McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Chemistry, OtherFood Science
Description Food Science is a multi-disciplinary field involving chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, microbiology and engineering to give one the scientific knowledge to solve real problems associated with the many facets of the food system. Food Science is still a relatively new and growing discipline, brought about mainly as a response to the social changes taking place in North America and other parts of the developed world. The current trend towards merger between food and pharmaceutical industries to produce the next generation of new food prdocuts such as functional foods and nutraceuticals is the biggest challenge facing the discipline of Food Science today. You can be part of it. A Ph.D. in food science is suitable for students with an M.Sc. degree in food science or related areas who wish to become independent researchers and/or leaders in the field of food science. Candidates with a B.Sc. degree applying for the Ph.D. need to register first for the M.Sc. degree. In cases where the candidates are proceeding well during their first year, they may be permitted to proceed to the Ph.D. degree. Entry into the Ph.D. graduate program hinges on the availability of supervisory staff and financing.
Website: Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
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Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 75 to 79
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 567]

Applications will be considered upon receipt of a completed application form, $100 application fee, and the following supporting documents: Transcripts – Two official copies of all university-level transcripts with proof of degree(s) granted. Transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation. An explanation of the grading system used by the applicant's university is essential. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for transcripts to be sent. It is desirable to submit a list of the titles of courses taken in the major subject, since transcripts often give code numbers only. Applicants must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as determined by McGill, in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work. Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (official paper) of originating institution or bearing the university seal and with original signatures from two instructors who have taught the applicant, preferably in the applicant's area of specialization. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for these letters to be sent. Competency in English – Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English, by appropriate exams, e.g., TOEFL (minimum score 550 on the paper-based test or 86 on the Internet-based test with each component not less than 20) or IELTS (minimum overall band 6.5). The MCHE is not considered equivalent. Results must be submitted as part of the application. The University code is 0935 (McGill University, Montreal); please use Department code 31(Graduate Schools), Biological Sciences – Agriculture, to ensure that your TOEFL reaches this office without delay. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – The GRE is not required, but it is highly recommended.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.
* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: July 23, 2015