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For over 40 years the graduate program in Medical Science has prepared students for independent scientific careers in academic and non-academic settings. Graduates of the doctoral program have a strong record of excellence in obtaining post-doctoral positions often leading to faculty appointments or jobs in industry at leading institutes across Canada and around the world.
One of the University of Calgary's largest graduate programs, Medical Science offers specializations ranging from cancer biology and critical care to molecular and medical genetics (but training is not limited to these specialties). Our program is supported by collaborations with related programs throughout the Cumming School of Medicine and the University of Calgary.
Courses: Topics will be determined according to the student's research area.
Research Ethics: Students are required to attend Research Integrity Day sessions in the first year of their program.
Seminars: Students will participate in a research in progress semina and journal club relevant to their program.
Research Proposal: Students must defend a written research proposal to their supervisory committee.
Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Academic researchers, education, medicine, government agencies, health organizations, and the private sector/industry; biotechnology start-up companies, clinical trials, research-oriented positions in pharmaceutical/biotech companies and Fortune 500 businesses.
A PhD in medical science 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.
Four years full time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program
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 other relevant Master's degree.
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, AB T2N 4N1
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