The program information below is valid for the fall 2023 term (September 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Graduate research fields

  • Bioinformatics, Systematics and Evolution
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A 75% overall standing, or equivalent in a Master of Science (MSc) degree in a relevant field.
    • Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors. It is a good strategy to identify whether the potential supervisors that students would like to undertake research with have available positions and funding.
    • There is also an option of transferring from the Master's program to the Doctoral program. This is not a routine option, but can be approved on a case-by-case basis for suitably qualified individuals. Further information is available from the Department Graduate Officer.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete 2 one-term graduate courses (0.50 unit weight) accepted for credit by the Department of Biology. A minimum of 1 course should be from the Biology course offerings.
    • For candidates who do not hold a Master's degree, the requirement will be a minimum of 4 one-term graduate courses (0.50 unit weight). A minimum of 2 courses should be from the Biology course offerings.
    • Undergraduate level courses cannot be credited towards the PhD degree requirements.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • PhD Seminar
    • Students will make a formal presentation on their research at an annual symposium or other designated event.
  • PhD Thesis Proposal
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • Students are required to meet the University-level PhD Comprehensive Examination minimum requirements outlined in the “Minimum requirements for the PhD degree” section of the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar (GSAC).
  • PhD Thesis
    • Students must submit and defend a thesis, embodying the results of original research.