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Integrative Biology (MSc)

Integrative Biology (MSc)

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Your goal is to become a biologist, and we want to help you achieve that goal. Our Master of Science (MSc) in Integrative Biology provides an interdisciplinary approach to biological research that allows you to explore the answers to complex questions from a perspective that bridges the traditional sub-disciplines of biology, across diverse taxa, over time scales ranging from short (physiological) to long (evolutionary).

In our program, you’ll learn to think nimbly about biological problems and processes. You’ll develop an advanced confidence in your ability to learn, think and act in a way that is supported by concrete and well-demonstrated skills in critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll gain the ability to design and implement a substantial original research project and to effectively communicate the results of that research in a variety of forms, including articles for refereed professional journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and articles for the popular press – all of which is required for you to become an expert and a leader in the field.

Program Structure

Our MSc in Integrative Biology is a full-time, 24-month program.

In addition to a thesis, you are also required to complete BI601: Research in Integrative Biology and one elective course.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

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Contact Us:

Michael Wilkie, Graduate Program Coordinator

T: 519.884.1970 x3313

Faculty and Staff


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $21,500 a year. Such support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  •  A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage. Students are encouraged to submit their applications prior to deadlines in order to be considered for all scholarships and awards.

Research Focus

Our faculty members' research focuses and strengths are divided into three areas:

  • cell, molecular and microbial biology, and genetics
  • biodiversity, evolution and ecology
  • physiology and toxicology


  • Must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in biology or a related discipline.
  • A minimum B average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Contact a prospective adviser to discuss research opportunities prior to submitting your application.


Our graduates have gone on to do:

  • doctoral research
  • medicine
  • technical work for government and industry
  • environmental consulting and risk assessment

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