Degree Requirements

For course information, see Courses.

Quarter-credit course codes (0.25 FCE) end in H (for modular courses in the MSC1100 series only.) Half-credit course codes (0.5 FCE) end in H. Full credit course codes (1.0 FCE) end in Y.

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

Students are required to complete a minimum of 2.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

If you entered the program IN or AFTER September 2020:

  • MSC 1010H – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (0.5 FCE)
  • 0.5 FCE modular courses (two courses at 0.25 FCE each)
  • 1.0 FCE elective (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)
  • a research MSc thesis and oral defense

If you entered the program BEFORE September 2020:

  • MSC 1010Y – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (1.0 FCE)
  • 1.0 FCE elective (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)
  • a research MSc thesis and oral defense

Doctor of Philosophy

Students are required to complete a minimum of 2.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

If you entered the program IN or AFTER September 2020:

  • MSC 1011H – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (0.5 FCE)
    • Not required if MSC 1010H was completed as part of an IMS Master's program
  • 0.5 FCE modular courses (two courses at 0.25 FCE each)
    • Not required if completed as part of an IMS Master's program
  • 1.0 FCE elective (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)*
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

If you entered the program BEFORE September 2020:

  • MSC 1011Y – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (1.0 FCE)
    • Not required if MSC 1010Y was completed as part of an IMS Master's program
  • 1.0 FCE elective (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)*
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

*An additional 1.0 FCE elective is required if MSC 1010Y or MSC 1010H + 0.5 FCE modular courses were completed as part of the IMS Master's program

 

PhD-Transfer from MSc:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 3.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCE) as follows:

If you entered the program IN or AFTER September 2020:

  • MSC 1010H – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (0.5 FCE). This must be completed before your transfer.
  • 0.5 FCE modular courses (two courses at 0.25 FCE each). This must be completed before your transfer.
  • 2.0 FCE electives (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses). Electives completed before your transfer count toward this course requirement.
  • a MSc-to-PhD Transfer Exam within 18-21 months of registration
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

If you entered the program BEFORE September 2020:

  • MSC 1010Y – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (1.0 FCE). This must be completed before your transfer.
  • 2.0 FCE electives (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses). Electives completed before your transfer count toward this course requirement.
  • a MSc-to-PhD Transfer Exam within 18-21 months of registration
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

 

PhD-Direct Entry:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 3.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCE) as follows:

If you entered the program IN or AFTER September 2020:

  • MSC 1011H – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (0.5 FCE)
  • 0.5 FCE modular courses (two courses at 0.25 FCE each)
  • 2.0 FCE electives (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)
  • a PhD Qualifying Exam within 18-21 months of registration
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

If you entered the program BEFORE September 2020:

  • MSC 1011Y – MSc Seminars in Translational Research (1.0 FCE)
  • 2.0 FCE electives (may be any combination of graded 1.0 FCE, 0.5 FCE or 0.25 FCE courses)
  • a PhD Qualifying Exam within 18-21 months of registration
  • a research PhD thesis and oral defense

 

PhD Candidacy: 

PhD students are expected to have completed all course requirements, held at least 4 PAC meetings (excluding the Transfer/Qualifying Exam), and have an approved thesis topic for the PhD degree by the end of the 3rd year of registration (or end of the 4th year for PhD Direct Entry and Transfer students). 

  • Students who have not acheived candidacy by the required time may have their registration in the PhD degree program terminated.  Students can apply for an extension to continue and must obtain the approval of the IMS and the School of Graduate Studies to proceed.  The IMS office will contact students whose candidacy is in jeopardy at least six months in advance.

Students may be required to take additional courses, either as part of additional degree requirements for a Collaborative Specialization, or at the recommendation of their supervisor and Program Advisory Committee.

Students who wish to enroll in graduate courses NOT required as part of the degree requirement (i.e. teaching courses, business courses, undergraduate science or English courses), must contact the IMS office about course registration. These courses including any undergraduate course will NOT count towards your degree requirements.

For more information on degree requirements, please refer to the Student Handbook.