Department of Biology
Graduate Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (306) 966-4399Department of Biology University of Saskatchewan
112 Science PlaceSaskatoon SK CAN S7N 5E2
Graham D. Fairhurst
The Department of Biology offers programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in molecular, cellular, organismic, population, ecosystem, and evolutionary biology. The faculty, which includes associate members and adjunct professors from other departments, schools and institutes on campus, has particular strengths in ecology and behaviour, environmental sciences, cell biology, and molecular biology. Joint graduate research programs can be arranged with other colleges of the university: Western College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medicine, and College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Joint research programs can also be arranged with several government institutions on the campus: Prairie and Northern Wildlife Centre; Plant Biotechnology Institute.
The Department of Biology offers thesis-based programs that can be completed in two to three years for a M.Sc. and three to five years for a Ph.D., based on full-time study. Students are required to complete a thesis based on original research and to participate in BIOL 990: Seminar in Biology. Students meet the requirements for BIOL 990 by participating in the seminars and by presenting results of their own research. Completion of the research requirement is met when a student’s thesis is successfully defended and approved. In order to continue in their program, students need to maintain 70% in each course required specifically for their degree, and must obtain a cumulative weighted average of 70% for all their courses.
Your acceptance is dependent upon a supervisor being available. Explore the research expertise within the Department of Biology and contact faculty members to inquire about their willingness to act a potential supervisor. Your application will not be processed until someone has agreed to supervise your program.
Complete the online application and send the following to the Graduate Secretary in the Department of Biology:
- A letter outlining your research interests and explaining why you wish to apply to this Department
- Copies of your academic transcript(s): photocopies are fine at the time of initial application
- A curriculum vitae or resume
International students must provide proof of English proficiency.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Scholarship competitions are held in April of each year.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
To be eligible for scholarship funding, students must have obtained at least 80% in the last two years of study. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed.
The Biology program prepares graduate students for exciting research or management careers with government, consulting firms, academic institutions, industry and non-governmental organizations. Students completing a PhD may also choose the academic career path.
For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.