Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD program is governed by Lakehead University's general regulations for graduate programs (see Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Regulations). However, admission will be subject to the availability of a Supervisor and a Supervisory Committee for the student.

Normally, an applicant to the Program would be expected to have completed a Master's Degree in science, engineering or an allied discipline with a minimum average of 75%. The academic program for each PhD candidate will be developed by the Supervisory Committee in consultation with the student.

Students in the first year of a Master's degree, who have an average of 75% or greater may apply for transfer into the PhD in Biotechnology provided that they have successfully completed one FCE of course work and have had their research proposal approved by their thesis committee.

Application Process

Applications to the PhD program in Biotechnology are all completed online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Follow the Application Process as outlined on the website.

Information about applying

Choosing a supervisor 

We recommend that prospective students contact a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application. Your potential supervisor may be included in the Statement of Research Interest required as part of the application package, and can enhance the likelihood of admittance. A list of the Biotechnology Members associated with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and a brief description of their research interests can be found here.

Application deadlines

Although applications are received on a continual basis, we recommend that interested applicants submit a complete application package by the following dates: 

• For a Fall start (September): February 1
• For a Winter start (January): September 30
• For a Spring start (May): January 31

Note that there are limited funding packages available and most are assigned on a first come first served basis in the spring for students starting in the fall semester. 

International students and proficiency in the English language requirements: