University of Lethbridge - School of Graduate Studies

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Evolution and Behaviour

University of Lethbridge - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Behavioral Sciences
Evolutionary Biology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:48 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,589
International: $15,851

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program.


The PhD in Evolution and Behaviour is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Research in this program focuses on the evolutionary processes responsible for shaping functionally organised behaviours in a wide variety of organisms. The research targets a range of different behaviours that address the critical life challenges facing these organisms, such as finding food and avoiding predators, attracting and selecting mates, rearing offspring, and negotiating extended networks of social relationships. The emphasis of the research is to examine the potential adaptive basis of different behaviour patterns and understand the underlying genetic, anatomical, physiological, and psychological mechanisms that guide them and their interactions with environmental processes. Research methods involve studying the behaviour of species in their natural habitats and complementary experimental studies conducted under controlled laboratory settings.


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    Hold a master's degree from a recognized degree-granting institution in the discipline of interest or in a related discipline

    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, on a 4.00 scale on all graded master's-level courses OR calculated on the most recently completed PhD if the applicant is applying for another PhD in a closely related discipline

    Evidence of scholarly competence

    Demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for graduate student

    Secure a potential supervisor
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 28, 2022