McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8N 3Z5

Biochemistry (MD/PhD)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Biochemistry
Description Combine your specialized biochemistry studies with our flexible and integrated M.D/Ph.D. program. The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University introduced its new MD/PhD Program in September, 2007. The rapid pace of healthcare related research and discovery requires exceptional people who are trained to bridge the gap between medical sciences and clinical application. The McMaster MD/PhD program combines the strength of a unique, patient-oriented and problem based medical education at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine with a strong, internationally-renowned healthcare research environment. This program was established to train the future leaders of healthcare. These individuals will be well prepared to participate in basic or clinical research and will have an ideal foundation to become leaders in integrated and translational research endeavours that will bring the promise of medical research to the reality of patient care. The program is uniquely structured to allow optimal integration of medical education and research training that starts on the first day and extends throughout this 7 year program.
Website: Biochemistry (MD/PhD) at McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 7 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplemental fees. MD/PhD students are funded during their time in the Ph.D. program curriculum at the minimum rate of $21,700 per year.
Test Scores:
  • Medical College Admission Test
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Candidates must complete the MCAT and the CASPer on-line evaluation tool. Minimum MCAT criteria includes a score of 127 or greater on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section (2015 MCAT and later) or a verbal reasoning score of 10 or greater on the pre-2015 MCAT. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are required to submit 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), a separate statement regarding their suitability, motivation, and career plans in MD/PhD studies, and a CV (which will be assessed for research experience and success). Please visit the website for complete details.

* 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: October 31, 2016