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Molecular Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #29 (QS) ,
The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Molecular Genetics offer research training in a broad range of genetic systems from bacteria and viruses to humans. 


Program Highlights

  • Rotation system - graduate students spend 5 weeks in 3 different labs before choosing which lab is right for them.
  • Scientific colloquium - new graduate students spend time probing the minds of 12 visiting internationally renowned scientists whose discoveries intersect with our scientific interests.
  • Focus on research - we believe this is the best way to train our graduate students to become independent scientists. We require our graduate students to spend a total of only 84 hours for Ph.D. and 48 hours for M.Sc. students in the classroom over the course of their studies.
  • Direct entry to our Ph.D. program - for those qualified applicants who only have a B.Sc. degree.
  • A straight-forward transition from the M.Sc. stream to the Ph.D. stream without having to write an M.Sc. thesis.
  • Admission into our program in September or January.
  • Four opportunities per year to apply to our Department.
  • A competitive & guaranteed stipend that does not require spending time being a Teaching Assistant, although those opportunities exist for those who are interested.
  • An annual scientific retreat at a rustic northern lake-side resort where students and faculty can exchange ideas and learn more from one another.
  • Young and energetic faculty - 32 members have been recruited to department over the past 10 years. Although our ‘experienced faculty’ are masters at adapting new scientific approaches, our newer faculty members bring an energy and perspective that provides new and exciting opportunities for our graduate students.

Our Faculty have made important contributions in many fields and have been the recipients of numerous national and international awards. As a Department, our major focus is on graduate training. Graduates from our programs regularly gain postdoctoral positions in prestigious laboratories and staff positions in major universities, research institutes and industry throughout the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Genetic Models of Development and Disease
  • Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics
  • Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function
  • Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Functional Genomics and Proteomics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  •  An appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B from a recognized university
  • You must complete the online admissions application form available from the program's admission requirements page.
  • A $120 application fee is required. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Two letters of reference; however, you should review your program-specific list of admission requirements to determine if additional letters of reference are required.
  • If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must complete an acceptable English language proficiency test.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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