • BCH 5366: Enrolment to BCH 5366 is not automatic.
      Every term, you must enroll in this continuous activity through your uoZone account before the deadline.
    • THM 7999: After your first (manual) enrolment to the thesis, all subsequent enrolments are automatic, unless you have a hold on your account, which will require that you manually enroll once you have arranged to have your hold lifted.
BCH 5366: Seminar Series
  • You must attend a minimum of 20 seminars during the fall and winter terms and track your seminar attendance using the Student Seminar Report form.
  • You must remain enrolled to BCH 5366:
    • during the spring-summer term, and
    • until permission to write and a grade of ‘Satisfactory’ is recorded.
  • As part of the requirements of the Seminar Series, you must attend the BMI Seminar and Poster Day.

Year 2 Course Sequence and Milestones

Fourth Term

Courses

  • BCH 5366 Seminar (if permission to write has not yet been obtained)
  • THM 7999 Thesis

Milestones

  • Meet with your TAC.
    You must hold your second TAC meeting within 16 months of your initial enrolment.
  • Submit required reports:
    • TAC Report
    • Annual Research Progress Report
    • Seminar Report

Fifth Term

Courses

  • BCH 5366 Seminar (if permission to write has not yet been obtained)
  • THM 7999 Thesis

Milestones

  • You should have permission to write during this term.
  • If you wish to transfer from the MSc to the PhD program (fast track), you must complete the “Transfer Exam” during the fourth or fifth term.
    Before transferring to the Doctorate program, students must have completed their program requirements, with the exception of the thesis activity.

Sixth Term

Course

  • THM 7999 Thesis

Milestone

  • Submit your thesis during or at the end of this term.

Important milestones to complete every year
for the full length of your program

  • Meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
    Meetings can be more frequent but must be held at least once a year after the initial TAC meeting, which must be held during the first term.
  • Submit the following forms:
    • Student Seminar Report
      Submit this form by email to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at grad.med@uOttawa.ca before April 30 of every year or once you obtained permission to write.
    • Submit the two following forms through the Service Request application in your uoZone account:
      • TAC report
      • Annual Research Progress Report
  • Attend BMI Seminar & Poster Day on April 30, 2020
    • All BCH students are required to present either a poster or a seminar, until permission to grant is granted.

Toolbox

Forms

Useful links

Courses

Disclaimer

The above should match the information found in the official program calendar (and related archives), under ‘program requirements’. However, despite our rigorous control procedures, we cannot guarantee complete accuracy.

  • In the event of a discrepancy between the content on this page and the official calendar, the calendar takes precedence and is the authoritative source.
  • Please note that you must follow the program requirements in effect in the calendar year of your first enrolment. Additional requirements may apply.
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