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Graduate Studies

The MSc and PhD Graduate training programs in the Department of Biology are focused on excellence in research across all scales of the biological world, from molecules to cells, from cells to organisms, and from organisms to ecosystems. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, and so are our trainees and faculty members. Besides doing cutting-edge research, our graduate trainees acquire professional skills, including writing and communication, which are essential for careers inside and outside of academia. McGill Biology graduate students enjoy a rigorous training program with the goal of becoming successful research scientists. A graduate degree in Biology prepares students for a wide range of careers. Alumni have gone on to pursue careers in academia and beyond, including as researchers in industry, a wildlife biologists, forensic technologists, and science policy advisors, to name a few. 

Graduate students choose a project in one of the department’s three main research focus areas, (1) Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, (2) Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and (3) Neurobiology and Behaviour, or they enroll in one of the specialized program options.

We are embedded in an outstanding and collaborative research environment with access to state-of-the art facilities, located in the heart of Montréal, a multicultural city that has been ranked among the best cities for students in the world.

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to use the links below to explore the three main research focus areas or, using the side menu, learn more about admission, the program requirements, and financial support. Current students will find information on advanced courses to choose from, progress tracking, and other useful resources they may find useful to navigate their graduate career.


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