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M.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics

M.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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The graduate program in Biochemistry/Biophysics leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the mechanisms governing the workings of biological macromolecules. The emphasis in the graduate program is placed upon experimental research work to train students to carry out independent original research. Students are required, however, to complete formal course work in advanced biochemistry and physical biochemistry and biophysics. Additional courses and seminars are available in a wide range of subjects, including enzyme regulation and mechanism, neurobiology, immunology, structural biology including protein crystallography, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electron microscopy, membrane biology, molecular microscopy, biophysical chemistry, neuroscience, sensory transduction, chemo-mechanical energy transduction and computation. Applicants are expected to have strong backgrounds in the physical sciences with undergraduate majors in any related field, such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or physics. The course requirements for the PhD are formulated individually for each student to complement the student's previous academic work with the goal of providing a broad background in the physics and chemistry of biological processes. Research for the PhD dissertation is carried out under the personal supervision of a faculty adviser; advisers can be from any department within the Division of Science. Prospective applicants should obtain the complete list of faculty research interests and recent publications from the program or view this information at: The graduate program in biochemistry leading to the degree of Master of Science is designed to give students a substantial understanding of the chemical and molecular events in biological processes and experience in research. The program is divided among formal course work, biochemical and biophysical techniques, and a research project. Additional courses and seminars are available in a wide range of subjects. Program of Study The MS program in Biochemistry and Biophysics is a two-year program, designed to accommodate students with previous academic majors in a wide range of fields, including biology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, engineering, and physics. The required program of study consists of four one-semester courses (BCHM 101a, BCHM 103b, BCHM 104b and one other advanced level course from the School of Science, approved in advance by the graduate program chair) with a grade of B- or higher. All students are required to take BCHM 101a in the first semester, and both BCHM 103b and BCHM 104b in the second semester All students are required to take Responsible Conduct of Science (CONT 300b), usually offered in the spring. Students may be asked to leave the program at the end of a semester if their progress is found to be unsatisfactory at the discretion of the graduate committee. Satisfactory progress includes receiving grades of B- or higher in all courses, successfully joining a lab after the student’s first semester, and demonstrating adequate research progress thereafter as determined by the graduate committee.