Introduction

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Candidates for this degree must have completed an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least A- from a recognized university, with courses such as biology, biochemistry, calculus, organic and physical chemistry, general physics, and physiology. 

Physical stream students from undergraduate programs in physics, mathematics, engineering and other sciences are encouraged to apply to the MSc program.

Program Requirements

All students are required to:

  • Take 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in physiology courses, with the following guidelines:
    • ​​​0.5 FCE in PSL 1000H0 MSC Seminars in Physiology (Credit/No Credit), mandatory for all graduate students in Physiology
    • 0.5 FCE in physiology graduate-only courses
    • 0.5 FCE with a choice of (i) a physiology graduate-only course or physiology joint graduate-undergraduate course (pref​erable option) or (ii) a course taken in another department (rare choice) upon the approval of the Department
  • Select courses in consultation with the supervisor and/or advisory committee.
  • Complete and defend a research thesis acceptable to the graduate department.
  • Do one of the following within 12 to 18 months in the MSc program:
    • ​​​Write and defend an MSc thesis and graduate.
    • Write and defend a thesis and go on to the PhD program.
    • Transfer from the MSc into the PhD program. Transfer is encouraged for students who have made substantial progress in their research and have demonstrated the desire and potential to meet the requirements of a rigorous research training program. Such students will have fulfilled all course requirements for the MSc with at least an A- average and have demonstrated potential for publication of their work. There must be a clearly identified program for future research that continues, or is consistent with, work already underway. Too large a project for the MSc is not a reason for transfer to the PhD.
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