Biology (M.Sc.)

From the big picture to the microscopic, set your sights on understanding the natural world around you.


With a wide range of options, you can direct your ideal career path and choose to study any living thing, from humans to viruses.

Biology studies the science of life. This includes all organisms from the microscopic to whole communities of plants and animals.

Prepare for a career in research, government, or industry with a Master of Science in Biology.

Available to both full-time and part-time students, you can complete your MSc degree through a combination of thesis and coursework.

Research areas include molecular and cell biology, animal and plant biology, and ecology and evolution. Visit Research Areas to find out more. All thesis topics and courses are selected in consultation with your Supervisor and the Research Advisory Committee.

This departmentally led program is designed to help you succeed. Get help selecting courses, check in on your progress, and obtain guidance with your thesis preparation and final drafts, and guidance through the thesis examination process.

Work to solve important issues in your area of interest, such as disease management and research, natural resource management and conservation, public health, animal care, impacts of pollution on the environment and organisms.

Key Features

Master degree available to full- or part-time students.
Diverse degree specialization opens up many career choices and opportunities.
Apply your knowledge of the world around you to solve modern issues in the environment, public health, and disease management.

Career Opportunities

Environmental consulting companies, federal and provincial ministries, graduate studies, mining companies, nongovernmental conservation agencies, biomedical field, chiropractic, dentistry, physiotherapy, human and veterinary medicine, naturopathy, teaching, wildlife, fish, habitat, park management, conservation.

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