Université de Montréal

PhD in Biological Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences

Overview and specifics

Number

3-235-1-0

Level

Graduate

Type

Philosophiae Doctor (Ph. D.)

Credits

90 credits

Program Type

Dissertation or thesis track

Resource persons

Program information

Description

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Become an independent scientist by earning your PhD in Biological Sciences! Prove your ability to develop unique knowledge in a field of your choice.

At the doctoral level, you will prepare a thesis making a significant, original and high-quality scientific contribution. Your research should also lead to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

You will develop and carry out your own original research projects! This is the perfect way to launch a career in advanced research in academia, government or industry.

Objectives

The main objective of the PhD is to train students to become independent scientists. Through a research project developed in collaboration with a research supervisor, the doctoral student-researchers will demonstrate their ability to develop original ideas in a field of knowledge and gradually master the scientific methodology to follow to achieve project objectives.

The purpose of the Museum Studies option is to train students to become independent scientists with a specialization in museology. Through a research project involving the use of museum databases or collections and developed in collaboration with a research supervisor, the doctoral student-researchers will demonstrate their ability to develop original ideas in a field of knowledge and gradually master the scientific methodology to follow to achieve project objectives.

The research should make a significant, original and high-quality scientific contribution and lead to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. Graduates should be able to develop and carry out their own original research projects. They should also be able to present and defend their ideas and pursue an advanced research career in academia, government or industry.

Strengths

Regulations

Students are advised to submit a complete application as early as possible as applications will not be considered if the program's capacity has been reached.

 

Studies in this program are governed by the educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the following provisions:

1. Admission requirements
To be admitted as a regular student to the PhD (Biological Sciences) program, candidates must:

1.1 Admission requirements - Direct entry to PhD in Biological Sciences
To be admitted as a regular student to the PhD (Biological Sciences) program, candidates must:

1.2 Additional documents to submit with your application

2. Duration of program
The maximum length is 15 sessions (five years) for full-time students, excluding preparatory or “on leave” sessions. This deadline may be extended by one year with the permission of the department director.

3. Comprehensive exam
Students must take the written and oral components of the comprehensive exam by no later than the end of the sixth session of the program (seventh session for direct entry), and preparatory or “on leave” sessions are excluded in the calculation of this deadline. If the exam is deferred, the deadline will be extended by six months. The exam dates are set by the program director.

For the Museum Studies option, the comprehensive exam must be related to the field of museum studies.

Application deadlines

Before submitting an application, check the application periods for the chosen session.

Fall
  • Fall 2021: From January 1st, 2020 to July 1st, 2021
  • Fall 2022: From January 1st, 2021 to February 1st, 2022
Winter
  • Winter 2021: From May 1st, 2019 to November 1st, 2020
  • Winter 2022: From May 1st, 2020 to September 1st, 2021
Summer
  • Summer 2021: From September 1st, 2019 to February 1st, 2021
  • Summer 2022: From September 1st, 2020 to February 1st, 2022

Programs of origin

Several Université de Montréal students in this program came from the following programs:

Programs Type Credits Number Period Enrollment capacity
Master's Degree 45 credits 2-235-1-0 Jour

Program structure (3-235-1-0)

The doctorate program consists of 90 credits. There are two options:

Legend: CR: Credit, SC: Schedule, D: Day, E: Evening

Segment 70 - General Biology option

Number of credits: 84 mandatory credits for a thesis, 3 to 6 credits from optional courses chosen from the courses from blocks 70A, 70B, 70C and 70D and a maximum of 3 credits from blocks 70E and 70F.

 

The breakdown of credits depends on the student's previous education.

Block 70A Comprehensive coursework Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 6106 Advanced Cellular Biology 3 D
BIO 6115 Advances in Phylogenetic Systematics 3 D
BIO 6157 Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BIO 6250 Molecular Evolution 3
BIO 6260 Microbial Genomics 3 D
BIO 6441 Insect Systematics 3 D
BIO 6720 Landscape Ecology 3
Course Title CR SC
BIO 6790 Parasitism 3 D
BIO 6803 Accountability and the Environment 1
BIO 6820 Metal Biogeochemistry 2 D
BIO 6821 Metal Biogeochemistry Internship 1
BIO 6875 Principles of Biological Control 3 D
BIO 6965 Biodiversity: Role, Threats, Solutions 3 D
BIO 6970 Wetland Ecology 3 D

Block 70B Thematic seminars Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 6028 Plant Biology Seminars 3

Block 70C Methodology courses Optional – maximum of 8 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 6020 Microscopy 3
BIO 6041 Introduction to R Programming 1
Course Title CR SC
BIO 6077 Quantitative Data Analysis 4 D
BIO 6245 Phylogenetic Analysis 4

Block 70D Specialized courses Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 6008 Special Topics in Biology 3
BIO 6009 Directed Readings in Biology at the Master's Level 3
BIO 6011 Research Internship in Biology at the Master's Level 3

Block 70E Related courses Optional – maximum of 3 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIN 6002 Principles of Genomics Analysis 3 D
EDD 6050 Biodiversity Management 3 D
ENV 6002 Environmental Impacts 3 E
GEO 6342 GIS: Theory 3 D
GEO 6352 GIS: Practice 3 D
Course Title CR SC
MSL 6515 Natural Science Collections 3 D
NSC 6060 Cellular Neurophysiology 3 D
NSC 6070 Functional Neurophysiology 3 D
TXL 6014 Environmental Toxicology 3 E

Block 70F Elective – maximum of 3 credits

Courses chosen with the program director’s approval.

Block 70G Research and thesis Mandatory – 84 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 7000 PhD Comprehensive Examination 0
BIO 7001 Thesis 84

Segment 71 - Museum Studies option

Number of credits: 84 mandatory credits, of which 81 are for a thesis, 3 to 6 credits from optional courses and a maximum of 3 credits from elective courses.

 

The breakdown of credits depends on the student's previous education.

Block 71A Comprehensive coursework Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71B Thematic seminars Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71C Methodology courses Optional – maximum of 8 credits

Block 71D Specialized courses Optional – maximum of 6 credits

Block 71E Museum Studies Mandatory – 3 credits

Course Title CR SC
PLU 7000 Integrative Seminar in Museum Studies 3

Block 71F Elective – maximum of 3 credits

Courses chosen with the program director’s approval.

Block 71G Research and thesis Mandatory – 81 credits

Course Title CR SC
BIO 7003 Thesis 81

Programs to explore

Applicants interested in this program also applied to the following programs:

Programs Type Credits Number Period
Master's Degree 45 credits 2-235-1-0 Jour
Doctorate 90 credits 3-535-1-0 Jour
Doctorate 90 credits 3-484-1-0 Jour

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