Biological Sciences MSc

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Biological Sciences MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The University of Calgary’s MSc in the Biological Sciences is delivered by their Faculty of Science.  

    Earning an MSc in this fast moving field means exploring the diversity of living beings and the complexity of the living relationships that define the living world around us. This program will give you both a theoretical understanding of life processes as well as the kind of practical research, communication and critical thinking skills that can be applied to nearly any career, in or out of the sciences. 

    An MA in the Biological Sciences from UCalgary can be a pathway to PhD study in this, or many related fields. UCalgary offers several such programs, as do many other fine institutions. You’ll have built up a solid scientific background in critical thinking and problem solving, a solid set of laboratory skills and a practical understanding of research and data analysis as well, and this degree could therefore prepare you for work in the pharmaceutical, health care or biotechnology industries. 

    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 program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study or 3 years at part time. 

    As part of the program, you may select any of the following specialisations:

    • Structural Biology
    • Physiology
    • Molecular Microbiology
    • Host-Pathogen Interactions 
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Environmental Microbiology
    • Ecology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Biophysical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • An Interdisciplinary Specialisation in Energy and Environmental Systems 

    Your units can be selected from:

    • Biochemistry I & II
    • Integrative Cell Biology I & II
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology I & II
    • Microbiology I & II
    • Special Problems in Biology
    • Advanced Statistical Applications in Biology
    • Darwin’s Origin of Species
    • Advanced Evolutionary Biology

    Note that up to ½ of the student’s coursework may be selected form 500-level classes in the undergraduate biology list as well, but only when they are judged to be appropriate to the student’s particular program. 

    It may also be possible to transfer into the PhD program directly from the MSc program with special permission. 

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Sciences uses both traditional and innovative methods to deliver its Biology degrees. Of course there will be traditional lectures, seminars and laboratory skills tutorials. You’ll typically complete 18 taught units over the course of 2 to 3 years. Like all of UCalgary’s MSc programs, this one helps you develop your ability to think critically, deliver professional research and communicate in writing and in person. 

    Career Possibilities

    Many graduates of the University of Calgary’s Biological Sciences MSc go on to the PhD program. As this is a thesis-based MSc degree, it can be a stepping stone to a greater academic career, leading to research based degrees at UCalgary or nearly any of the world’s other fine universities. Other students opt to take up roles in laboratory quality control, laboratory management, technical writing or in the biotech or bioscience industries.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a full MSc degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed an undergraduate education, though this need not have been in Biology or a similar field. Diverse qualifications are accepted as well. 

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

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