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In our biology graduate programs, your research will be supported by dedicated facilities and faculty. You’ll build connections with scientific institutes, like the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. The research skills you gain in your degree will carry forward in your scientific career.

Our faculty is working on vital research programs in fields such as:

  • Ecology and evolution
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Forest biology
  • Marine science
  • Neurobiology

Degree programs offered

The MSc program is a full-time, research-intensive program. You’ll complete coursework and work on a research thesis of your design. This will be original, innovative research that will evolve our understanding of biology. You’ll defend your thesis in an oral examination.

If you’re in the MSc program, you may be able to transfer into the PhD program with supervisory approval.

The PhD program is a research-intensive program. You’ll join a community of scientists working on vital research. As you work on your research dissertation, you’ll complete coursework and a symposium. Your research dissertation will be guided by your faculty supervisor. You’ll complete candidacy exams and defend your dissertation in an oral exam.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 3-4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Marine Science
  • Neurobiology
  • Biomedical research and genomics
  • Forest biology
  • Environmental biology

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

C. Peter Constabel

Professor and Chair Biomedical Research and Genomics | Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology | Forest Biology

David Punzalan

Assistant Teaching Professor

Doug Briant

Associate Teaching Professor

Gautam Awatramani

Associate Professor Neuroscience

Geraldine Allen

Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Biology

Gregory Beaulieu

Associate Teaching Professor

Gregory Owens

Assistant Professor

John Dower

Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Biology | Marine Science

John Taylor

Associate Professor

Julia Baum

Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Environmental Biology | Marine Science

Jürgen Ehlting

Associate Professor Biomedical Research and Genomics | Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology | Forest Biology

Kerry Delaney

Professor Biomedical Research and Genomics | Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology | Neuroscience | Organismal Biology and Physiology

Louise Page

Associate Professor

Raad Nashmi

Associate Professor

Rana El-Sabaawi

Associate Professor

Ryan Gawryluk

Assistant Professor

Réal Roy

Assistant Professor

Terri Lacourse

Associate Professor

Thomas Reimchen

Assistant Teaching Professor and Adjunct Professor

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by March 15 for September entry with funding.

If you do not need funding, you can apply for entry in the January, May or September terms. Your application must arrive three months before your entry month.

International students should submit their applications six months before entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7093.

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