Biology, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7248 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    3465 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #42 (WUR) ,
The Department offers graduate training in many areas of biology with particular strengths in Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Evolution, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Behaviour, Neurobiology, Plant Biology and Bioinformatics.


Graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered. The emphasis in both programs is on development of the intellectual and technical skills necessary for independent research.

The main component of both degrees is a thesis embodying the results of original research. Formal course requirements are few and are largely intended to fill gaps in the students background.

Programme Structure

The Department offers graduate training in many areas of biology with particular strengths in the following areas:
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics;
  • Cell and Developmental Biology;
  • Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation;
  • Evolution;
  • Neurobiology;
  • Bioinformatics;
  • Plant Biology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Choosing a Supervisor
Please list the names of any professors with whom you would be interested in working on the Web Application under "Supervisor preference". You should also contact them individually (by phone, letter or email) at the same time or shortly before you submit your application.Please see the list of Faculty members to view the contact information as well as their areas of research.
  • CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average)
Applicants must have a B.Sc. in a discipline relevant to the proposed field of study with an overall Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 or a Grade Point Average of 3.2/4.0 in the last two full-time academic years. Students who wish to be fast tracked to Ph D1 with a B Sc, must have a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.
  • Transcripts
As of Fall 2013, students are required to upload unofficial transcripts in support of their web applications.
  • Letters of Recommendation
Referees will be contacted and instructed by McGill about how to upload their letter of reference to the system.The department requires applicants to provide two letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with their work; McGill undergraduates who wish to ask their prospective McGill supervisor to write a letter on their behalf must submit a total of three letters of recommendation. There is NO SPECIAL FORM for the reference letters.

The e-mail communicating the electronic letter must be sent from a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address (domain). Electronic letters sent from public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Videotron cannot be accepted.

Letters must be specific as to which program the student has applied to and must include information that would aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.

Letters must be dated and must not be more than 12 months old; this time period conforms to best practices for other documents submitted in support of an application to GPS.

The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution, to allow for 3rd party verification when necessary.
  • Research Proposal
Please provide a brief description of your proposed research (1/2 page maximum)
  • Personal Statement
An essay (1 page maximum) in which the applicant describes their reasons for applying to graduate studies in Biology and reviews prior research experience, educational and professional goals, and other qualifications the applicant feels to be significant.
  • CV
The CV (2 page maximum) should include (where applicable) academic credentials; research, teaching, and other work experience; honors, awards, grants, fellowships, publications, and other significant achievements.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7248 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3465 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3465 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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