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Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

Location

  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • 3775 University Street
  • Montreal, QC H3A 2B4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3061
  • Fax: 514-398-7052
  • Email: grad [dot] microimm [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/microimm

About Microbiology and Immunology

The Department offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D. Each program is tailored to fit the needs and backgrounds of individual students. The graduate program is designed to offer students state-of-the-art training, concentrating on four key areas of research: cellular and molecular immunology, microbial physiology and genetics, molecular biology of viruses, and medical microbiology. Basic research discoveries in microbiology may lead to improved drug design and vaccine development to treat and prevent diseases. The Department has many notable facilities and resources, including a cell sorter, ultra centrifuges, confocal microscope, real-time PCR facilities, cryostat for immunocytochemistry, and facilities for radio-isotope studies and infectious diseases. We foster close ties with McGill’s teaching hospitals and research centres to promote multidisciplinary research.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology and Immunology (Thesis) (45 credits)
The primary goal of this program is to provide students with unique opportunities to learn experimental designs and fundamental research techniques, and objectively synthesize information from scientific literature. These tools enable the students to focus on major research topics offered by the Department: molecular microbiology, mycology, microbial physiology, virology, genetics, immunology, drug design, and aspects of host-parasite relationships. Each M.Sc. student chooses their preferred major research area and research supervisor. Following an interview, the student is presented with a research topic and offered a studentship (amounts vary). Each student then must register for our graduate courses (two seminars, two reading and conference courses, and three current topics). If pertinent to the student’s research program, the research adviser may advise the student to take additional courses. Most of our students, after one year, are proficient researchers, and some first authors of a research publication. About 70% of the M.Sc. students elect to enter into our Ph.D. program. The remaining students advance their microbiology background by opting to enter into medicine, epidemiology, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical disciplines.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology and Immunology
The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to create a self-propelled researcher, proficient in experimental designs and advanced methodologies applicable to the varied and rapidly changing disciplines in microbiology and immunology. Close research supervision and bi-weekly laboratory sessions impart the requisite research discipline and objective assessment of acquired or published research data. A Ph.D. student, if promoted from our M.Sc. program, without submitting the thesis, is required to register for one graduate seminar and one reading and conference course, but the bulk of his/her time is devoted to research. Other requirements include a yearly presentation of the accumulated research data to the Ph.D. supervisory committee, successfully clearing the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, two years after registration into the Ph.D. program, and finally submission of a thesis. The research theme must be original, and the acquired data and hypothesis must be defended orally by the student. Each student receives a stipend for the entire duration and a minimum six-semester residency is required for the completion of the program.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Microbiology and Immunology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Master's

Candidates are required to hold a B.Sc. degree in microbiology and immunology, biology, biochemistry, or another related discipline; those with the M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees are also eligible to apply. The minimum grade point average (GPA) for acceptance into the program is 3.2 out of 4.0. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

  • Paper-Based Test (PBT): a minimum score of 575
  • Internet-Based Test (iBT): a minimum overall score of 95
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): a minimum overall band score of 7.0

The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.

Ph.D.

Students who have satisfactorily completed an M.Sc. degree in microbiology and immunology, a biological science, or biochemistry, or highly qualified students enrolled in the departmental M.Sc. program, may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to approach academic staff members during or before the application process since no applicants are accepted without a supervisor.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Letter from a prospective supervisor

Application Deadlines

All applications and documents must be submitted by the application deadlines.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 1 Fall: March 15 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: Jan. 15 Summer: Jan. 15 Summer: Jan. 15
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Location

  • Institute of Parasitology
  • Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada

About Biotechnology

Non-thesis Graduate Certificate and M.Sc.(Applied) degree in Biotechnology.

The non-thesis program in Biotechnology offers a course-based curriculum with practical training in laboratory courses and internships offered through the Institute of Parasitology. The Institute is housed on Macdonald Campus of McGill University in beautiful Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue about 30 kilometers from the Montreal main campus downtown.

Graduates typically enter the biotechnology sector in research, management, or sales, or accept government positions.

BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Biotechnology (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in the biological/molecular sciences or an equivalent program. This applied master's program is unique in Quebec. It aims to prepare students for entry into the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry or to pursue further graduate studies in biomedicine, agriculture, or the environment. Students can choose from a wide range of complementary courses given throughout the McGill campuses to “design” their own program toward a future career choice. The program provides in-house training in molecular biology with a strong focus on the molecular/biochemical sciences. Concurrently, it provides teaching in management and gives students the opportunity to look at the business aspect of biotechnology. A research internship of four to eight months is carried out in an active laboratory, and students learn to present and write research results. Graduates will find jobs ranging from positions as research assistants and/or technicians in biomedical or pharmaceutical laboratories to managerial or supervisory positions. They may also pursue a career in the business of biotechnology including patent and intellectual property management.
Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (16 credits)
Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in the biological/molecular sciences or an equivalent program. This is a short, intense program for students wishing to deepen their understanding of biotechnology and gain hands-on experience via an intensive laboratory course using the latest molecular biology techniques. Students can choose from a wide range of complementary courses given throughout the McGill campuses to “design” their own program toward a future career choice. Graduates will find employment in research or industrial laboratories as assistants and/or technicians.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Biotechnology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate and the M.Sc.(Applied) in Biotechnology must possess a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or equivalent with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/4.0 GPA in the last two full-time years of university study for the Graduate Certificate, and a minimum of 3.2/4.0 CGPA for the M.Sc.(A.), as well as prerequisites or equivalents. Prerequisites or equivalents: applicants are required to have sufficient background in biochemistry, cellular biology, and molecular biology, preferably at an advanced level for the Master's Applied.

Qualifying Students

Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected, may be admitted to a Qualifying program if they have met the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0. The course(s) to be taken in a Qualifying program will be prescribed by the academic unit concerned. Qualifying students are registered in graduate studies, but not as candidates for a degree. Only one Qualifying year is permitted. Successful completion of a Qualifying Program does not guarantee admission to a degree program.

Financial Support – Financial support for Biotechnology programs is very limited. Students must secure funding from governmental agencies or be self-sufficient. International students are strongly encouraged to secure funding from their home country or international agencies. More information is found at www.mcgill.ca/biotechgradprog/admissions/tuition.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Other Supporting Documents – Other documents may be required for the admission process. Please consult the Biotechnology website at www.mcgill.ca/biotechgradprog/admissions for full details of the admission process.
  • The GRE is not required, but it is highly recommended.

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 1 Fall: March 15 Fall: N/A
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

It may be necessary to delay review of the applicant’s file until the following admittance period if application materials including supporting documents are received after the application deadlines. International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Parasitology

Parasitology

Location

  • Institute of Parasitology
  • Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7722
  • Fax: 514-398-7857
  • Email: gradstudies [dot] macdonald [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/parasitology

About Parasitology

M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis research degrees in Parasitology, with Bioinformatics and Environment options; and non-thesis Graduate Certificate and M.Sc. (Applied) degree in Biotechnology.

The Institute of Parasitology teaches and researches the phenomenon of parasitism of humans and livestock. The nutrition/parasitism interface is also examined. Current research involvement includes the biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, pharmacology, control, ecology, epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and population and molecular genetics of parasitic organisms, viruses, and cancer cells. The non-thesis programs in Biotechnology offer a course-based curriculum with practical training in laboratory courses and internships.

The Institute is housed in its own building adjacent to the Macdonald Campus Library and has well-equipped laboratories. A confocal microscopy suite and a FACSAria cell sorting facility are available on site. Small and large animal facilities are present on the Macdonald campus. The Institute is affiliated with the McGill Centre for Tropical Diseases at the Montreal General Hospital.

Graduates typically go on to become career research scientists, enter the biotechnology sector in research, management, or sales, or accept government positions.

Parasitology Programs

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Parasitology (Thesis) (46 credits)
A research project is undertaken in an area of parasitology under the direction of a supervisor, and a thesis is produced. Coursework is minimal. Graduates have gone on to medical school, to teaching positions, or have found employment in scientific fields.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Parasitology (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (47 credits)
A research project is undertaken in an area of parasitology under the direction of a supervisor, and a thesis is produced. This option involves additional coursework specializing in bioinformatics, and graduates are highly trained professionals with expertise in bioinformatics.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Parasitology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
A research project is undertaken under the direction of a supervisor, and a thesis is produced. This option involves extra coursework in topics relevant to the environment and is suitable for students interested in environmental issues. Graduates find employment in science and/or the environment, such as management or consulting positions in the emerging field of environmental protection, or go on to further graduate studies.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Parasitology
An advanced, original research project is undertaken in an area of parasitology supervised by faculty staff. Coursework is minimal. Graduates are well suited for teaching positions in academia or research careers in a university or private industry laboratory.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Parasitology — Bioinformatics
An advanced, original research project in an area of parasitology is undertaken supervised by faculty staff, and a thesis is produced. Additional coursework in the field of bioinformatics is required for this option. Graduates are well suited for a teaching or research career, especially where there is particular emphasis on the science of bioinformatics.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Parasitology — Environment
An advanced, original research project in an area of parasitology is undertaken supervised by faculty staff, and a thesis is produced. There is additional coursework on environmental topics for this option. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, industry, or government, especially where the focus is on environmental protection or management of valuable natural resources, such as water.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

Parasitology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Candidates for either the M.Sc. or the Ph.D. thesis research degree should possess a bachelor's degree in the biological or medical sciences with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2/4.0 (second class – upper division). High grades are expected in courses considered by the academic unit to be preparatory to the graduate program. Previous experience in parasitology is not essential.

Qualifying Students

Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected, may be admitted to a Qualifying program if they have met the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0. The course(s) to be taken in a Qualifying program will be prescribed by the academic unit concerned. Qualifying students are registered in graduate studies, but not as candidates for a degree. Only one Qualifying year is permitted. Successful completion of a Qualifying program does not guarantee admission to a degree program.

Financial Aid – Financial aid is very limited and highly competitive. It is suggested that students give serious consideration to their financial planning before submitting an application. Normally, a student will not be accepted unless adequate financial support can be provided by the student and/or the student’s supervisor. Academic units cannot guarantee financial support via teaching assistantships or other funds.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Acceptance to all thesis research programs depends on a staff member agreeing to serve as the student’s supervisor and the student obtaining financial support.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to secure funding from their home country or international agencies.
  • Other Supporting Documents – Other documents may be required for the admission process. Please consult the Parasitology website at www.mcgill.ca/parasitology/graduatestudies/admission for full details.

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 30 Fall: April 30 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: November 15 Winter: September 30 Winter: Same as Canadian/International
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

It may be necessary to delay review of the applicant’s file until the following admittance period if application materials including supporting documents are received after the application deadlines. International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013).

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