M.Sc. Program

Applicants for the M.Sc. degree must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent. See international degree equivalency at: 
https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/equivalency

Graduate studies in the Department of Physiology is a research and thesis- oriented program at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Only full-time students are accepted. In order to complete the Master’s program and obtain a M.Sc. degree, a student must obtain a minimum of 45 credits, submit a thesis and have completed a minimum of 3 terms of residency. Graduates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. must hold an M.Sc. degree from McGill or equivalent from another recognized university. However, candidates with a strong academic and research background may be considered for direct acceptance into the Ph.D. program from the B.Sc. Such candidates are accepted into Ph.D. 1 (the Review Committee will decide if the student qualifies for direct entry to Ph.D upon review of the M.Sc application).

M.Sc. Timeline: 

Admission from B.Sc. or Equivalent
(minimum of 3 terms of residency)      Printable PDF of M.Sc. Timeline

FIRST Term Courses
PHGY 602 Lit Search & Research Proposal 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 604 Responsible Conduct in Res.
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 607 Laboratory Research 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 608 Laboratory Research 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 620 Progress in Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

+ 3 credits selected from the list of acceptable graduate level courses in the program details
SECOND Term Courses
PHGY 601 M.Sc. Proposal Seminar 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 621 Thesis 1 12 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

+ 3 credits selected from the list of acceptable graduate level courses in the program details

ANNOUNCE INTENT TO TRANSFER** OR COMPLETE M.SC. more info here

THIRD Term Courses
PHGY 622 Thesis 2 12 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 623 M.Sc. Final Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

THESIS SUBMISSION

Note – Dr. Alvin Shrier is the Graduate Program Director. Although he is listed as the instructor for the graduate courses above, the students will actually be assessed by their supervisors.

M.Sc Program outline:

All M.Sc students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits to complete the M.Sc degree in Physiology. These 45 credits include 39 credits of required research courses. The remaining 6 credits are course work related and must be selected from the list or recommended elective courses for graduate students (please check for the list in the program details).

A passing grade at the graduate level is B- (65%). Anything less will reflect as an F on the transcript. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in each of the three semesters of the residency period.

Students may be requested to fulfill other course requirements depending on their research or academic background. The Graduate Admissions and Advisory Committee (GSAAC) or supervisor may stipulate additional course work depending on the background of the candidate.

There are five formal requirements for the M.Sc degree:

1. The course work as stipulated above - it is recommended that elective courses be completed within the first year.

2. Two student seminars: a Proposal Seminar presented within 5 months of starting the program and a Thesis Seminar based on the research done for the M.Sc degree to be delivered approximately 6 weeks before the student plans to submit the thesis.

3. Participation in the Annual Research Day held each May.

4. A thesis: it is expected that the M.Sc thesis will generate a body of work comprised of 1 unit of published or publishable research

5. M.Sc degree is to be completed by the end of Year 3.

Important Note: Graduate Students can be required to withdraw from their program of study for documented lack of performance in research or two course failures more info can be found here www.mcgill.ca/study/2019-2020/university regulations and resources/graduate/gps go failure policy. Details on graduate policies and tracking can be obtained at www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/research-tracking.

Master's program details here

 

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