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Carleton’s graduate programs in biology offer you an opportunity to work closely with internationally recognized scientists in an academically enriching and collegial environment.  Faculty members conduct cutting-edge research at all levels of biological organization, from genomics to landscape ecology.

Our programs are research-intensive. The Department of Biology is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including:

  • molecular biology laboratories;
  • microscopy and imaging facilities;
  • aquatics facility;
  • controlled-environment rooms and growth chambers; and
  • extensive green-houses.

Students benefit from our membership in the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB), a joint research-intensive collaboration with the University of Ottawa. OCIB is one of the largest centres in Canada for graduate studies and research in the biological sciences. For more information about Joint Institutes, please visit our Joint Institute website.

Our Graduate Programs

  • MSc: Biology
  • MSc: Biology with specialization in Bioinformatics
  • MSc: Biology with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology
  • MSc: Biology with collaborative master’s in Data Science
  • PhD: Biology
  • PhD: with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

All graduate programs in biology focus on hands-on research. Graduate students work closely with a faculty supervisor and can select from a wide array of possible research areas, including aspects of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cell biology, Conservation biology, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Neurobiology, Pathology and Physiology.

Research Opportunities

Prior to applying to a program, you must contact an individual faculty member to see if he/she would be willing to act as your research thesis supervisor. Note that if you would like to work with an Adjunct Professor you must also have a Biology Faculty Supervisor as a co-supervisor. See the following listings for faculty working in one of five main research areas.

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