Université de Montréal

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty of Medicine Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Philosophiae Doctor (Ph. D.)


90 credits

Program Type

Dissertation or thesis track

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Program information


This program provides students with the opportunity to study and perform research in a wide variety of fields including bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunology.


The general goal of the program is to train independent researchers in this discipline. Students must conduct an original research project, learn to present their research findings at scientific conferences and publish them in peer-reviewed journals, be able to develop an original research hypothesis, and explain the methods used to experimentally validate the hypothesis. Students must have the required technical skills for a career as a researcher and must develop excellent critical thinking skills to interpret their results. At the end of the program and their subsequent postdoctoral training, students should be able to compete for research grants in the field of microbiology and immunology.




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 in the PhD (Microbiology and Immunology) program, candidates must:

Additional documents required for admission:




Program structure (3-500-1-0)

The doctorate program consists of 90 credits.

It also includes additional courses depending on candidates’ needs. Students are required to take seminar courses throughout the program.

Research must be done as a residency at Université de Montréal, at a research laboratory of an affiliated institute or hospital approved by the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Medicine, or at a laboratory of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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

Segment 70

All credits in this doctorate program are mandatory. Out of the 90 credits, 87 are for research and a thesis.

Block 70A Mandatory - 3 credits

MCB 70521 and MCB 70522 are equivalent to MCB 7052. MCB 70531 and MCB 70532 are equivalent to MCB 7053.

Course Title CR SC
MCB 7001 Directed Readings in Microbiology 1
MCB 70521 Research Seminar 2.1 0 D
MCB 70522 Research Seminar 2.2 1 D
Course Title CR SC
MCB 70531 Research Seminar 3.1 0 D
MCB 70532 Research Seminar 3.2 1 D

Block 70B Thesis Mandatory - 87 credits

Course Title CR SC
MCB 7000 PhD Comprehensive Examination 0
MCB 7902 Thesis 87

Programs to explore

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

Programs Type Credits Number Period
Doctorate 90 credits 3-484-1-0 Jour
Doctorate 90 credits 3-466-1-0 Jour
Master's Degree 45 credits 2-466-1-0 Jour
Doctorate 90 credits 3-503-1-1 Jour

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