Université Laval’s dynamic research environment is attracting more and more students to its graduate programs. A sign of the times, research is increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, with an emphasis on partnership and international cooperation that shows a desire to break down knowledge silos.
Université Laval’s accomplished and respected professors make the institution a world-renowned hub for research and innovation. They take a transdisciplinary approach and are committed to making positive impacts in the communities where they work. See how our seasoned experts and intrepid junior researchers are helping resolve the challenges facing the world today.
Make your aspirations a reality by choosing one of our roughly 280 graduate programs. When you study at Université Laval, you benefit from top-quality teaching and academic supervision by our exceptional professors and teaching staff. You also get the scientific and technical support of your program director to carry out your research project.
Building on a long-standing tradition of excellence, Université Laval’s professors have established an international reputation in a range of cutting-edge fields. These experienced researchers and creative thinkers regularly contribute to scientific advances and social innovations. Our professors are inspiring role models who generously share their knowledge and expertise with passion and openness. They will inspire you to excel.
Our research strengths
Université Laval is one of Canada’s top research and creative universities. It is also home to numerous research chairs and units:
- 4 Canada Excellence Research Chairs
- 92 Canada Research Chairs
- 83 Partnership Research Chairs
- 41 research centres recognized by the University Council
- 7 affiliated research hospitals
Our research teams are renowned for their expertise in many spheres, including sustainable development and health in the North and the Arctic and artificial intelligence. Working together with communities and a variety of partners, our researchers are currently working on a number of interdisciplinary projects in northern and Arctic research on a wide array of topics. Our teams are also working hard to find solutions to the ethical issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence, for the good of the entire community.
Montmorency Forest, the world’s largest teaching and research forest, represents more than 50 years of science endeavour to improve sustainable forest management practices.
The Forest is an open-air lab that is used year round for hands-on courses and research, particularly in the fields of forestry, geodetics, biological sciences, and fish and game management.
High-performance greenhouse complex
The high-performance greenhouse complex is one of the most advanced in North America. Each greenhouse is equipped with a highly sophisticated system for precise climate control, waste management, and fertigation. The Complex is especially noteworthy for its energy efficiency and significant emissions reduction.
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers
The Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) brings together many of Québec’s most preeminent experts in optics and photonics. COPL trains graduate students and carries out fundamental and applied research. With its top-tier researchers, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive program, COPL is one of the leading optics and photonics research and training centres in the world.
ULaval’s archeology labs make up one of the largest archeology research facilities in Canada. There are 8 labs dedicated to different cultural areas and specialized analysis, as well as shared research areas, including the artefact preparation room, the field school lab, and a room containing a number of reference collections.
LANTISS is a lab specializing in new sound, image, and stage technologies where theatre students can work with technological processes such as laser projection and sound and image spatialization to create innovative stage environments. This lab has led Université Laval to collaborate with the Avatar audio and electronic arts centre, Méduse Coop, and Ex Machina.
Research is sport
Because there are always real people behind brilliant ideas, discover how our researchers collaborate to push the limits of knowledge. An open environment and state-of-the-art research infrastructure provide our research community with everything it needs to tackle our current and future challenges.