Biochemistry graduate students study the chemical processes and transformations occurring in living organisms. They learn how to break complex biological systems into small parts and extract different chemical components for use in laboratory study.
Biochemistry graduate students may pursue careers in public and private organizations. Masters programs such as a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology exist for students interested in graduate work in this field.
Biochemistry graduate students should ideally possess the following qualities:
- Interest in scientific research
- Background in life sciences
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Strong mathematical skills
Biochemistry Master's Programs and Curriculum
A Masters of Science in Biochemistry program usually requires 2-3 years to complete. Many schools offer thesis and non-thesis programs of study. Research project requirements are usually included in the curriculum. In many cases the student is required to pass oral and written examinations to complete their degree. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry program may take 5-7 years to complete. It is not always necessary to obtain a master’s degree prior to pursuing a Ph.D. Most Ph.D. programs are heavily focused on research. Many programs encourage graduate students to pursue publication of their research findings. In most cases students are required to pass an oral defense of their dissertation upon culmination of their research. Some biochemistry graduate students choose to pursue a career in medicine (M.D.) following completion of a graduate program.