Overview and specifics






90 credits

Program Type

Dissertation or thesis track


  • Full-time
  • Offered at the Montréal campus
  • Day course


Language accommodations

Although Université de Montréal is a French-language university, many of our research departments are open to creating a bilingual environment for students in graduate-level programs. These departments are aware of the importance of bilingualism in order for graduate students to succeed in their research careers.

Students who are proficient in English are therefore welcome and accepted into graduate-level programs.

The Department of Physiology provides a number of accommodations to make you feel comfortable and help you fulfill the requirements of the program even if French is not your main language of study:

  • Access to course notes in both French and English.
  • Possibility of taking an equivalent course at an English-language university in Montréal.
  • Choice of giving oral seminar presentations in either French or English.
  • Choice of writing exams in French or English.
  • Choice of taking the comprehensive exam in either French or English.
  • Choice of writing your doctoral thesis or dissertation in French or English.

All laboratories are offered in a bilingual environment. Above all, department staff are available to help and support you throughout your studies.


This program trains students to become independent researchers who can carry out original research and make a significant contribution to a field of study in physiology: cellular physiology and membrane transport and the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive and endocrine systems. During the program, students gain in-depth knowledge in their field of specialization and related fields, conduct an original research project, and develop oral and written communication skills. After completing the program, students may pursue a career in research or teaching.

Molecular Physiology and Biophysics option

This option provides students with in-depth knowledge and resources so that they can develop their creative talents through a cutting-edge research project on the structure and role of biological membranes along with the structure and function of different membrane proteins in normal and physiopathological conditions.


The Department of Physiology at Université de Montréal is one of the most active in Canada with 33 professors and researchers, more than 30 associate professors and accredited members, 18 invited researchers, and 45 postdoctoral fellows. Since its creation, the Department of Physiology has continued to stand out by supporting world-class, cutting-edge research. With over 44 laboratories on the university campus and in hospital centres, the Department of Physiology has many strategic groups of researchers who come from different faculties and institutions.

Members of the Graduate Studies Committee

  • Michèle Brochu
  • Angelino Calderone
  • Réjean Couture, président
  • Pierrette Gaudreau
  • Philippe Comtois
  • Lucie Parent
  • Abdulah El Tarazi, représentant des étudiants
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