biotechnology is a field of study that uses living organisms or cellular and bio-molecular processes to make new products, solve problems, or provide new methods of production.

scientific and technological advances have transformed biotechnology techniques, which have opened the door to a variety of applications in areas such as health care, the environment, forestry, and industrial processes. lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. the ph.d. in biotechnology at lakehead is a research-based, interdisciplinary graduate program focused on the professional development of scientists in two areas of specialization:

  • medical biotechnology
  • environmental biotechnology with a focus on toxicology, waste, and emissions

the structure of the program allows you to choose your area of focus, and to tailor your research and coursework to meet your career goals. with faculty members from a wide range of backgrounds in both academic and industry settings, you will have the opportunity to choose from a great diversity of subjects in which to train.

graduates of the ph.d. in biotechnology will have career opportunities at universities, research institutes, and the biotechnology industry in canada and abroad.

note: students in this program are expected to complete all requirements within a minimum of nine terms (3 years) to a maximum of twelve terms (4 years) of continuous full-time registration. candidates must meet a minimum residency of three terms, two of which must be consecutive.

more information is available on the biotechnology program pages


admission requirements for phd

applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. except where otherwise stated in the admission requirements of a particular program, students must have a masters degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit. an applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of master's courses taken and academic standing. a qualifying year may be required at the masters level to meet the admission standards. courses taken as part of a qualifying year cannot be used as credit towards a doctoral degree.

meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. no candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. all applicants will be advised in writing by the office of graduate studies of their admission status.

program specific requirements

in addition to the general admission requirements for phd programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • admission will be subject to the availability of 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. 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 may apply for transfer into the phd in biotechnology provided that they have successfully completed one fce (view definition of fce) of course work and have had their research proposal approved by their thesis committee.
additional application information
statement of interest
  • one page outlining your interest
curriculum vitae
how to apply: 

required application documents

although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by february 1.

supervisor information

interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

the first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

after you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 cad application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

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after you have applied 

after you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

graduate studies reference form (3 forms required)
  • an electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • this form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
official transcript
proof of degree
program specific supporting documents (if required)
  • for a list of program specific documents, please see this program's additional application information section (if required, see above)
official english test results (if required)
next steps: 

next steps

registration procedures

before registering!

check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the university course calendar and the university course time tables.

University graduate studies & General regulations & Policies


program specific funding opportunities

general funding opportunities