The PhD in Biology is a research-intensive program that will enhance your expertise while placing an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Our faculty members work in a wide variety of biological sciences, including (1) cell/molecular biology, genomic and synthetic biology; as well as (2) Ecology, evolution and conservation. Working closely with a faculty mentor, you will master modern research methods while enlarging your disciplinary knowledge, analytical skills and critical thinking. You will gain an in-depth understanding of current scientific literature and the training, knowledge and techniques needed to become an effective and engaged scientist. Montreal's status as a major centre for applied research means you'll benefit from an academic ecosystem that includes four major universities and their research centres, federal and provincial agencies and a thriving private sector that frequently seeks partnerships with academic researchers.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
Please see theBiology Coursespage for course descriptions.
Biology PhD (90 credits)
credits chosen from the following courses, or from any of the Biology PhD Advanced Topics or Reading Courses. Other courses in the list may be chosen upon recommendation of the supervisory committee and the Graduate Program Director:
•BIOL 616Current Advances in Ecological Research (3.00)
•BIOL 670Scientific Communication (3.00)
•BIOL 671Scanning Electron Microscopy (3.00)
•BIOL 801Pedagogical training (3.00)
•BIOL 802Research seminar (3.00)
•BIOL 850Research proposal and qualifying exam (6.00)
•BIOL 890Research and Thesis (75.00)
Biology PhD Advanced Topics or Reading Courses
•BIOL 601Readings in Ecology and Behaviour I (3.00)
•BIOL 602Readings in Cell and Molecular Biology I (3.00)
•BIOL 606Readings in Organismal Biology I (3.00)
•BIOL 607Readings in Ecology and Behaviour II (3.00)
•BIOL 608Readings in Cell and Molecular Biology II (3.00)
•BIOL 609Readings in Organismal Biology II (3.00)
•BIOL 612Advanced Topics in Evolution (3.00)
•BIOL 613Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology (3.00)
•BIOL 614Advanced Topics in Ecology (3.00)
•BIOL 615Advanced Topics in Animal Biology (3.00)
•BIOL 630Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics (3.00)
•BIOL 631Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (3.00)
•BIOL 632Advanced Topics in Cell Biology (3.00)
•BIOL 635Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics (3.00)
•BIOL 640Advanced Topics in Plant Biology (3.00)
•BIOL 680Advanced Topics in Biology (3.00)
•BIOL 685Advanced Topics in Microbiology (3.00)
•CHEM 670Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics (3.00)
At least a B average overall during the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate studies.
A thesis supervisor chosen by mutual agreement among the student, the Graduate Studies Committee and the potential supervisor.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.
Gain broad-based knowledge in the study of genomics, proteomics, molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and bioinformatics. Prepare to enter the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries or to pursue further graduate studies.