Alberta On-Campus Master's of Science in Biochemistry Degrees
Masters in Biochemistry campus 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 campus masters students may pursue careers in public and private organizations.
Biochemistry masters students should ideally possess the following qualities:
- Interest in scientific research
- Background in life sciences
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Strong mathematical skills
Masters in Biochemistry Campus Programs and Curriculum
Most masters in biochemistry campus programs require 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. Biochemistry Ph.D. programs 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 campus 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.
Graduate courses vary among institutions; general courses may include the study of:
- Molecular biology
- Protein methods
- General biochemistry
- Molecular genetics
- Intermediary metabolism
On-Campus Masters of Biochemistry Career Paths
Biochemists have a variety of career options. Typically they will work in laboratories or offices focused on conducting experiments, analyzing
experimental outcomes, and finding real world applications for scientific discoveries. Biochemists may pursue careers in the following industries:
- Research and Development
- Pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing
- Academic research
- University or College Professors
- Government research
Masters in Biochemistry Salary and Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary of biochemists and biophysicists in 2012 was $81,480. The top 10% of earners salaries exceeded $147,350 and the bottom 10% of earners salaries were below $41,430. Individuals working as druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers earned a median salary of $103,390, research and development professionals earned a median salary of $86,530, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers earned a median salary of $82,490, those employed by testing laboratories earned $74,230, and academic researchers earned a median salary of $52,990. The BLS projects that job growth for biochemists will be 19% between 2012 and 2022.
The graph below provides detail about the median salaries of biochemists employed in selected industries: of some common occupations for biochemists:
- Edmonton, ABEdmonton, AB
University of Alberta
The Department of Biochemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor ofPhilosophy. Both require the completion of a r...
- Calgary, ABCalgary, AB
University of Calgary
The Biochemistry and Structural Biology program at the University of Calgary places an emphasis on biophysical studies of proteins and their interacti...
- Lethbridge, ABLethbridge, AB
University of Lethbridge
The Master of Science program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a Master's degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses.