School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Microbiology & Immunology

This program is now part of the new interdisciplinary program of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences



"Because our program is smaller than in most universities, I interact daily with almost all of the faculty. I can show them results as soon as I get them and get feedback immediately. We get so much supervision and so much personal attention. It’s just what you need when you’re starting out. at bigger schools, you have a weekly meeting with your supervisor. My supervisor is in the lab with me several hours a day, every day.”

Christina Guzzo, Ph.D. candidate

Program Contact

Diane Sommerfeld
Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences
Microbiology & Immunology
Botterell Hall, Room 920
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 74836


Program Overview

The graduate program in Microbiology & Immunology at Queen’s University offers high quality, intensive programs of study leading to the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Both are research degrees designed to provide you with an advanced level of knowledge and expertise in molecular microbial pathogenesis, which can include aspects of bacterial/viral physiology, genomics, proteomics, cellular microbiology, biotechnology and immunology. We will guide you toward becoming a competent, independent scientist with career opportunities in research and teaching. Your education will be enhanced by the strong ties our department enjoys with groups in local public health and hospital laboratories and allied University departments.


Students have the opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaborations. Our students have opportunities to collaborate with and visit other research institutions as well as travel to national and international conferences to present their research.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Research laboratories at universities, government agencies, and medical centres
  • Pharmaceutical, chemical companies, or biotechnology firms
  • Hospital and public health laboratories
  • Food production and fermentation industries
  • Medical diagnostic companies
  • Environmental testing laboratories and bioremediation companies
  • Governmental regulatory agencies. (Look at our website for detailed listing of organisations where MSc graduate trainees are employed.)
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc.: 2 years, full time

Mini-masters (fast track to Ph.D.): 1 year – 1.5 years

Ph.D.: 4 years, full time

Method of Completion

M.Sc.: Course work, research and thesis with defence.

Ph.D.: Research thesis with defence. Some course work may be required.

Fields of study and Supervisors

Being accepted into the program is dependent upon a supervisor having the space and resources to support your graduate work. We recommend that you contact potential supervisors in advance of applying. Please see the department website for full details.

  • Virology & Cellular Biology: Bruce Banfield, Eric B. Carstens, Katrina Gee, Leda Raptis, Jorge Martinez-Cajas, Wendy Wobeser, Anna Majury
  • Host Immune Responses: Sam Basta, Katrina Gee, Myron Szewczuk, Anne Croy, Anne Ellis, Bruce E. Elliott, Anna Majury
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis & Physiology: Ken F. Jarrell, Nancy L. Martin, R. Keith Poole, Virginia Walker, Elaine O. Petrof, Wendy Wobeser, Heather Onyett, Dick E. Zoutman, Andrew Daugulis, Anna Majury
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Sc. Students: $19,000 minimum

Ph.D. Students: $21,000 minimum

Students often receive more than the minimum stipend as a result of securing additional sources of support such as national scholarships and teaching assistantships.

Most successful applicants have secured external scholarship funding. The rest are supported by internal scholarships, awards, and bursaries and by individual faculty members’ research operating grants.

Agencies from which our students obtain funding include: OGS, NSERC, CIHR, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF), Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG). Queen’s automatically issues a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD) award to winners of federal government tri-council awards.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc.: Honours B.Sc. or M.Sc. in related field or Doctor of Medicine.

M.Sc.: 75% in both the 3rd & 4th years of undergrad program across all courses

Ph.D.: M.Sc. in microbiology, biology, or some life sciences

Direct Entry Ph.D.: In exceptional cases, applicants with an honours bachelor’s degree and an overall A average and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to doctoral program.

Mini Masters : Students enrolled in the M.Sc. thesis program may also be eligible to transfer into the Ph.D. program without completion of the Masters degree within 1–1.5 years.

Test Requirements

Oral English for international students.

If required, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1st. Although you can apply after this date, you will not be eligible for Queen’s Fellowships

Notification of Acceptance: March-July.

Learning Outcomes
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