Combine your specialized biochemistry studies with our flexible and integrated M.D/Ph.D. program.


Please see the Biochemistry Graduate Program Handbook for more information.

The MD/PhD program will be offered in an integrated format with specific blocks of time provided for activities either in full- or part-time studies in either program. There will be opportunity for flexibility in the arrangement of student curriculum, if requested and/or deemed appropriate, but that is at the discretion of the MD/PhD Program Committee.

MD program fulfillment (in the MD/PhD program): The new MD curriculum, electives and clerkship periods. Horizontal electives (optional in current MD program, not optional in the MD/PhD program) must be completed during graduate research block (3 years). A minimum of 80 hours in horizontal electives must be completed satisfactorily.

PhD program fulfillment (in the MD/PhD program): Time will be allowed for attendance at regular research group meetings while in the MD curriculum. Attendance at MD/PhD program group meetings (faculty and students) will be held a minimum of 3 times annually. In addition, students must complete the requirements noted below in the relevant graduate program.

Candidates must successfully complete the equivalent of three 700-level graduate half courses (credit for satisfactory completion of MD horizontal electives are provided within the graduate program such that only 3 courses are required).

Please refer to Comprehensive for information regarding the comprehensive examination and the submission and defence of a research thesis.

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  • 4 year Honours B.Sc. or BHSc with a minimum academic standing of 10.5/12 (on the McMaster scale) or 3.5 on a 4 point scale in the final two years of the Bachelor’s degree study in courses relevant to the program. Prospective Biochemistry Graduate Program students require an undergraduate degree in biochemistry; however, students in chemistry, molecular biology, medicine, microbiology or physics may also be admissible.
  • Acceptance to the McMaster MD program. MD applicants must apply through OMSAS for Medical admissions, achieve a high score in the autobiographical submission, and complete the MMI exercise in April. Unsuccessful MD/PhD candidates would continue in the regular admissions process for the MD program.
  • Acceptance to the PhD program in Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences offered through the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Acceptable interview.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research project record or experience in undergraduate studies, or in a graduate program.
  • Two academic references. Referees should address suitability for an MD/PhD program; one reference must be from the supervisor from an undergraduate research project or thesis.
  • Separate statement submitted by the applicant regarding their suitability, motivation, and career plans in MD/PhD studies.
  • Identification of a faculty member who agrees to supervise the student.