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What will I learn?

This program is designed for persons who will become clinical specialists, but who plan careers as clinician scientists. The program allows the MD graduate to concentrate primarily on thesis research in Medical Sciences and to bridge the gap between clinical and basic medical research. In addition, the program offers training in clinical research.

Program Requirements:

There will be a minimum requirement of one-half credit in the discipline most relevant to the research project. Additional courses may be required to provide the knowledge base required for the thesis research. In addition, regular contributions to, and attendance at, a Journal Club and a Seminar series, will be a requirement to ensure a firm grounding in experimental methods.

Potential Careers:

  • Academia
  • Clinician scientist
  • Senior leadership.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,234.00 (US$ 7,228) per year
Summer term fee: CAN $2,599; fall term fee: CAN $4,005; winter term fee: CAN $2,630; Total fee: CAN $9,234
Application deadline

Expected August, December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,

HALIFAX,

Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students will be considered for acceptance into the PhD in Health program only after completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited program. Applicants who have completed a research (thesis-based) Master’s will be eligible for the two-year residency PhD program and those who have completed a non-thesis Master’s program are eligible for the three-year residency PhD program. Cumulative GPA of 3.7 based on both undergraduate and graduate transcripts. For International applicants, an English Language Competency score of TOEFL >100 (Internet) or IELTS 7.5.

For international students

Applicants must have,

  • First-class thesis Master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing
  • Most candidates for admission to a doctoral program possess a Master's Degree. Direct entry to some programs is possible for those with exceptional academic standing

English language requirement:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7
  • CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline for September admission is Apr 01, January admission is August 31 and May admission is December 31.

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

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