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Bioinformatics graduate option

You can now begin the registration procedure for the Bioinformatics Graduate Option. There are two steps (The Bioinformatics Option committee requires this information to make sure that you receive credit for your course work):

(1) Fill out the Bioinformatics Option Application Form 1 (see below for .pdf or .doc) and email it to the secretary [at] mcb [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (MCB secretary) .

Form 1 Application [.pdf]
Form 1 Application [.doc]

(2) Have your supervisor fill out the acknowledgement form (see below for .pdf or .doc) and email it to the secretary [at] mcb [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (MCB secretary) or the physical address given within the form.

Supervisor Letter [.pdf]
Supervisor Letter [.doc]

MSc and PhD Levels

McGill recently approved the Graduate Option in Bioinformatics at the MSc and PhD levels. Students who are interested in doing Bioinformatics research must still apply to their "home" department. That is, a student who studied Biochemistry at the undergraduate level (or MSc level) will apply to the Biochemistry department. Mathematicians would apply to the Mathematics department. If they are accepted and a supervisor is found who is interested in Bioinformatics, the student could then join the Graduate Option in Bioinformatics (BioOpt). If the student and supervisor wish, the students committee would consist of members of the home department, members of the MCB and other members relevant to the specific research proposed.

The student has to meet the requirements of their home department and additional requirements specified by the BioOpt program. The BioOpt program offers five courses open to only students within the BioOpt program. These courses are coordinated/taught by instructors from the three faculties and 14 departments.

BTEC 555 Structural Bioinformatics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BINF 621 Bioinformatics: Mol. Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


COMP 618 Bioinformatics: Funct Genomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHGY 603 Systems Biology and Biophysics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Currently Unavailable
BMDE 652 Bioinformatics: Proteomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Although course codes belong to departments, the courses are truly inter-disciplinary Bioinformatics courses that cover topics ranging from statistical analysis, computational methods, experimental design, and hypothesis testing is specific domains of biological and medical research. Students are required to complete 2 of the 5 courses in addition to a bi-weekly Bioinformatics seminar (COMP 616).

Students completing the BioOpt program will receive a degree from their home department with explicit mention of the Bioinformatics Graduate Option on the document.

Application to the Bioinformatics Graduate Option

Upon acceptance to McGill, the student is responsible for submitting a completed application to the BioOpt Program Advisory Committee.There are no official pre-requisites for the Bioinformatics Graduate Option. However the University has an official admissions process. Essentially this is meant to ensure that students have the necessary background and to help students obtain the necessary expertise to conduct research in Bioinformatics.

For further information, please contact the secretary [at] mcb [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (MCB secretary) .