The Biology Department at Queen’s is one of the largest departments on campus with approximately 100 graduate students supervised by 32 faculty with research opportunities in a range of disciplines including Animal Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour, and Plant Sciences.
Our students have the opportunity to work in leading-edge laboratory facilities, including the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL) and the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS).
Our faculty are world leaders in several research fields, including many Canada and Queen’s Research Chairs, and winners of national and international awards for research and teaching excellence. In 2004, Dr. John Smol was named Canada’s top scientist as the recipient of the Herzberg Gold Medal.
"My experience with research at Queen’s started when I was still an undergraduate student. In my fourth year of study, I began an honours thesis project studying the recovery of lakes in New York State from acid rain under the supervision of Dr. Brian Cumming. I enjoyed the subject area and work environment so much that I eventually decided to pursue a master’s of science in biology at Queen’s. Since then, I’ve been able to participate in local and international research conferences, as well as publish articles in prominent scientific journals. I sincerely hope that the work I accomplish at Queen’s will be useful to both researchers and policy-makers assessing environmental changes in North American lakes."
We offer the option to transfer from M.Sc. to Ph.D. for students who show exceptional promise in their research.
Our students have many opportunities to collaborate with other departments, including Geology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Mathematics & Statistics.
One-third of our students do field work or go overseas at some point in their studies.
We recommend that you contact a professor whom you think will be suitable to supervise the research that interests you. Although it is not strictly necessary, successful applicants tend to contact potential supervisors in advance. To initiate the application process, we suggest you send an e-mail, outlining your interests, skill, and relevant background. The best time to start corresponding with potential supervisors is in November or December of the year before you would like to begin graduate work.Animal Physiology: with an emphasis on an integrative approach to physiological questions, incorporating molecular, cellular and whole animal analyses where appropriate.
Graduates from our program find work in government (Agriculture Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of the Environment, etc.), academia (teaching, researchers) and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries (research, lab techs etc.).
Students may also apply for internal awards and external funding including OGS, NSERC, CIHR, and the Graduate Deans’ Doctoral Field Travel Award. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a one-time $5,000/$7500 top-up award by Queen’s.
If required, international students TOEFL score of 550 (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.
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