Biology MSc

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Biology MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    An MSc in Biology from McGill University allows you to gain advanced laboratory and research skills under the instruction of world-leading researchers, and to begin conducting your own research programs on a professional level.

    McGill’s Biology Department is recognised as a leader in many sub-fields, including Bioinformatics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation, Evolution, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neurobiology and Plant Biology.

    You’ll enjoy access to many research facilities, including:

    • Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados
    • Huntsman Marine Science Centre
    • Limnology research station at the Wilder and Helen Penfield Nature Reserve
    • Morgan Arboretum
    • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama
    • Subarctic Research Station
    • The Bellini Life Sciences Complex
    • The Gault Nature Reserve
    • The Stewart Biology Building

    Whether or not you take a specific ‘concentration’ (described below), you’ll primarily be learning by doing, conducting one or more research projects and presenting theses documenting your contribution to the sum of scientific knowledge.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over several years of full time study.

    Required Modules Include:

    • Master’s Research Thesis 1
    • Master’s Research Thesis 2
    • Master’s Research Thesis 3

    MgGill University’s MSc degree program in Biology includes 3 separate degree pathways, referred to as ‘specialised concentrations’. Each concentrations has its own focus and results in a different named degree.

    Specialised Concentrations Include:

    • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biology (Thesis): Environment

    This is an opportunity to conduct biological research which touches upon fields such as Anthropology, Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Epidemiology or Geography, among others.

    • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biology (Thesis): Neotropical Environment

    This is an opportunity to conduct research relevant to the Neotropical Countries and/or Latin America. It will be conducted at the STRI – the McGill-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

    • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biology (Thesis): Bioinformatics

    This interdisciplinary concentration combines the biomedical sciences, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

    Learning And Teaching

    McGill University’s MSc in Biology is a heavily research-oriented program, with an emphasis on imparting the academic and technical skills you’ll need to do meaningful work in the field, either on the academic or industrial levels. 

    Opportunities to access study support will be presented. These will include the development of your professional writing and research skills. You will also take part in field trips, site visits, special projects and other events and learning activities as appropriate throughout your time at university.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree is an excellent way to begin a career in a wide range of industrial or academic research roles, or to prepare for your PhD degree studies.

    No matter what career pathway you choose, you’ll have the help and support of the university’s Career Advising and Transition Services – CATS. They can help you gain professional skills and give you access to a huge network of alumni and other contacts.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MSc degree. With or without a concentration such as Environment, Neotropical Environment or Bioinformatics.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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