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Applying to the Institute of Medical Science is a smart decision.  Here’s Why.

6 Reasons to Choose the IMS.


Our superb graduate faculty ensures the highest quality graduate training experience for our students

Our faculty holds professorial appointments across the Faculty of Medicine in the Clinical, Basic Science, Rehabilitation Science, and Community Health sectors.  Their research covers a wide range of multidisciplinary research areas in biomedical science, clinical science, population health and health services, bioethics, health professions education and radiation oncology. Within each field, faculty study in such areas as Infection/Immunology, Neuroscience/Brain Health, Cardiovascular/Respiratory/Musculoskeletal, Cancer, Regenerative Medicine/Development, Endocrine/Gastroenterology.

Focus on translational research

The IMS is taking on a leading role in translational research training that links fundamental discovery with patient-based research (individual and population-based) and clinical applications, health promotion and disease prevention, with the intention of improving health outcomes for individuals and populations.

Work side-by-side with clinician-scientists.  The IMS has had a national and international impact on clinician scientist training.  The number of MD clinician scientists currently enrolled in the IMS is more than double that of all other clinician scientist training programs in Canada.  Our graduates are established as academic leaders at the University of Toronto and across Canada.  Many Canadian medical schools now use the IMS model as a template for establishing their own health scientist training programs

Research intensive graduate degrees

Our graduates receive a MSc or PhD degree in Medical Science, with the thesis title, supervisor’s name, and courses taken on their official transcript. Our minimum course requirements are modest so that students can focus on an intensive research apprenticeship with world-class researchers.  Our doctoral stream degrees require completion of a thesis, which often forms the basis for peer-reviewed publications.

The focus on research affords students the opportunity to spend their time conceptualizing, performing, and writing up their research findings.

Master of Science students have the opportunity to accelerate their degree completion by transferring from the MSc to the PhD program without having to defend a MSc thesis. On average, our MSc graduates publish two peer-reviewed publications (one first-authored publication) and our PhD graduates publish 7 peer-reviewed publications (3 first-authored publications).

Competitive support for students

We guarantee a minimum student stipend to MSc and PhD students in good standing.

Our current MSc minimum student stipend is $17,340 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees annually for the first 2 years of graduate study.

Our current PhD minimum student stipend is $19,380 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees annually for the first 5 years of graduate study.

Students who receive major external awards valued at $15,000 are eligible for up to $4,000 in addition to their stipend.  However if the value of the award is greater than the value of the total stipend plus $4,000, the student then becomes ineligible for the merit bonus. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to provide the merit bonus.

Approximately 55% of our stipend funding is derived from external student awards, 35% from research supervisor operating grants, and 10% from internal UofT Awards.

Our MSc and PhD students receive major external awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program.  Many more receive student awards from other funding agencies such as the Kidney Foundation, Ontario Mental Health Foundation, National Cancer Institute of Canada, etc.

A great student experience

Located in the heart of metropolitan Toronto, the Institute of Medical Science give students the opportunity to work with world class researchers in a diverse and thriving city.

The IMS has over 500 current graduate students and one of the highest percentages of international students of any UofT graduate department.  Approximately 30% are licensed medical doctoral, residents, or fellows.  5% hold international medical doctor degrees but are no longer practicing medicine.  65% of our students are non-MDs, usually with an Arts and Sciences Bachelors and/or Masters’ Degree.

The IMS Student Association (IMSSA) is very active.  The Council Members have tremendous input into the activities of the IMS, through their involvement on key IMS committees.  The students have regular social activities organized across disciplines, organized through the IMSSA.


A bright future!