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.
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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
3 credits – Chosen from
BIOL 616 - Current Advances in Ecological Research (3 credits)
BIOL 670 - Scientific Communication (3 credits)
BIOL 671 - Scanning Electron Microscopy (3 credits)
Or any of the Advanced Topics or Reading Courses listed at the end of the Biology calendar entry. Other courses in the list may be chosen upon recommendation of the supervisory committee and the Graduate Program Director.
3 credits – Pedagogical Training
BIOL 801 - Pedagogical training (3 credits)
3 credits – Research Seminar
BIOL 802 - Research seminar (3 credits)
6 credits – Research Proposal and Qualifying Exam
BIOL 850 - Research proposal and qualifying exam (6 credits)
2. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work. When you are accepted by a supervisor, forward an email with your supervisors approval to firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include your full name and student ID number as well as the email exchange with the approval of the supervisor.
International students are advised to apply by the following deadlines to allow adequate time to obtain immigration documents: Fall Term by February 1; Winter Term by June 1. Canadian residents: Late applications may be considered. Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.
We’re committed to providing students the support they need to focus on their studies. Top students benefit from scholarships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and research stipends, usually in the amount of at least $15,000 a year.
Our students have also received support from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Additionally, internal awards and tuition remissions are available on a competitive basis for incoming students.
The departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the Faculty of Arts and Science are seeking graduate students for specific research areas. Please visit this page for new opportunities regularly.
You’ll benefit from access to 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.