Graduate Studies: Research

Our MSc program is designed to train students as competent scientists.Our PhD program is designed to train students as independent scientists.

Graduate students spend 5 weeks in 3 different labs before choosing which lab is right for them. Students who already hold an M.Sc. and/or in the M.D./Ph.D. program can enter a lab for their Ph.D. (with the prospective supervisor's permission).

New graduate students develop a strong foundation in core Molecular Genetics Principles, including Genetics, Genomics, Proteins, and Computational Biology. In addition, they have the opportunity to probe the minds of up to 10 visiting internationally renowned scientists whose discoveries intersect with our scientific interests in Colloquium.

Focus on Research

We believe this is the best way to train our graduate students to become independent scientists. We require our graduate students to spend a total of only 84 hours for Ph.D. and 48 hours for M.Sc. students in the classroom throughout their studies.

Admission into our program in September with three opportunities per year to apply to our Department.

Incoming students kick off their graduate journeys at the annual MoGen Retreat

Direct entry to our PhD program - for those qualified applicants who only have a B.Sc. degree


A straightforward transition from the M.Sc. stream to the Ph.D. stream without having to write an M.Sc. thesis.

The stipend does not require spending time being a Teaching Assistant, although those opportunities exist for those interested.

The major strength of the Department of Molecular Genetics is its widely recognized Faculty who run a remarkable variety of world-class research programs in diverse areas such as:

Our faculty made important contributions in many fields and have received numerous national and international awards. Additionally, the Department recruited 38 members over the past ten years. Although our 'experienced faculty' are masters at adapting new scientific approaches, our more recent members bring an energy and perspective that provides new and exciting opportunities for our graduate students.

See our faculty profiles here

As a Department, our primary focus is on graduate training. Graduates from our programs regularly gain postdoctoral positions in prestigious laboratories and staff positions in major universities, research institutes, and industry worldwide.

If your interests lie in molecular genetics, biotechnology, genomics, microbiology, cancer biology, infectious disease, genomic medicine, systems biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, human genetics, cellular and molecular structure and function, proteomics and metabolomics, genetic models, understanding of gene regulation and genome organization a molecular genetics degree from the Department of Molecular Genetics will be right for you. In this program, you will get a chance to study everything from fundamental biology of DNA and RNA, microbiome and neuroscience to translational medicine and applied research on diseases like cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, rare disease, muscle disorders and many others. You can learn a wide range of methods in nucleic acid and protein research, perform CRISPR screens, work with stem cells, animal models and computer simulations. Get career ready with the support of our graduate advisor team for diverse opportunities in industry, business, academia and government.