Research Project Courses

Science Research Project Courses

Departments offer a variety of research-based courses that allow you to perform research under the supervision of a McGill researcher for academic credit. Depending on the unit, courses featuring undergraduate research may bear names such as: majors project, honours project, advanced lab, independent research, technical project, independent study, or research project and seminar. For more information, see the research course list online at or browse the course listings at Research courses can also help you qualify for the Dean's Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List or the B.Sc. Global Designation.

"396" Undergraduate Research Project Courses

"396" Undergraduate Research Project Courses

"396" undergraduate research project courses are offered by all undergraduate science departments and schools—ANAT 396, ATOC 396, BIOC 396, BIOL 396, etc.—plus HGEN 396 and MDPH 396 (Human Genetics and Medical Physics: departments which offer mainly graduate programs), as well as COGS 396 and NSCI 396 (Cognitive Science and Neuroscience: multidisciplinary undergraduate programs). There is also a BASC 396 course for B.A. & Sc. students.

They are elective courses, which can be taken outside your own department, and can be taken after one term of undergraduate studies. Note that for Microbiology and Immunology, MIMM 396 is for microbiology projects whereas MIMM 397 is for immunology; otherwise, for all practical purposes MIMM 397 should be treated as a "396" course.

Students can consult a list of past projects and currently available projects on the Science website at or devise a new project in consultation with a McGill professor and submit the required paperwork online.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Science—2018-2019 (last updated Aug. 16, 2018) (disclaimer)