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Why do your MSc in Physiology & Biophysics at Dal?

Choose your focus

Seize the opportunity to specialize in topics that interest you. At Dalhousie, a master’s program in physiology and biophysics gives you the flexibility to choose from the following specialties:

What’s waiting in your future?

A master’s degree in physiology or biophysics gives you the flexibility and the knowledge to pursue potential careers in:

  • pharmaceutical companies
  • biotechnology companies
  • government
  • public science education

Program Details

MSc in Physiology & Biophysics

Degree requirements

Successful completion of our MSc program will require you to:

  • complete formal course work
  • conduct original research
  • write and defend a thesis

You'll also need to:

  • earn at least 3.5 credits (In addition to the 2 credits you'll receive when you complete your thesis, you'll need to complete 1.5 credits' worth of courses.)
  • participate in PHYL 5517X/Y (Physiology & Biophysics Graduate Seminar course) each year
  • present at least one departmental seminar
  • take an advanced-level human physiology course (if you achieved a B or lower in an upper level human physiology course)
  • maintain a minimum grade of B- in all classes
  • teach an undergraduate physiology course

For more degree requirements, please refer to the graduate handbook [PDF - 62 kB].

Choosing an advisor

Highly qualified Canadian and international students are encouraged to apply to our graduate program. The following faculty members have indicated that they have a position available for a graduate student during the academic year 2014/2015:

Valerie Chappe
Email: valerie.chappe@dal.ca

Roger Croll
Email: roger.croll@dal.ca

Xianping Dong
Email: xpdong@dal.ca

Alan Fine
Email: a.fine@dal.ca

Paul Linsdell
Email: paul.linsdell@dal.ca

Francois Tremblay
Email: f.tremblay@dal.ca

Thesis work

This program requires you to research, present and defend an original thesis that’s worthy of publication in a respected national journal.  

Important dates

Canadian students

September admission: June 1

January admission: October 31
May admission:
February 28

International students

September admission: April 1
January admission:
August 31
May admission:
December 31

Graduate handbook

For full details on both graduate programs available in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, download our graduate handbook [PDF - 175 kB].