Program

Applications are open throughout the year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary program of scientific research which involves the study of enzymes, metabolic pathways, and the synthesis, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. This program contains a strong emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological techniques and on conceptual training in biochemical experimentation. Modern-day biochemists carry out research in a wide variety of areas that include creating genetically-engineered crops that are resistant to environmental pressures, perfecting forensic techniques, elucidating structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, developing drugs for human and animal health, and bioethanol production.

As a graduate student within the Department of Biochemistry, you will be able to pursue studies in:

  • analytical biochemistry
  • cell biochemistry
  • cell biology and cancer
  • enzymes and metabolism
  • nucleic acids and gene expression
  • plant biochemistry
  • protein structure and molecular mechanism

While at the University of Saskatchewan, you'll have access to state of the art facilities and research centres such as:

  • Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron
  • Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre
  • Cancer Research Cluster
  • National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Association
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Miroslaw CyglerHost-Pathogen Interactions, Synthesis and degradation of glycosaminoglycans
Oleg DmitrievInteractions between proteins and small molecules, mapping contacts of drugs and their protein targets, regulating enzymes for therapeutic use
Andrew FreywaldMolecular mechanisms that determine cancer invasiveness and metastasis
Ramji KhandelwalDiabetes, Kinases/phosphatases, Glycogen metabolism, Insulin, Tumor necrosis factor-alpha
Scot LearyMolecular genetic regulation of cellular copper homeostasis
Jeremy LeeIntrinsically disordered proteins. Alpha-synuclein. Parkinson's Disease.
Erique LukongBreast tumor kinase (BRK) and two other BRK family members, FRK and SRMS
Yu LuoStructure, function and inhibitory studies on key proteins involved in DNA repair and in D-alanylation of teichoic acids in Gram-positive bacteria
Stanley MooreFlagellum secretion system in Helicobacter pylori, and chromatin modifying systems in higher eukaryotes
Scott NapperVaccine Development, Prion Diseases, Kinome Analysis, Infectious Disease
William RoeslerTranscription, nuclear speckles, TCERG1, C/EBPalpha, gene expression, nuclear compartmentation
David SandersCarbohydrate-modifying Enzymes, Drug Design, Enzymology, Protein X-ray Crystallography, Structural Biology, biological chemistry, metabolism
Scot StoneAcyltransferase, triglyceride, lipid droplet, obesity, diabetes
Hong WangPlant cell cycle regulation
Yuliang WuCancer, genome stability, DNA repair, helicase

Tuition and funding

Funding

The Department of Biochemistry has a number of graduate teaching opportunities available and your supervisor may have funding from their research grants for eligible students. When you speak with potential supervisors about the research you would like to do, ask about funding opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

Direct entry requirements:

  • A four-year honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

Contact

Department of Biochemistry
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Jeremy Lee
Email: jeremy.lee@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Deana Thunderchild
Email: deana.thunderchild@usask.ca