PhD in Quantitative Life Sciences at McGill - Application Deadline - January 15 2022

Canada Grad School

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The Quantitative Life Sciences PhD at McGill University is a highly interdisciplinary program offering an in-depth opportunity for training at the interface between quantitative research and life sciences research across multiple domains. 

Our program benefits from participation of approximately 80 researchers spanning 18 departments and 5 Faculties. Our students have the opportunity to rotate during their first year through 3 different research groups, before settling into a research lab for the remainder of their degree. We offer a guaranteed stipend in addition to in-house competitions for travel awards and scholarships. Tuition subsidies are available to selected international students.

SAVE THE DATE! Please note we will be holding two information sessions this Fall:

·         November 11, 4-6pm. Register Here.

·         November 23, 5-7pm (joint event with CAMBAM, MiCM, Ludmer Centre, Centre for Structural Biology, McGill-Kyoto (HGEN), etc.). Register Here.

Applications for Fall 2022 (for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students) are open until January 15 2022. You can access our application system here: uApply

Required documents:

  • CV, with information about your degree(s), work experience, and details of previous research projects, publications or presentations.

  • Personal statement (1-2 pages), including information about your motivation for applying to QLS and describing special circumstances (if any). You should also discuss your future goals and highlight particular accomplishments relevant to your application.

  • Research statement (1-2 pages), describing your research experience obtained through a Master’s degree, summer internship, independent study project or a course project. You should describe what the domain of the research was, what you learned, and what you found interesting. You can also briefly describe your future research interests; let us know if you have a general area of interest within QLS, this is helpful.

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts to be uploaded to the system. McGill students are exempt from this requirement.

  • Proof of English proficiency (please see English language proficiency | Future Graduate Students - McGill University)

  • Contact information for two referees

*Please note that you will need to pay the application fee in order to upload documents and for your referees to be contacted.

The general prerequisites for admission to QLS are a degree in a discipline with strong quantitative elements, and demonstrated interest in life sciences. The degree should include at least:

  • One course in Linear Algebra

  • One course in Advanced Calculus

  • One course in Probability and Statistics

  • Courses in Computer Science including Data Structures and Algorithms, as well as programming experience in at least one language.

  • One introductory course in Cell/Molecular Biology  

Applicants missing one of these criteria may still be considered for admission but may be required to take additional courses to complement their background.

Applications from students without a Master’s degree usually require a CGPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered competitive (unless there are special circumstances). International students can verify CGPA and admission requirements by consulting this page: Admissions requirements | Future Graduate Students - McGill University

You can find information about funding opportunities here: Graduate Student Funding Opportunities | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - McGill University

International students can consult the following page for information about tuition subsidies offered by their country of citizenship (differential tuition waivers):

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We would be happy arrange a zoom meeting to discuss the program and the application process.

Alexander DeGuise | QLS Coordinator | Quantitative Life Sciences | McGill University

550 Sherbrooke, room 187 | 550 Sherbrooke W. | Montreal, Canada H3A 1E3

Tel: +1 514-398-4826 | coordinator.qls at |