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What will I learn?

The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Medicine, Doctor of / Doctor of Philosophy is offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies. Selected and highly qualified students have the opportunity to combine their medical school experience with intensive scientific training in a chosen fie​ld. Students in this program are eligible for financial support.

Students carry out research under the supervision of a faculty member at the University and should consult the appropriate department or institute regarding specific research programs.

Students may combine the MD program with one of the following PhD programs:



Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Medical Biophysics

Medical Science

Molecular Genetics

Nutritional Sciences



​Program Requirements

Applicants may pursue the dual degrees via an integrated or a sequential route.

Integrated: Students with a master's or bachelor's degree enter the MD/PhD program and, within a six- to seven-year period, complete the requirements of the first two years of the MD program and all requirements of the PhD program. During this time, a predetermined program of integration is pursued which provides time allocation for both medical school and graduate study. On completion of the PhD requirements, students return full-time to the medical program.

Sequential: Students with a master's or bachelor's degree enter the medical program on a full-time basis. After 12 to 18 months of medical school, they proceed to full-time graduate work until the PhD requirements are completed. Students then return to medical school to complete the last 2 to 3 years.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$48,990.00 (US$ 38,398) per year
Start date

September 2021


University of Toronto

St. George Campus,

27 King's College Circle,


Ontario (ON),

M5S 1A1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an appropriate master's degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least B+ or demonstrated comparable research competence. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL Paper-based Test Overall Score: 580, TWE: 4; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 85, with no part score below 80; Cambridge English Proficiency/Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).

For international students

An appropriate master’s degree or, in some programs, an appropriate bachelor’s degree, with high academic standing from a recognized university is required.

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are:

Internet-based Test:

Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 +19 - 21 on Writing

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.