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    Graduate Studies

    With over 30 faculty research labs for graduate student participation in a broad range of research areas...


The Biology Department offers graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. There are over thirty faculty research labs for graduate student participation in a broad range of research areas. The average program length is 2 to 3 years for a M.Sc. and 4 to 5 years for a Ph.D. There are approximately 80 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students currently in the program.

Our graduate programs teach the research and communication skills required for successful careers as independent scientists. Graduates go on to careers in universities, research institutions, or the biotechnology industry, and a growing number choose areas such as consulting, science writing, technology transfer, and patent law.

Graduate News

McMaster steps up to NPRI University Challenge

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Group photo following presentation to Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) scientists at Canada Centre for Inland... Read more

Natalie D’Silva receives Schlumberger fellowship

Friday, 23 November 2018

Natalie D’Silva won’t be at the FirstOntario Concert Hall today to walk across the stage and receive her PhD. Instead, she’ll be at Brown... Read more

Scientists uncover crucial biological circuits

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tiny microscopic worms, invisible to the naked eye, are helping scientists to better understand an extraordinarily complex biological pathway that connects fat to overall health... Read more

Sarah Marzec wins poster award

Friday, 1 September 2017

Sarah Marzec has won the 2nd Biennial Meeting Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Read more

2016 / 17 Graduate Research Day

Monday, 6 February 2017

Join us for the 4th annual Graduate Research Day Ewart Angus Centre and HSC-1A6 – February 23, 2017 Read more

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