Master of Biomedical Science (MBS)

The MBS programme was designed to provide students with graduate training over a shorter duration than the MSc programme, and without the requirement of a full, written thesis. Students entering the MBS programme are often unsure of their desire to complete a thesis-based graduate degree or are upgrading their academic standing to increase their competitiveness for professional programmes. For students who gain or affirm an interest in academic research, MBS students have the opportunity to transfer into the MSc programme at any point before their third semester, which some have opted to do.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have an Honours BSc in biological sciences or a degree in veterinary medicine (or equivalent), with a minimum average "B+" standing for the last two years of full-time study completed prior to entry into the graduate program. Letters of reference from two of the applicant's professors must be provided with the application. In addition, a short statement of the applicant's research interests and career goals, is required to assist in the selection of faculty advisors. Students may be admitted into the Fall, Winter or Spring semester.

Students who do not meet this "B+" minimum requirement but do meet the University minimum of "B-" may be admitted into a "provisional" category if there is additional evidence to suggest that the applicant is capable of successfully completing the graduate program (e.g., exemplary letters of recommendation, or evidence of prior work or research experience). Transfer to the "regular" category is recommended when the student obtains a minimum "B+" in two graduate courses approved by the Department's Graduate Program Committee in consultation with the student's Advisory Committee.

Degree Requirements

  • The MBS program requires a minimum of 3 semesters of study.
    • It is expected that students graduate from this degree within 12 months of enrolment. Students who cannot finish within this time period may be allowed to continue to a later graduation date. 
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 4.0 course credits. This includes the mandatory BIOM*6900 course which must be taken in the final semester of the degree (see program information below).
  • MBS Program Outline


Contact us

MBS Graduate Coordinator: Craig Bailey
Office: Rm 2602
Extension: 54954

Graduate Program Assistant: Katherine Iversen
Office: Rm 2509, Stewart Building, OVC (Building #45)
Extension: 54780