Medicine, Family

  • Please note that the application period for Winter 2023 has closed
  • Fall 2023 application deadline for international students is January 15, 2023 (or earlier, if specified by the department below)
  • Fall 2023 application deadline for Canadian students varies by department (see below)

Medicine, Family


About Family Medicine

The McGill Department of Family Medicine is home to an exceptional community of primary health care professionals, researchers, students, and support staff, whose mission is to contribute to the health of the population and the sustainability of the health care system in Quebec, in Canada, and internationally by:

  • developing research and scholarly activity to contribute to the academic discipline;
  • promoting curriculum innovation and education research;
  • engaging in international and global health activities;
  • developing and engaging in public policy discussions;
  • training medical students, residents, and other health care professionals to become committed to primary care, contributing to accessibility, continuity, coordination, accountability, patient-centredness, and health promotion and prevention;
  • promoting innovation in family medicine and primary health care delivery and practice.

We understand that research in family medicine and primary care is essential to the achievement of excellence in health care delivery, patient care, and education. Our research division is composed of Ph.D. and clinical researchers who dedicate their efforts to producing and translating knowledge that advances the discipline, practice, and teaching of family medicine and primary care while supporting the scholarly activities of clinicians and residents in the Department. We have developed unique and rigorous research programs for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students that advance academic excellence in family medicine and primary health care through patient-oriented, community-based research with innovative methodologies and participatory approaches.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Family Medicine (Thesis) (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Family Medicine is a research-oriented thesis-based graduate program in family medicine. The objective is to increase the skills of those interested in carrying out research pertinent to the practice of family medicine.

As many relevant research questions cross conventional boundaries of disciplines and research traditions, we incorporate an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on participatory research and community engagement.

This program provides training in epidemiology and statistics, as well as in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Students are also oriented for knowledge synthesis, and participatory research approaches.

An emphasis is placed on the relevance of the thesis research to family practice and primary health care. Close links are maintained with the main family medicine clinical sites located around Montreal and Quebec.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Family Medicine (Thesis): Bioethics (45 credits)

The objectives of this 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. A minimum of 45 credits is required including the thesis. The research culminates in the preparation of a thesis.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Family Medicine (Thesis): Medical Education (45 credits)

This program will have very close ties to the Family Medicine Educational Research Group (FMER), which is the corollary of the educational innovations in teaching and research conceived and established in the McGill Department of Family Medicine since 2005. The FMER group's ultimate goal is to advance knowledge to:

  1. constantly inform family medicine curricula innovations and continuing professional development to better family physicians' clinical practice;
  2. significantly contribute to the development of the family medicine education field of inquiry;
  3. rigorously develop and inform medical education policy.

This research agenda of FMER is articulated into four interrelated streams:

  1. family physician's professional identity formation;
  2. information use and technology in the learning episodes of practicing physicians and organizational learning;
  3. program evaluation of educational innovations;
  4. knowledge synthesis.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Family Medicine & Primary Care

The Ph.D. program will build upon our M.Sc in Family Medicine. Research topics in the field of family medicine and primary health care cross conventional discipline boundaries and research traditions. Our training program focuses on patient-oriented, community-based research using innovative methodologies and participatory approaches. The program advances academic excellence in family medicine and primary health care.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Aug. 23, 2022).

Medicine, Family Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Our program encourages the following applicants:

  • Practicing family physicians
  • Undergraduate university students with a strong interest in family medicine research
  • Family medicine residents who are completing their residency and would like to continue with their education by completing an enhanced skills program specializing in family medicine research with the possibility of obtaining an M.Sc. degree. If interested, you may learn more about the Clinician Scholar Program here.

What do we look for?

High academic achievement: A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.4 is required out of a possible maximum CGPA of 4.0, or a GPA of 3.6 is required in the last two years of full-time studies.

Proof of competency in oral and written English: TOEFL: International students who have not received their instruction in English, or whose mother tongue is not English, must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 86 on the Internet-based test (iBT), with each component score not less than 20 (internet-based test).

Note: The TOEFL institution code for McGill University is 0935. For further information, please refer to the TOEFL website.

Alternatively, students may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Original score reports must be submitted (photocopies will not be accepted).

For overseas graduates, an attempt is made to situate the applicant's academic grades among the standards of their universities. Grades are, however, converted to their McGill equivalent. Conversion charts, as well as required admission documentation for each country, are provided by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and prospective students should refer to these in order to determine if they are admissible to our program.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system.

  • Supervisor: All students must be matched to a supervisor to be admitted to our graduate programs; this matching will occur during the application process (i.e., after the applicant has submitted a complete application). After the application has been received, the applicants will have an opportunity to be chosen for an interview with one of our supervisors if the minimum admission requirements have been met. After the application has been changed to "In Review" status in Uapply, candidates may contact potential supervisors who interest them for an interview.
  • Application form and fee: All applicants must complete the Online Application. The application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee payable by credit card (Visa or Mastercard); fee amounts and details are listed on the Student Accounts website. Please ensure you apply for the M.Sc. in Family Medicine or the Ph.D. in Family Medicine and Primary Care.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please upload the latest version of your CV, which should include a listing of previous research experience and publications. All relevant research experience should be included in your CV since you are applying for a research position in the Department.
  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) or three (3) letters of reference must accompany any application to our program. These letters must be no more than six months old, must be on letterhead paper, and are required to be uploaded to the admissions processing system. Applicants are encouraged to request references from academic or other professional employers who can evaluate their potential for graduate studies and research, and who can attest to the applicant’s research skills. Referees will also be asked to rank each applicant and to provide a size of the comparison (i.e., out of 50 supervised students). Any applicant having undertaken previous graduate studies (whether at McGill or elsewhere) should make sure that one of the letters of reference is from their graduate supervisor. Please note: On the application form, applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees. McGill will contact these referees via email and invite them to upload reference letters on the applicant's behalf (along with the instructions on how to upload the documents). Neither of these reference letters should be from the proposed supervisor.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a personal statement in which they:
    1. describe their background and the reasons why they are applying to the desired program;
    2. describe their research interests and with whom, among the list of potential supervisors, they would like to work;
    3. describe how they hope to impact family medicine practice; and
    4. describe future plans upon graduation from the desired program.
    The statement should be no more than two (2) pages long.
  • Writing Assessment
  • Interview
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit one (1) official copy of all transcripts for all post-secondary education undertaken (Quebec students need not submit CEGEP transcripts). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to uApply, the McGill admissions processing system. Official transcripts are required when an offer of admission has been extended. Please note: Official transcripts are not required for studies conducted at McGill University.
  • Writing Sample (for Ph.D. and Bioethics option applicants only): Applicants to our Ph.D. program must upload a writing sample to review, preferably a thesis or a published article. For Bioethics option applicants, please upload a sample of your writing skills from your undergraduate studies; it does not need to be a thesis or a publication.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement – no more than two (2) pages long
  • Writing sample (for Ph.D. and Bioethics option applicants only)

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Family Medicine and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: September 15 February 1 February 1 February 1
Winter Term: Ph.D. applicants only September 10 November 10 November 10
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

All supporting documents must be received by February 1 for the Fall semester. Candidates who are interested in our MSc programs are only allowed to apply for the Fall semester. Candidates who are interested in our Ph.D. in Family Medicine and Primary Care program may apply in either the Fall or Winter semesters.

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2022-2023 (last updated Aug. 23, 2022).
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