Human Genetics, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    15942 CAD/year
    Tuition fee
    7226 CAD/year
    Tuition fee
    2328 CAD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English


Master of Science (M.Sc.); Human Genetics Bioinformatics

Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option at the M.Sc. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics Option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases and the use of algorithms and statistics.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Human Genetics Bioethics

McGill University offers specialized education in bioethics to graduate students in the Faculties of Medicine, Religious Studies, and Law, and the Department of Philosophy. The Master's degree Specialization in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary academic program that emphasizes both the conceptual and the practical aspects of bioethics.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Genetic Counselling

The M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling program provides the academic foundation and clinical training required for the contemporary practice of genetic counselling. Genetic counsellors are health professionals who provide information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions.

Genetic counsellors investigate the problem present in the family, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available options with the family. Some counsellors also work in administrative and academic capacities, and many engage in research activities.

The curriculum includes a variety of required courses in human genetics and other departments, and 40 weeks of supervised clinical training spread over four semesters. Graduates will be eligible to sit for both the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and the American Board of Genetic Counselling certification examinations.

Upon completion of the M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling program, students will demonstrate competence in, or satisfactory knowledge of: principles of human genetics, including cytogenetics, biochemical, molecular, and population genetics; methods of interviewing and counselling, and the dynamics of human behaviour in relation to genetic disease; and social, legal, and ethical issues in genetics. Enrolment will be limited to four students.

Programme Structure

Areas of specialization include:
  • biochemical genetics,
  • genetics of development,
  • animal models of human diseases,
  • cancer genetics,
  • molecular pathology,
  • gene therapy,
  • genetic dissection of complex traits,
  • genetics of infectious and inflammatory diseases,
  • non-mendelian genetics,
  • bioinformatics,
  • behavioural genetics,
  • neurogenetics,
  • bioethics,
  • genomics.

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

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Academic Requirements

  • B.Sc. minimum CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0, or 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two full-time academic years;
  • A minimum of 6 credits in cellular and molecular biology or biochemistry, 3 credits in mathematics or statistics, and 3 credits in genetics.
Admission is based on acceptance by a research director who has agreed to provide adequate funding for the duration of the academic program and on an evaluation by the Graduate Training Committee.Prospective graduate students should complete the online application form and indicate at least three faculty members they are interested in working with.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15942 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15942 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7226 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7226 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    2328 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2328 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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