McGill University

About McGill University

McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. Ernest Rutherford’s Nobel Prize-winning research on the nature of radioactivity was conducted at McGill, part of a long tradition of innovation on our campuses that includes the invention of the artificial blood cell and Plexiglas. Today our professors are building the new field of epigenetics, developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and d

A Brief History

McGill University is a public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1821 by royal charter granted by King George IV, the university bears the name of James McGill. McGill’s main campus is on the slope of Mount Royal in downtown Montreal, with a second campus situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, also on Montreal Island.

General Information

McGill offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields of study, with the highest average entering grades of any Canadian university. Most students are enrolled in the five largest faculties, namely Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Management.


Six popular courses


The Faculty of Engineering offers degrees in Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Co-op, and Mining Co-op. The Faculty also offers a Bachelor of Software Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) degree. Through a challenging curriculum, students in the McGill Faculty of Engineering acquire a strong foundation in science and technology and develop valuable interpersonal and teamwork skills.All programs provide a strong background in math, basic sciences, engineering science, design and complementary studies.


The department provides a high quality of education at all levels, with undergraduate Minor, Major and Honours degree programs Beyond knowledge of economic theory per se, the training that McGill offers in Economics also embodies mathematical and statistical skills, institutional and historical knowledge, and more general analytical and reasoning skills.

Investment Management

The Investment Management Program at the Desautels Faculty of Management, is designed in consultation with a world-leading team of investment managers. A program which integrates investment management teaching, research and practice to create a unique value exchange between leading industry experts, world-class finance professors and our outstanding students, who benefit from the best possible learning experience.

Political Science

The department offers exciting opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education. The professors are dynamic teachers and internationally-known scholars. And a degree from McGill is a valuable asset, recognized around the world. McGill offers courses and programs in all of the major subfields of political science. There are many opportunities to do joint and interdisciplinary programs as well that allow students to combine their interest in political science with coursework in other disciplines.


McGill is one of the world's 30 best medical schools. The curriculum prepares students for careers as key members of the medical community, whether in clinical practice, in medical education, in research or as leaders of the health care system. The four-year MDCM Program helps our students understand the interactions between science, patients and themselves.


The focus of research and teaching in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University is on theoretical and experimental linguistics, with special emphasis on the understanding of language diversity and how this diversity may be related to a universal underlying linguistic competence. The department places a strong emphasis on methodology, with specialists in experimental, computational, and fieldwork methodologies.