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
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.
Friday, July 12, 2019
Carleton students play pivotal role in Rideau waterway research
Biology PhD Student, Jordanna Bergman, is conducting research as part of a three-year project to determine the impact of human activities on the health of the Rideau ecosystem and help Parks Canada come up with effective management policies. Bergman and undergraduate Biology students Gagliardi and Killeen are catching and tagging pike and bass on...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Biology PhD Student Receives Vanier Scholarship to Support Gene Splicing Research
Biology PhD candidate Erin Vanzyl has received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) to support her research involving gene splicing. The scholarship provides recipients with $50,000 a year for three years during their doctoral studies. “This is further evidence of Carleton fostering leading researchers in the area of health and biomedical...
Monday, April 1, 2019
Congratulations to Our Two 2018-19 Biology TA Excellence Award Winners!
Each year the Biology Department awards 1 TA Excellence Award as one of the ways we acknowledge the efforts of our teaching assistants. This year we had many nominees, but 2 were particularly outstanding. Therefore, we decided to award 2 TA Excellence Awards for the 2018-19 year to Melanie Scallion and Winston Campeau! Congratulations to...