Why Biology @ Memorial?

Memorial University’s Department of Biology is home to over 100 graduate students along with 30 full-time faculty members and numerous cross-appointment faculty from other academic departments. Approximately 20 researchers from outside Memorial University, many employed in government laboratories (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and wildlife), hold adjunct appointments with the Department and contribute to the graduate program as co-supervisors and supervisory committee members.

Biology is also part of the interdisciplinary Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (CABE) program, which offers both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Interested students should apply directly to the CABE program.

Description of programs

  • MSc – The MSc program involves courses and a thesis and can be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Find a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to find a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Biology website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MSc – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
  • PhD – Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, PhD




MSc: 2 years
PhD: 4 years

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 31 for Fall and Spring admission


MSc: $17,500
PhD: $19,000

More funding information

Tuition (Canadian students):

2016-2017 academic year
MSc: $632-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (International students):

2016-2017 academic year
MSc: $822-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,153/semester

More tuition information

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