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Doctoral students in the Gastrointestinal Sciences program gain a deep understanding of normal digestive function, including the mechanisms responsible for dysfunction and the development of disease. Students work with highly-skilled scientists on research into illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s Disease), irritable bowel disease, and bacterial (such as clostridium difficile) or parasitic (helminthes and giardiasis) infections. The wide range of program specializations reflects the diversity of research interests and disciplinary strengths of our faculty and students.
Students participate in journal clubs, research groups, interdisciplinary training and professional development activities.
Pharmaceutical industry – researcher, project manager; academia, including post-doctoral research; government, consulting, public health.
A PhD in gastrointestinal sciences is usually considered a final degree; many graduates pursue post-doctoral research.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
One course, depending on the student's background
Four years full-time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before the student applies for admission
A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
An MSc or equivalent from a recognized institution.
C.V. and Confirmation of Funding from the proposed supervisor
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, ABT2N 4N1
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