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Human Genetics (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Genetics offered by the Department of Human Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes engaging and challenging learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature synthesis, critical thinking, and academic writing to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

Keywords: Genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, precision medicine, genetic engineering, immunology, evolution, epidemiology, embryology, developmental, biochemical, behavioural, modeling human diseases, therapies, cancer, neurogenetics, health policy, health inequalities, law, bioethics.

Unique Program Features

  • Departmental research interests include cancer genetics, cytogenetics, reproductive biology, neurogenetics, genomic and genetic basis of human diseases;
  • Admitted students are guaranteed financial support;
  • Many Faculty members in the Department are located in McGill affiliated teaching hospitals, reflecting the medically learned knowledge at the core of human genetic studies;
  • Department Faculty members typically hold cross-appointments in various departments at McGill which enables numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The McGill departments within the Faculties of Science and Medicine include Biochemistry, Biology, Cardiology, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry;
  • The Department conducts research on all sites of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, the McGill Life Sciences Complex, the McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Biomedical Ethics Unit, and the Centre for Genomics and Policy.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Human Genetics website

Department Contact

Graduate Program dept.humangenetics [at] mcgill.ca (subject: PhD%20in%20Human%20Genetics) (email)

Available Intakes




Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 March 31
WINTER February 15 August 1 October 1
SUMMER May 15 October 1 March 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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