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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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