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Research Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Professional Researcher

Being a professional researcher requires a disciplined mind and attention to detail, as well as a keen interest in learning. Research programs at Ontario colleges help students develop these abilities and refine their natural talents, while also providing research techniques and skills that transfer across a number of industries to lead to successful careers in research.

If you have a natural curiosity and want to make a career out of information-gathering and analysis, here’s what you need to know. More

Research Courses

In research programs, students learn all the steps in the research process, from creating the most basic questionnaire to interpreting data to presenting a finished report. Courses such as statistical analysis, population and demography give students a broader understanding of data as they learn collection techniques, such as interviewing, focus group development and case study analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on creating effective research presentations and communications.

Many Ontario college research programs are offered as specialty programs, focusing on research skills in one specific area. Examples include:

  • Clinical Research. Clinical research programs prepare students to conduct and analyze the outcome of clinical trials on products such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or medical devices. Courses include the drug development process, guidelines and standards for clinical trials, monitoring, documentation and more.
  • Marketing and Business Intelligence Research. These programs teach students to examine buying habits and shopper motivations through development of questionnaires, data analysis, focus groups and more, preparing them for work in the business or public sector.
  • Biotechnology Research. In biotechnology research, students learn a variety of scientific methods and experimentation techniques, as well as how to operate research equipment and software, and to perform research in a number of biotechnology disciplines, including pharmaceutical, immunology and more.

General Research Program Requirements

Ontario college research programs are typically offered as graduate certificate programs, which means completion of a degree or diploma program is required. Recommended areas of prior training include:

  • Social science
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Education

Specialized research programs, such as clinical and biotechnology research, will require completion of a degree or diploma in their respective fields.

Research Jobs and Salaries

Research jobs exist in a number of sectors, including, private, public and not-for-profit. Depending on training, there are also a number of fields of research available including (but not limited to):

Salaries will depend on the particular area of research, but will generally start out between $40,000 and $45,000 per year. The average salary for clinical researchers and other health policy researchers with at least some experience is around $55,000 per year, but can be upwards of $80,000 depending on the role, level of expertise and place of work.

Ontario Colleges Offering Research Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of research programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Applied Mechanical Design FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Applied Mechanical Design


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AMD2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Applied Mechanical Design FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - May Visit

Applied Mechanical Design


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AMD2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Applied Mechanical Design FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Applied Mechanical Design


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AMD2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Applied Mechanical Design FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2019 - Jan Visit

Applied Mechanical Design


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AMD2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Applied Mechanical Design FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2019 - May Visit

Applied Mechanical Design


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: AMD2
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology Advanced SENECA SENECA@YORK CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BTA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology Advanced SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Biotechnology Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BTA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Biotechnology Advanced SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Biotechnology Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BTA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Includes Optional Work Term(S) For Qualified Students.

Show details Biotechnology Advanced SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2019 - Jan Visit

Biotechnology Advanced


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BTA
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Includes Optional Work Term(S) For Qualified Students.

Show details Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CLT1
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CLT1
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Clinical Research HUMBER DISTANCE LEARNING CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Clinical Research


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: 07681
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Clinical Research HUMBER DISTANCE LEARNING OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Clinical Research


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: 07681
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: DISTANCE EDUCATION
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Clinical Research SENECA SENECA@YORK CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Clinical Research


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CRQC
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Clinical Research SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Clinical Research


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CRQC
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

This Program Includes Optional Work Term(S) For Qualified Students.

Show details Energy Management ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2018 - Sep Visit

Energy Management


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1524X01F
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Control SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Control


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PENCT
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Control SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2019 - Jan Visit

Environmental Control


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PENCT
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) CLOSED Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PENST
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician SHERIDAN DAVIS (BRAMPTON) OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PENST
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

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