Overview and specifics






90 credits

Program Type

Dissertation or thesis track


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


The program provides students with opportunities to study in a wide variety of fields in virology and immunology.

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 Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology 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 (first session only).
  • 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, staff in the program are available to help and support you throughout your studies.


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 virology and immunology.


  • Research laboratories equipped with state-of-the art technology
  • The possibility of performing your research on campus at the Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology , or at an affiliated research center:
    • Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
    • Institut de recherches publiques de Montréal (IRCM)
    • Laboratoire de Santé Publique du Québec (LSPQ)
    • Institut de cardiologie de Montréal
    • Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its Centre de recherche Institut de recherche en immunologie et cancérologie (IRIC)
    • Centre de recherche Guy-Bernier de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR)
    • Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
    • Institut de recherche en biotechnologie (IRB)


Members of the Graduate Studies Committee

  • George Szatmari
  • Hugo Soudeyns
  • Jacques Thibodeau
  • Valérie Abadie
  • Student representative

Resource persons

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