Programs

M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine

Description:

Applicants for the M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine must hold either an M.D. degree, a B.Sc. degree, or the equivalent. The graduate training offered is wide-ranging and addresses experimental aspects of medicine in such diverse areas as:

endocrinology;
hematology;
cardiology;
oncology;
gastroenterology;
genetics;
infectious diseases.

This thesis program may lead to careers in industry, or serve as a stepping stone to further graduate studies.

Residency requirement: 3 terms

Required Courses

Courses may be taken outside the department, including graduate and upper-level (500-level) undergraduate courses in medical and allied sciences.

A statistics course (EXMD634) is highly recommended for all students who have not already taken one. 

9 credits
Thesis EXMD 690 (3 cr.)
EXMD 692 (9 cr.)
EXMD 693 (12 cr.)
EXMD 694 (12 cr.)
36 credits
    Total: 45 credits

Note : All students entering with only a Bachelor’s or M.D. degree will be admitted to the M.Sc., with the option of fast-tracking to the Ph.D. program after completion of their first year (upon fulfillment of conditions described in the program guidelines).

M.Sc. Option in Bioethics


Description:

Applicants for the M.Sc. Bioethics Option program must hold an M.D.; a Nursing degree; a Physical and Occupational Therapy degree; and/or any other professional health training degree. Students who do not fit these criteria may be considered for admission on an individual basis. The objectives of this research-stream program are to allow students to conduct innovative research in relation to a bioethical issue pertinent to health care, and to acquire a working knowledge of bioethical issues from the current viewpoint of other relevant disciplines such as law, philosophy, and religious studies.

The curriculum is composed of required courses (6 credits) offered in the Biomedical Ethics Unit, Bioethics courses (6-credit minimum) offered by the base faculty or department, and any graduate course required or accepted by a base faculty for the granting of a master’s degree, for a total of 21 credits. A minimum of 45 credits is required including the thesis. The research culminates in the preparation of a thesis.

Residency requirement: 3 terms

Required Courses BIOE 680 (3 cr.)
BIOE 681 (3 cr.)
6 Credits
Required course work 4 half courses
(from within the base department)
12 Credits
Electives 1 3-credit course from the following:
BIOE 682 (3 cr.)
CMPL 642 (3 cr.)
PHIL 643 (3 cr.)
RELG 571 (3 cr.)
3 Credits
Thesis BIOE 690 (3 cr.)
BIOE 691 (3 cr.)
BIOE 692 (6 cr.)
BIOE 693 (12 cr.)
24 credits
    Total: 45 credits

M.Sc. Option in Environment

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MSE GRADUATE OPTION IN ENVIRONMENT WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Description:

Applicants for the M.Sc. Environment Option must meet the requirements for the M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine as well as those set out by the McGill School of Environment (MSE) for their graduate option. Acceptance into the option will be based on a student's academic experience and performance; availability of an MSE-accredited supervisor or co-supervisor; the proposed research; and plans for funding as articulated by the supervisor(s). The Environment Option is aimed at students who wish to use interdisciplinary approaches in their graduate research on environmental issues, and who wish to benefit from interactions that will occur as they are brought into contact with students from a wide range of disciplines through structured courses, formal seminars, and informal discussions and networking. The graduate option in Environment provides students with an appreciation for the role of science in informed decision-making in the environmental sector, and its influence on political, socio-economic, and ethical judgments.


Residency requirement: 3 terms

Required Courses ENVR 610 (3 cr.)
ENVR 650 (1 cr.)
ENVR 651 (1 cr.)
ENVR 652 (1 cr.)
6 Credits
Electives 1 course must be chosen from the following:
ENVR 519 (3 cr.)
ENVR 544 (3 cr.)
ENVR 580 (3 cr.)
ENVR 611 (3 cr.)
ENVR 620 (3 cr.)
ENVR 622 (3 cr.)
ENVR 630 (3 cr.)
ENVR 680 (3 cr.)

plus

9 credits of courses at the 500-level or higher
12 Credits
Thesis EXMD 690 (3 cr.)
EXMD 693 (12 cr.)
EXMD 694 (12 cr.)
27 Credits
    Total: 45 credits

Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine


Description:

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine must normally hold an M.Sc. degree. The one exception is the possibility of direct entry offered to candidates having demonstrated academic excellence, i.e., a CGPA of 3.5 or more out of a possible 4.0 throughout their undergraduate studies. The training is in the conduct of research in a wide range of medical specialties. The method of instruction consists of a combination of in-class and practical training, as well as exposure to international conferences and guest seminars. Success is ultimately determined by the preparation and defense of a thesis. This program may lead to research careers in industry, government, or academia.

Residency requirement:
3 years (6 terms) if admitted at the Ph.D. 2 level
4 years (8 terms) if admitted at the Ph.D. 1 level

Comprehensive: Yes EXMD 701 (0 credits) 0 Credits
Required Course Work

Entering with Master’s (12 cr.)

Entering with B.Sc. or M.D. and having been fast-tracked (18 cr.)

Courses may be taken outside the department,including graduate and upper-level (500-level) undergraduate courses in medical and allied sciences.

A statistics course (EXMD634) is highly recommended for all students who have not already taken one. 

12-18 Credits
    Total: 12-18 Credits

Ph.D. Option in Environment

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MSE GRADUATE OPTION IN ENVIRONMENT WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Description:

Applicants to the Ph.D. Environment Option must meet the same qualifications as those for the M.Sc. Environment Option, the only difference being that they must hold an M.Sc. rather than simply a B.Sc. For further details, please see the section above regarding the M.Sc. Environment Option.

Residency requirement:
3 years (6 terms) if admitted at the Ph.D. 2 level
4 years (8 terms) if admitted at the Ph.D. 1 level

Required courses ENVR 610 (3 cr.)
ENVR 650 (1 cr.)
ENVR 651 (1 cr.)
ENVR 652 (1 cr.)
6 Credits
Electives 1 course must be chosen from the following:
ENVR 519 (3 cr.)
ENVR 544 (3 cr.)
ENVR 580 (3 cr.)
ENVR 611 (3 cr.)
ENVR 620 (3 cr.)
ENVR 622 (3 cr.)
ENVR 630 (3 cr.)
ENVR 680 (3 cr.)

plus

12 credits of courses at the 500-level or higher
15 Credits
    Total 21 Credits

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research


Description:

The objectives of this program are to give students exposure to both theoretical and practical issues relevant to the conception and conduct of a clinical research study, as well as allowing them to put these principles in practice by participating in an ongoing clinical trial. The core element of the diploma is the Practicum in Clinical Research. It is an active “clerkship” or “intern/resident-type” participation in an ongoing clinical trial and/or research program. Six 1-credit workshops will be provided by experts in the academic, industrial, and government sectors, and cover wide-ranging issues pertinent to the conduct of clinical research. The training provided qualifies students to manage and design clinical research studies in both academic and industrial settings.

Residency Requirement: 30 credits (Students must be registered for at least one of the required courses in each of the consecutive terms until a student graduates, if not, the student will be expected to be register as a non-thesis extension status for that term and pay the fees accordingly. Further information on the tuition fees can be found at the following link (the M.Sc. Non-Thesis Extension must be chosen in the program section): here 

Required courses

6 one-day workshops (usually held on Fridays):

Offered in the Fall terms: 

EXMD 618 (1 cr.)
EXMD 619 (1 cr.)

Offered in the Winter terms:

EXMD 617 (1 cr.)
EXMD 620 (1 cr.)
EXMD 625 (1 cr.)
EXMD 626 (1 cr.)

Note that the workshops listed above may not count for credit towards the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine.

6 Credits
Electives 2 courses from the following departments (500 level or higher):

- Pharmacology & Therapeutics
- Epidemiology & Biostatistics
- Experimental Medicine

Courses from other Applied Health Sciences departments may be considered but require departmental approval to be taken.
6 Credits
Practicum EXMD 627 (18 cr.) 

PDF icon Practicum Outline

18 Credits
    Total: 30 credits

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA IS CONSIDERED A PART-TIME PROGRAM AND FOREIGN STUDENTS CANNOT BE ADMITTED TO THIS PROGRAM.

Special Students - Non-Degree Status


Students who wish to take graduate level courses without being enrolled in a degree program can do so as "special students". Special students are limited to a maximum of two (2) courses per term (6 credits), with a cumulative maximum of twelve (12) credits.

This Division can only consider applications for those wishing to follow graduate level Experimental Medicine courses.

Acceptance as a Special Student does not guarantee acceptance into our programs, irrespective of the mark(s) achieved in the course(s) taken as a Special Student, and any Special Student wishing to be considered for one of our graduate programs must apply for it specifically. In the event that a Special Student earns admission into one of our graduate programs, the Division is not obligated to recognize credits earned as a Special Student towards the completion of the degree.

Eligibility

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, with a minimum cGPA of 3.2 on a scale of 4.0.

Application

In order to apply for Special Student status, a candidate must submit an application, accompanied by the same supporting document as for all other programs, except for the following:

  1. When completing the application form, please enter “Special Student” in the box marked “Degree or Diploma for which you are applying” and enter the course number(s) in the box marked “Proposed Field of Concentration”.
  2. Letters of recommendation are not required; but could be helpful in the evaluation of the application.