Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Biology (PhD)

Program Information

School:Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Science
Degree:Doctorate
Field of Study:Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Description:The doctoral program in biology is research-intensive with an emphasis on creativity and innovation. Guided by a research supervisor and committee members, students develop expertise and master modern research methodology while expanding their knowledge and analytical and critical thinking skills. Students also develop an in-depth understanding of current scientific literature and enhance communication skills.

The main fields of research include cell biology, biochemistry, conservation biology, ecology and behaviour, evolutionary biology, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology, population genetics, and proteomics.
URL:Biology (PhD) at Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $12,375

Approximate total program costs in Canadian dollars (based on 2016-2017 rates). Amounts include tuition, compulsory fees, health and dental plan as well as international health insurance.


These are estimations of tuition fees for students enrolled in a fall term and who complete all degree requirements in 8 consecutive terms (90-credit doctoral programs).

To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia and learn how tuition fees are calculated visit, concordia.ca/tuitionandfees

Careers:Biologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 85] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

A complete application includes an application fee, recent transcript, statement of purpose and indication of research area of interest. The statement of purpose should clearly articulate your interests in graduate studies and why you feel those interests will be best pursued in the Biology Department. In addition to the academic requirements, acceptance into biology graduate programs is contingent upon a minimum financial support of $15,000 a year. Full- time doctoral students without scholarship support will receive a minimum of $15,000 annually in return for work as teaching and laboratory research assistants. This funding will be renewable for two years at the PhD level, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Students admitted to the graduate programs are not ordinarily permitted to work outside the university.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended. Confidential Reference Letters. Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose. Curriculum Vitae (CV). Applicants whose prior degrees are not from an English or French-speaking university are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 28, 2017

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