Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology & Genomics


Program Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics is a 30 credit, 9 month graduate program which encompasses the study of genomics, proteomics, molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and bioinformatics. It provides students with broad-based knowledge of theories, quantitative methods, applications of biotechnology and bioinformatics that are pertinent to genomic analyses.

Why a Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics at Concordia?

Get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment used in genomic and biotechnology research facilities. With small class sizes and the experience of running your own research project, you will get a head start to pursue your graduate training and skills to enter the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

A parallel goal of the program is to provide in-depth knowledge on the following topics:

  • functional genomics.
  • microbial biotechnology.
  • production of proteins of value to the pharmaceutical, agri-food and forestry industries.
  • the development of genomic methods for industrial and environmental applications.
Hands-on experience

Hands-on experience is a major component of the training provided by the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Genomics. Students are trained to operate the state-of-the-art equipment used in genomic and biotechnology research. This include hands-on experience in transcription profiling using DNA microarrays, real-time quantitative RT-PCR, proteomics (protein extraction, tandem affinity purification, 2D gels,  mass spectrometry) and a diversity of molecular and bioinformatic tools. 

Admission requirements

Application deadlines

Application deadline is April 1, but late applications can be considered if space is available.

Academic requirements

The minimum requirement for admission is a BSc degree with at least 15 credits in courses at the 200- or 300-level in the following subjects: genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and 3 credits laboratory in one or more of the previous subjects. For consideration for admission, students should have obtained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of a scale with a maximum at 4.3).

Language Requirements Applicants whose primary language is not English and who do not meet one of the proofs of proficiency listed below must write an English proficiency test, regardless of citizenship. More info here

Diploma requirements

Students will be required to complete 30 credits, comprised of 24 credits in course work and a 6 credit research project. Students who have completed at least four courses will be assessed. The assessment will be based on creditable courses completed since the first registration in the program. To be allowed to continue in the program, students must have obtained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0.

Core courses (21 credits):
Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 510 Bioinformatics 3 credits
BIOL 511 Structural Genomics 3 credits
BIOL 512 Functional Genomics 3 credits
PHIL 530 Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Biotechnology 3 credits
BIOL 515 Biotechnology and Genomics Laboratory 3 credits
BIOL 516 Project in Biotechnology and Genomics 6 credits
Elective courses (9 credits):
Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 521 Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics 3 credits
BIOL 523 Structure and Function of Biomembranes 3 credits
BIOL 524 Neurochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 678 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism 3 credits

Contact information

Our staff is happy to answer your questions, send you application materials and brochures, and assist you with the application process.

Contact us at:

Department website:
Phone: (+1) 514-848-2424 ext. 3401

Fax: (+1) 514-848-2881

Mailing address:
Department of Biology
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke St. W., SP Building
Montreal, Quebec       H4B 1R6


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