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You will pursue in-depth study of microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, and ecology. You will train in the field and in the lab in a range of areas, including health, agriculture, and the environment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in microbiology, or an equivalent degree.

Applicants who hold a master’s degree in a related field may be eligible. The program director may require students to do qualifying coursework depending on their previous training. Only applicants with a program or degree grade point average of at least 2.67 out of 4.33 for all required courses will be admitted to the program. 

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 2.67 out of 4.33 or the equivalent.

French and English proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

Although knowledge of French or English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in French or in English to successfully complete this program. Students who are not proficient enough in these languages may have difficulty in their studies. Students must ensure that they have a good understanding of French or English and, if necessary, take steps to improve their language skills during their studies (for example at Université Laval’s School of Languages). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

Research Areas

  • Genomics
  • Proteomics and metabolomics
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant biology


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website giving their fields of research in microbiology. (In French only)