Our Capital Advantage

  • Ottawa is home to a large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres.
  • Ottawa is also home to several government departments and agencies that are involved in research in areas of interest to our students and research faculty.
  • As well, over 100 companies in the Ottawa region are conducting research in medical, agricultural, and environmental biotechnology.
  • Ottawa is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s most livable and safe cities.
  • Ottawa is one of the most picturesque capitals in the world – with tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and architectural landmarks scattered throughout.

Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB)

If you pursue a graduate degree in Biology at Carleton you will belong to the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB), one of the largest biology graduate programs in Canada. This Institute combines the resources, courses, equipment and expertise of over 80 faculty and 50 adjunct professors from the Departments of Biology of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

The Institute was formed in 1982 by the amalgamation of the graduate programs of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Our Programs

Carleton’s graduate programs in Biology offer students a chance to engage in hands-on research. Students 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.

The MSc program typically takes two years of full-time study to complete. The PhD program typically takes four to five years of full-time study to complete. Part-time study is available.