Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology - Graduate Programs

Program Information for Future Students      Visit the Department

The MCB graduate program offers opportunities for interdisciplinary studies in molecular and cellular biology leading to the MSc and PhD degrees.

Students pursue research in an area of emphasis linked to their faculty advisor's research:
Biochemistry (BCH) | Cell Biology (CEB) | Microbiology (MICR) |
Plant Biology (PBIO) | Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG)

Faculty also participate in interdepartmental programs:
Toxicology (M.Sc.) | Biophysics (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) | Neuroscience (M.Sc & Ph.D.)

The research groups directed by the faculty are engaged in the pursuit of fundamental and applied research questions involving diverse biological systems (plants, humans and other animals, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes). In general, they follow lines of scientific enquiry at the level of molecules to cells.

Graduate Financial Support

All graduate students are guaranteed financial support through research assistantships, teaching assistantships and/or internal/external scholarships. Students with insufficient command of the English language, however, may not qualify for a Teaching Assistantship.
Tri-council scholarship holders are eligible for a top up award.
More information regarding graduate stipends is available in the MCB Graduate Studies Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the program will be considered at any time and admission may be granted for entry in January, May or September.

1. Applicants must have completed a four-year honours undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Normally, the applicant must have achieved a “B” (75%) average or higher during the last two years of full-time study. In exceptional circumstances, students with a “B-minus” average (70%) will be considered provided there is strong supporting evidence of research aptitude and potential.

2. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit an English Language Certification.  See Language Requirements.

3. Applicants must obtain the support of a faculty member willing to serve as their thesis advisor. We strongly recommend that potential graduate students contact faculty members who share their research interests BEFORE completing and submitting an official application form. A list of graduate faculty in the department is available here

To assist our faculty in making a selection from the pool of interested students, we suggest you include in your correspondence the following:

  a) courses completed (plus the mark received)
  b) relevant research and/or work experience you have, and with whom
  c) whether you have a scholarship
  d) two or three academic or research references
  e) the reason for contacting our particular faculty

How to Apply

Prospective students should apply through the Office of the Associate Dean Research (ADR) at the College of Biological Science: