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Masters in Biology in Canada in 2024

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Biological Sciences MSc, PhD

University of Alberta Canada

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Biology BSc, BSc (Hons), PhD, MSc (Science)

University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Canada

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Biological Sciences MSc, PhD

University of Windsor Canada

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Masters in Biology in Canada

Study Biology Masters Programmes

The study of living organisms, biology covers a wide range of topics. These topics include humans, animals, plants, as well as the world in which they are contained. The science of biology helps us to understand how we have developed over the years, and how our habitat has adapted with the human race.

An undergraduate degree in biology will cover the basic foundation of the science discipline, before exploring the more complex and developed concepts. You will study modules on genetics, physiology and cell biology, among others.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory sessions. These sessions will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence your career choices once you have completed your course. Common specialisations include:

  • Human Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Integrative Biology

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you the opportunity to further research a favoured area of biology.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on your choice of institution. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or an integrated Master of Biology (MBiol).

Depending on your institution, your course might be accredited by a professional or academic body for biology. For example, in the UK, some biology degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Generally, you can expect an undergraduate degree in biology to take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Biology graduates will have many career options available to them. Roles include bacteriologist, microbiologist, research scientist and biological scientist, among many others. If you choose to continue your studies, other opportunities may become available, such as teaching and clinical trial administrator.

Study in Canada

Canada has a well earned reputation as a kind and welcoming country, making it a popular destination for international students looking to study abroad. If you choose to study in Canada, you will be able to access some of the worlds leading universities, as well as study in an environment that is encouraging of your development both inside and outside of the classroom. You will be able to choose from many highly ranked universities according to the QS World University rankings.

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