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
Friday, February 5, 2021
Study credits herd immunity for stopping avian cholera among sea ducks
In this study, researchers from Carleton University (CU) and scientists at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) followed the effects of avian cholera over an eight-year period on a population of northern common eider ducks returning to breed in Nunavut. This large sea duck species breeds in the Arctic and nests on northern islands or...
Friday, February 5, 2021
Grad Research: Looking at Improving the Lives of People Living With Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain is something many people know too well, and is very much something that affects their lives. Stephanie Norlock, a second-year Master’s Neuroscience student has been using computational approaches to study pathological mechanisms driving chronic pain within the spinal cord. “Understanding functional differences...
Monday, November 23, 2020
Ontario’s Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve are Determined to Keep it Intact.
The heart of eastern North America's last, great forest corridor is threatened by development, but the people of Ontario's Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve are determined to keep it intact. Biosphere Reserves are a way to think about nature that includes people as part of the environment. Industry, landowners, residents, and First Nations are all...