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, September 15, 2021
Carleton Researchers; Karl Loeffler-Henry and Tom Sharrett Discover Timing Is Everything When Birds Trick Predators
In nature, most animals are at risk of being attacked by predators. This has led many species to use camouflage as a means of avoiding detection. However, the effectiveness of camouflage is significantly reduced when the animal moves, leading to the need for defence adaptations when in motion.. One such adaptation, flash behaviour, is...
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Researcher of the Month: Prof. Joe Bennett
The latest video features Prof. Joe Bennett and two of his graduate students (Allison Binley Ph.D. and Jordanna Bergman Ph.D.) who research ways to conserve species. watch...
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Matt Muzzatti, a Ph.D. Student in Biology Researches: Insects as Food
Muzzatti points out that food security is a major concern for the future, and our current agricultural model is not positioned to feed our growing population. “Insects are a sustainable and nutritious alternative protein source, and a potential solution to this problem.” “I am interested in biological mechanisms behind variation in body...