Discoveries in biochemistry have been a primary catalyst for many of the advances in modern medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, and in the booming field of biotechnology.

Carleton University offers a Specialization in Biochemistry to current or incoming Master’s and PhD students who are registered in one of the two participating programs (Biology, Chemistry).

Students will gain knowledge and expertise on many of the key concepts, methodologies, current advances and theoretical approaches used in all major areas in Biochemistry including proteomics, genomics, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and physiology.

Many Biochemistry graduate programs are linked to medical schools and have a more human focus. Our Specialization is unique in that it provides a more “holistic” approach to biochemistry, covering areas that Biochemistry graduate programs at other Canadian universities might lack (e.g. toxicology, food science, etc.). It also covers cross-species comparisons outside of human biochemistry not found in other, more focused Biochemistry programs.

Capital Advantage

Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides a unique opportunity for our students as many government agencies, such as Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hire Biochemists as government scientists. Other institutes that have advertised for and hired Biochemists include the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), as well as local and international companies (DNA Genotek, Spartan Biosciences, Iogen Corporation, Pfizer, Gamma-Dynacare, Genome Canada, Agrisoma, Nordion, BDR Technologies, VBI Vaccines, etc.).


Graduate students have an opportunity to work with our award-winning and renowned faculty.

Application Information

Applicants wishing to apply to the Collaborative Specialization in Biochemistry must indicate this in their application(s) to the participating program(s). Students must have already found a supervisor within the Institute of Biochemistry. Applicants must be admitted to one of the participating Master’s or PhD programs.

Program Information

Length: 2 years (MSc); 4 years (PhD)

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: March 1, to be eligible for funding

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Director of Biochemistry: Véronic Bézaire (613) 520-2600 ext. 3121

Graduate Administrator (Biology): (613) 520-2600 ext. 8814

Graduate Administrator (Chemistry): (613) 520-2600 ext. 3523

Experiential Learning: Laboratory work

Pathway Options: Thesis

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