Bioscience of Health and Disease
Why Bioscience of Health and Disease graduate program @ Memorial?
The Division of BioMedical Sciences (BMS) in the Faculty of Medicine hosts the Bioscience of Health and Disease graduate program, offering students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. As part of a vibrant research community, students will receive training in cancer research or developmental biology through biomedical laboratory research, coursework, seminars and an annual BioMedicine research symposium, along with other opportunities for professional development on campus. The Faculty of Medicine supports a visiting speaker program, teaching assistant (TA) opportunities, internal awards and scholarships, administrative staff support and the Office of Research & Graduate Studies dedicated to medicine graduate student matters. The Health Sciences Library is located in the Health Sciences Centre, adjacent to the Faculty of Medicine
Description of programs
- MSc (Med) – The MSc (Med) is thesis-based and designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Students accepted to the program who surpass minimum academic requirements and are enrolled in full-time studies in the Faculty of Medicine are granted a minimum stipend for two years. Students will generally complete required coursework within the first year and execute the majority of their research thesis preparation in the second year of their degree.
- PhD – The PhD program is thesis-based and designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. Students accepted to the program who surpass minimum academic requirements and are enrolled in full-time studies in the Faculty of Medicine are granted a minimum stipend for four years. Students will generally complete required coursework within the first 1-2 years and execute the majority of their research thesis preparation in the latter years of their degree. All PhD students at Memorial University are expected to complete their comprehensive exams by the seventh semester of study.
Contact a faculty supervisor
The Cancer & Development Research graduate programs require research project supervision by a primary graduate supervisor, or through a co-supervision arrangement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with a potential faculty supervisor prior to application. Visit the Bioscience of Health and Disease website for a list of faculty members to search their key research areas of interest. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a potential supervisor. Please note that acceptance to this program is very competitive.
The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.
Minimum admission requirements
- MSc (Med) – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
- PhD – Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study
Applications to the Bioscience of Health and Disease program are considered throughout the year for Winter, Spring or Fall start dates. Applicants must hold a superior academic record and be accepted by a faculty supervisor(s) within the Faculty of Medicine.
Potential career options and outcomes
Academic faculty member (university, college or private institution), research scientist (public or private laboratory), research assistant, health policy fellowship, physician, scientific writer, grants facilitator, entrepreneur (start-up company)
Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees are approved by the University’s Board of Regents. In the event of a discrepancy between the fees approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fees approved by the Board will prevail. Financial policies are enforced through the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. For the complete and official list of all fees and charges, visit www.mun.ca/finance/fees/.
Duration (Full-time students):
MSc (Med): 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years
MSc (Med): $12,000
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