Carleton’s Master of Science (MSc) and PhD 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.
Carleton biology 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, please visit the Joint Institute website.
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.
- MSc: Biology
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Biochemistry
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Bioinformatics
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Data Science
- PhD: Biology
- PhD: with specialization in Biochemistry
- 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.
- Biochemistry and Physiology
- Bioinformatics and Genomics
- Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Neurobiology and Behaviour
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Practical Learning Powers Success in Science
Creating an Impressive Research Toolkit Neuroscience graduate Elyn Rowe pursued and found the right opportunities at Carleton to create an impressive research toolkit that launched her into a PhD program right after her double major undergrad years. Awarded the Chancellor’s Medal at spring Convocation for her outstanding academic achievements,...
Friday, January 17, 2020
Biology Alumna Wins Award
Congratulations to Zoe Panchen, winner of the 2019 NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Supplement! Zoe is a member of our alumni community, having completed her PhD in Biology at Carleton University. During her doctoral studies, Zoe studied the impact of climate change on the flowering and fruiting times of Arctic plants in...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Faculty of Science 2019 Excellence Award Recipients
Each year the Faculty of Science present awards to faculty and instructors in honour of their outstanding work in teaching, supervising and mentoring our students, as well as excellence in research and the impactful contributions they have made in the overall performance of their duties. Three of the Biology Department's Faculty members were...