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Queen's University


Interested in doing an MSc or PhD in the Biology Department? Your best bet is to contact a professor who you think might be a suitable supervisor for the sort of research that interests you. Applications made through the School of Graduate Studies, without first contacting a potential supervisor, are almost never successful.

NSERC SCHOLARS: Incoming students who hold an NSERC scholarship will receive a one time top-up from the university to assist with moving, and to thank you for choosing to come to Queen's. This one-time top-up is $5000 for MSc stduents and $7500 for PhD students.

Most professors receive many applicants each year so the majority are turned down. Overall we usually accept about 20 new MSc students, and 10 new PhD students each academic year. To initiate the application process, we suggest you send an email to potential supervisors, outlining your interests, skill, and relevant background. Do not make a formal application until at least one professor expresses strong interest in taking you on as a graduate student.

Applications are accepted at any time but most students begin their graduate work at the beginning of the fall term in September. The best time to start corresponding with potential supervisors is in Nov-Dec of the year before you would like to begin graduate work.

  • On-line Application for MSc and PhD Programs: A link to the on-line forms provided by the Graduate School.
  • OGS application for 2014-2015 - OGS application deadline - March 1, 2014
  • Biology Canadian student application deadline - March 1, 2014
  • Biology International student application deadline - February 1, 2014


click HERE to go to current advertisements for graduate positions in the department

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