Ph.D. - Biology
Program seeks to enhance the awareness of current research in various fields of biology. You will be guided by a growing group of dynamic and interactive young professors, including a number of award winners (e.g. Steacie Fellows, Young Investigator awards, Canada Research Chairs).
Study systems include a host of model and non-model organisms, as well as humans. York provides state-of-the-art facilities (e.g. molecular core facilities, mass spectroscopy) and encourages interaction among disciplines.
Join ongoing research in pure and applied biology, with fields encompassing the well-established and the leading edge, including: molecular structure and interactions; community and ecosystem level studies; genomics; and proteomics.
Streams and Specializations:
- Animal physiology
- Ecology and evolution
- Molecular and cellular biology
How do I get accepted into the Biology Program?
At both the Master's and Doctoral levels, all students work closely with a Supervisor, and their research is supported by that Supervisor. Thus, no student is accepted into the Biology Graduate Program unless a Professor agrees to supervise the student. This decision is usually made after the Professor reviews the complete application packages and has a chance to interview the applicant(s). Applicants can apply without having secured a supervisor in advance.
General areas of faculty interest within the Program is found on the Home page of this site. For a more detailed listing of potential Supervisors, their research interests and sample publications. Potential applicants are encouraged to browse through this Faculty list to see whose research may be of most interest to them. Potential applicants can directly contact the potential Supervisors to see if opportunities exist in his/her research group. As a general rule, a detailed and informed enquiry is more likely to elicit a favourable response than a "generic" enquiry. A detailed enquiry would include your record and an explanation of why you might like to work with the potential Supervisor. If a potential Supervisor reaches an informal agreement to accept you, you must complete a formal application to be reviewed by the Biology Admissions Committee.
If you had no previous contact with a potential Supervisor, your formal application will be drawn to the attention of all potential supervisors in the Program. Any faculty member interested will contact the applicant and discuss details further. An applicant who meets the admission requirements and finds a supervisor willing to supervise and support the applicant, will most likely be accepted into the Program.
Contact the Biology program for more information about MSc and PhD programs, including part-time study options:
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22342
International Student Requirements:
Refer to the international credentials information for your country.