GENERAL INFORMATION - Research Areas, Programs & Research Facilities

Research Areas
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. The research areas of individual staff are detailed in the academic faculty section.

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 student’s background.

Specialized Option Programs are available in the following areas:

1) NEO (Neotropical Environment)
2) Bioinformatics
3) Environment

Research Facilities
The Stewart Biology Building and the Bellini Life Sciences Complex are well equipped for graduate training and research in a wide variety of areas of biology.

Their resources are greatly extended by affiliation with the Redpath Museum, the Groupe Interuniversitaire de Recherches Océanographiques du Québec (GIROQ), the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council of Canada, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) affiliated hospitals.

Field research facilities include the Gault Nature Reserve at Mont St. Hilaire (Québec), the Morgan Arboretum (Québec), the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (New Brunswick), the Subarctic Research Laboratory (Québec), the Bellairs Research Institute (Barbados), the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), and the limnology research station at the Wilder and Helen Penfield Nature Reserve on Lake Memphremagog (Québec).


The Graduate Studies Office provides advice and information pertaining to all matters concerning Biology graduate students.