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Animal Science - Bioinformatics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #35 (QS) ,
Since the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, the amount of coursework required will normally be considerably less than is the case for the M.Sc.


Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics Option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. 

This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics.

It depends on the background of the individual student and must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee. At a minimum, it includes two seminar courses at the graduate level and the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination as an admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. As with the M.Sc. (Thesis), admission is based on an excellent track record. 

Suitable candidates are encouraged to contact potential supervisors within their chosen area of interest. Applicants should, however, be aware that no professor is in a position to accept students without formal approval of the application by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thesis
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
  • Animal Science Seminar
  • Bioinformatics Seminar
  • Bioinformatics: Functional Genomics
  • Systems Biology and Biophysics
  •  Bioinformatics: Molecular Biology 
  •  Bioinformatics: Proteomics 
  • Structural Bioinformatics 
  • Bioinformatics: Functional Genomics 
  • Systems Biology and Biophysic

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:


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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: 3

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

          The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

        General Requirements

        Admission requirements:
        • Online application and application fee
        • Transcripts
        • Letters of recommendation 
        • Personal statement
        • Writing sample/portfolio
        • A research supervisor
        • Study permits/student visas

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          19082 CAD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9541 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
        • National

          4782 CAD/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2391 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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