Master’s and
doctoral studies

Reach your full

Training the next generation of scientists is at the heart of the IRCM’s mission. When you choose the IRCM for your studies, you become part of a center of expertise in biomedical research where you can obtain a master’s degree (M. Sc.) or doctoral degree (PhD) from Université de Montréal or McGill University. IRCM researchers are affiliated with different departments at these two universities.



Metabolic diseases




Genetic and neurological diseases


Immunodeficiencies and infectious diseases

Master’s degree

This thesis-based master’s program allows you to undertake a specialization in scientific research and prepare you for the job market or PhD studies. This program is research-based, meaning you will conduct research full-time on a project that is assigned to you. The program also includes theoretical courses and concludes with the writing of a thesis.

The average length of a master’s degree is two years. However, if you would like to make an accelerated transition to a PhD, the master’s program in Molecular and Cellular Medicine may be for you!


Through more advanced research activities, the PhD expands on laboratory learning and offers the opportunity to make a greater contribution to the advancement of knowledge in a chosen field. At the end of their journey, PhD students must write a thesis that presents the results of their research project and defend it before a jury. This training is of an average duration of five years.

for graduate studies
at the IRCM

To pursue graduate studies at the IRCM, our students have the option of enrolling at Université de Montréal or McGill University depending on the affiliation of the chosen research director. They must therefore meet the prerequisites of these universities.


Competitive training awards are offered to all IRCM students enrolled in a full-time graduate program. Students who choose to start a scientific career at the IRCM are encouraged to obtain financial support from different private and public organizations. The IRCM Research and Academic Affairs department will support you in all your endeavours.

How do I register for
a graduate program
at the IRCM?

1- Choose the research topic you are passionate about

We address numerous research topics at the IRCM, so there are many options available to you. What are you passionate about? What do you want to explore in greater depth? We recommend familiarizing yourself with the different research groups and then contacting a research director. With the exception of the Master’s in Molecular and Cellular Medicine option, completing a program at the IRCM requires the support of a research director from the start of the program.

By contacting the research director, you can discuss your scientific aspirations, the needs of the research group, and the process to follow.

2- Choose from the opportunities posted

You can also choose from the research projects currently available by looking at our offers to see if any of them correspond to your ambitions.

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research projects

Need information?

Contact our Academic Affairs department to learn more about graduate studies in biomedical research at the IRCM.


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