The Master of Science program in biology is research-intensive with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Guided by a research supervisor and committee members, students develop expertise and master modern research methodology while expanding their knowledge and analytical and critical thinking skills. Students also develop an in-depth understanding of current scientific literature and enhance communication skills. This degree gives students the training, knowledge and techniques to become effective scientists.
The main fields of research include cell biology, biochemistry, conservation biology, ecology, animal behaviour, evolutionary biology, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology and population genetics.
Concordia students participate in a wide range of research projects funded through provincial and federal governmental agencies and industry. Top-notch research is supported by cutting-edge specialized equipment and facilities.
Montreal is a major centre for academic research, with four universities and a number of other research institutions. Students will have the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary collaborative research projects involving students and faculty from these other centres while achieving their academic goals.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study.
Courses. Three 3-credit courses (9 credits), to be chosen in consultation with the candidate’s advisory committee.
Thesis (BIOL 696, 36 credits). The thesis will be examined by a committee composed of the student’s supervisory committee plus a third examiner chosen at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director. An oral examination chaired by the Graduate Program Director or his/her designate will be conducted before the examining committee to test the student’s ability to defend the thesis.
Seminars. Each student is expected to attend and participate in departmental seminars. In addition, students will be required to present a short (20-30 minutes) seminar to the department on their research once during their residency, normally on completion of their first year.
Admission Requirements. The admission requirement is a BSc degree or equivalent with specialization in biology with good standing (B average) from a recognized university. Exceptionally, applicants not meeting the GPA requirement may be admitted on the basis of outstanding academic letters of reference, good performance and high standing in advanced courses or exceptional research experience.
Prospective students are encouraged to communicate with potential supervisors before submitting their application. Late applications accepted. Contact the Graduate Program Director for details.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Main fields of research include biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, conservation biology, ecology and behaviour, evolutionary biology, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology, population genetics and proteomics.
The Department’s activities are supported by a number of specialized facilities including a greenhouse, animal holding facilities, epifluorescent and confocal microscopes, darkrooms, instrument rooms with centrifuges, spectrophotometers, basic biochemical instrumentation, a sterile transfer laboratory, cold rooms, environment controlled rooms and radioisotope laboratories.
Assistance is available for qualified candidates, on a competitive basis, in the form of teaching assistantships, university scholarships, fellowships, research grant stipends or bursaries, that provide a minimum of $15,000 a year.