The Biomed graduate program offers opportunities for interdisciplinary studies leading to the MBS, MSc and PhD degrees. Students pursue research in an area of emphasis linked to their faculty advisor's research page.
General Admission Requirements
Research in the Biomedical Sciences disciplines is characterized by the interaction of scientists from diverse academic disciplines. Accordingly, there are no specific prerequisite courses for the graduate programs in the Department. Each application is considered on an individual basis, taking into account the applicant's academic background and relevant experience. The decision to recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that an applicant be admitted to the graduate program is based on the student's scholastic record and suitability for the proposed research program. Also considered is the availability of a suitable advisor, the availability of funds to support the research program and where necessary, the availability of a stipend for the student.
Focus of Graduate Studies
The focus of graduate training in the Department of Biomedical Sciences is in scientific disciplines which are basic to understand the structures and biological function of various organ and cellular systems in vertebrate animals. The research emphases within the department deal with scientific topics that are basic to veterinary medicine and problems which have application to the health of human beings and animals, in addtion to research in cell biology.
The Department offers the following degree programs:
- Master of Biomedical Science (MBS)
- Master of Science (MSc)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc)
The MSc, MBS and PhD programs provide emphasis in one of the department's four major divisions: Reproductive Biology and Development, Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease, Biomedical Toxicology/Pharmacology and Neuroscience. A distinctive feature of both the research interests of the faculty, and the graduate training, is its interdisciplinary nature. Graduate students may also participate in Interdepartmental programs in toxicology, biophysics and neuroscience if their faculty advisor is a member of the Interdepartmental graduate group.
For entry to the MSc and MBS programs a BSc (Hons) or a DVM degree is required. A requirement for admission to the PhD program is the completion of an MSc program, although outstanding students may, subject to approval, transfer directly to the PhD program before completing their MSc degree.
Applications for admission to the DVSc program are handled through the Interdepartmental DVSc Program Committee of the Ontario Veterinary College. A DVM (or equivalent) degree is required for entry to the DVSc program.
Fields of Study
Graduate work can be conducted in one of the following: Reproductive Biology; Developmental, Cell and Tissue Morphology and Biomedical Toxicology/Pharmacology and Neuroscience. The major areas of research generally span individual disciplines and include: reproductive biology, endocrinology, developmental biology, embryo technology, genetics, pharmacology-toxicology, inflammatory process and blood coagulation, digestive physiology, neurosciences, and biomechanics. The department participates in the interdepartmental toxicology, biophysics and neuroscience programs.