Program list & descriptions

Biology ( Doctorate )

Biology has three core research areas in molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution. Cross-disciplinary research among these areas occur in five main research themes: marine science; neurobiology; biomedical research and genomics; forest biology; and environmental biology.

Entrance requirements

Prerequisite Minimum standing
MSc A-

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Application deadlines

Entry point Domestic students International students
September Ongoing (until full) February 1
January Ongoing (until full) June 1
May Ongoing (until full) October 1

Exams and other requirements

  • Statement of intent
  • GRE score (not mandatory, but recommended)
  • For details, please consult the Biology website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office 250-721-7095 CUN 202
FAX 250-721-7120
Chair Barbara Hawkins CUN 202
Secretary Chantal Laliberte 250-721-7091 CUN 202
Graduate Secretary Michelle Shen 250-721-7093 CUN 202
Administrative Officer Janice Gough 250-721-7092 CUN 202
Biology Co-op Coordinators Diane Luszniak 250-721-8649 CUN 105A
Co-op Office Rachel Richmond 250-721-8637 CUN 105
FAX 250-721-7215

Senior Laboratory Instructors

Cell & Molecular Biology Kimberley Curry 250-721-7136 CUN 134
General Biology II Roswitha Marx 250-721-7089 PCH 108a
Animal Behaviour Roswitha Marx 250-721-7089 PCH 108a
Ecology & Entomology Neville Winchester 250-721-7099 CUN 232b

Technical Staff

Vertebrate Collections Neville Winchester 250-721-7099 CUN 232b
Imaging Servics Lab Heather Down 250-721-7134 CUN 057
Electron Microscope Lab Brent Gowen 250-721-7132 Cun 065
Herbarium Geraldine Allen 250-721-7110 CUN 218
Service Lab (Elect.) Mike Delsey 250-721-7116 Cun 163

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

General Office 250-728-3301
FAX 250-728-3452
Director Bradley Anholt

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
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