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Below are some resources that Graduate Students can use to further their studies at the graduate level:

Conducting Research

Did you know?
McGill is the most research intensive university in Canada, both in terms of sponsored research income per full-time faculty member and in terms of peer-reviewed publications per full-time faculty member.
When all sources and programs are counted for all McGill units, including affiliated hospitals, McGill’s total sponsored research income consistently surpasses the half-billion dollar mark.

Animal Subjects

McGill University and affiliated hospitals follow the guidelines established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care. All research, testing and teaching programs involving the use of animals must be reviewed prior to the start of any experimental work to ensure that animals are humanely cared for and that the "3R" tenet is respected: replacing the use of animals by alternative methods if possible, reducing the number of animals used and refining the techniques so that pain and discomfort are minimized. Guidelines, forms, procedures and other relevant data can be found on the Animal Care Committee website.

Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects, including student projects conducted for thesis or course requirements, requires ethics review and approval before the research can begin. The requirement for review covers a wide range of activities, encompassing the humanities, the social and behavioural sciences, as well as the biomedical sciences.

Research involving human subjects runs the gamut from observing people in the mall to conducting a clinical oncology trial. It can include surveys and questionnaires, individual interviews or focus groups, physiological, psychological or educational testing, tissue collection, as well as therapeutic interventions. For further information students should consult the McGill Research Ethics Board website.  

On-Line Interactive TCPS Tutorial

Do you do research with human participants? Here is crucial information to become a responsible researcher.

All students, postdocs and their supervisors should use this new on-line tutorial on Research Ethics that was released by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE), a multidisciplinary body mandated by the three granting agencies to further develop the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, (TCPS).

This tutorial is a voluntary independent learning tool covering the first five chapters of the TCPS. It includes case studies, progress checks and a printable certificate of completion. The Tutorial is the only one of its kind in Canada in regards to research ethics involving humans and is offered in both French and English.

This tool will facilitate the use, interpretation and implementation of the TCPS for researchers, students, members of Research Ethics Boards, administrators, research participants and the general public. Many universities and institutions have already adopted the TCPS-Tutorial in the graduate curricula.

Support for oral and written communication

Graphos is McGill's writing program designed specifically for graduate students. Graphos offers 1-credit writing and oral communication courses, workshops, peer writing groups, dissertation writing retreats, a writing commons, and a tutorial service.

If you're interested in improving your French, PGSS offers courses from beginner to advanced French conversation. For more information, visit www.pgss.mcgill.ca under the "News and Events – Leisure Courses" section.

Learning to Teach

Teaching Assistantships

As a graduate student, you may have the opportunity to become a teaching assistant. At McGill, teaching assistants play a vital role in the educational process. Graduate assistantships are part of McGill funding and may be a part of your personalized funding package. Be aware that the elements of your funding package may change from year to year.

Teaching assistants provide support to McGill professors and lecturers in a variety of ways. They may lead labs, seminars, study sessions and offer one-on-one office hours to enhance the undergraduate learning experience. Since there is a large undergraduate population at McGill, there is ample opportunity to hold teaching assistantships during your program.

Being a teaching assistant is a rewarding experience. As a teaching assistant, you have the opportunity to contribute to the undergrad learning experience. You will also gain valuable experience in teaching, facilitation, supervision and evaluation. Teaching assistantships are an excellent opportunity for professional development, especially if you are considering an academic career in teaching.

As a teaching assistant you may:
• lead undergraduate discussion seminars, conferences or labs
• participate in teaching an undergraduate level course
• assist in the evaluation of students
• motivate students and enhance their learning experience
• conduct study and review sessions
• gain valuable experience and work under the supervision of the course supervisor



Teaching Assistantships
If you choose to become a teaching assistant, there are professional development workshops available to you. Through interactive small and large group sessions, participants will develop pedagogical knowledge and skills. Visit  to learn more about these exciting sessions.

Teaching assistantships are handled by the academic unit (department, school or institute) and may be part of your McGill funding package. Please contact the academic unit for more information on assistantships.

Association of graduate students employed at McGill
All Teaching Assistants at McGill are covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM)