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M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D.

The Faculty of Medicine offers a combined clinical and academic medicine program leading to the M.D.,C.M. and Ph.D. degrees (Combined Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery with Doctor of Philosophy).

This is a seven year program in which the basic and clinical sciences portion of the medical curriculum are completed from September of year one to December 31 of year two, prior to the beginning of full-time graduate studies. The latter are expected to last three, but no more than four years by which time all course work and research requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed and a thesis submitted. The defence of the thesis will ordinarily take place at a later date. From January of year five to May of year seven students will complete the requirements for the M.D.,C.M. degree. Throughout the seven years, students in the M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. program meet at two-week intervals during the academic year to discuss their research, attend research seminars from clinician-scientists from within, as well as outside, the McGill scientific community, and network with other students in the program.


Once accepted to the M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. program and during the first year of the combined program, students begin the process of choosing a supervisor and research laboratory for their Ph.D. studies. The McGill Faculty of Medicine Fall, Winter and Summer Research Bursary Programs are useful for screening potential laboratories. Research is usually carried out on a topic in the biomedical sciences in one of the Basic Science or Clinical Science Departments of the Faculty of Medicine, but other doctoral programs at McGill can be considered. With the help of the M.D.,C.M. & Ph.D. Program Advisory Committee, students must choose a supervisor and department for their Ph.D. studies by September of year two and be accepted for admission to graduate studies by the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Requirements and conditions for admission

Applicants to this program must meet all of the requirements and adhere to all of the conditions for the M.D.,C.M. program and are expected to have research experience.  Applicants to this program need only submit one application to the Faculty of Medicine.


The tables of tuition and fees are provided by the McGill Student Accounts office.  Students of this program are subject to the schedule of fees for the Ph.D. full-time fees as found at Student Accounts Graduate Tuition & Fees during their Ph.D studies, and the fees for the Doctor of Medicine & Master of Surgery (M.D.,C.M.) program as found at Student Accounts Undergraduate Tuition & Fees during their M.D.,C.M. studies.