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Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences

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CONTACT

Graduate Chair: Dr. Xiao Qiu

Graduate Secretary: fabs.gradstudies@usask.ca

Phone: (306) 966-2181

Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5A8

I've been very impressed with the structure of the graduate program here at the U of S. My M.Sc. advisory committee is thoroughly interested in my research and my success in the program. The enthusiasm of my supervisor keeps things exciting and me motivated. I have had access to some fantastic on-campus resources including the Canadian Light Source and Structural Sciences Centre. Through my generous scholarship, that also provides money for travel to conferences, I am able to live well and focus on my research.

Hayley Rutherford

M.Sc. student in the area of lipid nanostructures

Applied Microbiology

Saskatchewan, Canada is known as the "bread basket of Canada", referring to its strength as a primary producer of agricultural commodities and its contributions to agro-biological science and biotechnology. These areas extend the scope of the agriculture to food and bioproducts. Historically, the Food and Bioproducts Sciences Department has two streams of research; food science and applied microbiology. Both of these areas involve the application of science and technology in pre- and post-harvest agriculture and in adding value to primary agriproducts. In recent years, the boundary between the two steams has become vague. This has pushed the research frontier beyond traditional food and microbial products. The Food and Bioproduct Sciences Department aims to fully utilize renewable bioresources to produce healthy foods and environmentally friendly bioproducts to support a sustainable bioeconomy.

Applied microbiology is the study of the microbial world and the way it interacts with our own. It looks at how we can harness and utilize the powers of the microbes in areas ranging from biotechnology to pest control, to bio-refineries, to pharmaceutical applications. A wide range of microbial bioproducts are possible.

The Food and Bioproduct Sciences Department has a wide breadth of expertise. Faculty interests include: value-added crop utilization; novel techniques to detect food adulteration; lipid quality and utilization; food nanotechnology; food enzymology; meat quality; microbial bioproducts; lipid biotechnology; food and environmental microbiology; protein quality and utilization; and mycology, microbial biotechnology and bioproducts.

The Department of Food and Bioproducts is housed in the state-of-the-art College of Agriculture building, a prominent edifice on the beautiful U of S campus. This research driven unit focuses on small class size, ready access to and help from faculty supervisors, and hands-on experiential training in numerous high-caliber facilities, including: food and bioproduct chemistry and analysis laboratories; food microbiology laboratories; molecular and environmental microbiology laboratories; product development and sensory evaluation laboratories; biotechnology research facilities; and food and bioproduct processing facilities.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Our terms start in September, May and January. International applications should be completed (and student accepted) at least 3 months prior to the start of the term to allow time for processing of student visa documents.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Most food and bioproduct sciences students recieve a student stipend and/or scholarship. Funding sources include:

External Scholarships: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, Canadian Wheat Board, Fellowships, J.H. Wesson Memorial Scholarship.

Internal Scholarships: Dean's Scholarships, Department Devolved Graduate Scholarships (DS), College of Agriculture and Bioresources Postgraduate Scholarships, Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF).

CAREER PATH

With a postgraduate degree or diploma in Applied Microbiology or Food Science, students have numerous unique career opportunities in the agri-food sector within Canada and throughout the world. Food and bioproduct sciences graduates play leadership roles in academia, government or agri-food or bio-based industries. These students occupy key positions in management, research and development and quality assurance.

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.Agr. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Four-year Honours (B.S.A. Honours) or a Bachelor of Science Four-year Honours (B.Sc.Four-year Honours) or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • A minimum scholastic standing of 70% Cumulative Weighted Average in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

M.Sc. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Four-year Honours (B.S.A. Honours) or a Bachelor of Science Four-year Honours (B.Sc.Four-year Honours) or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • A minimum scholastic standing of 70% Cumulative Weighted Average in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Adequate preparation to undertake research work is required

Ph.D. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Microbiology or a cognate subject from a recognized university
  • Minimum scholastic standing of 70% Cumulative Weighted Average
  • Adequate preparation to undertake research work
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college