What will I learn?

Program Overview

The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine is a clinical department with a major research focus in cancer, homeostasis and vascular biology. Trainees therefore have opportunities to pursue comprehensive training in basic and translational biomedical research, an example being diagnostic, predictive and prognostic biomarker research.

The graduate programs offer opportunities to pursue advanced degrees under the supervision of an exceptional group of basic, clinical and translational researchers.

With a focus on cancer – 15 of our 20 investigators are cancer biologists – our department members deliver comprehensive diagnostic laboratory and clinical services to Southeastern Ontario through the Kingston General Hospital, offering great training for the next generation of biomedical research scientists and laboratory physicians.

Queen's therefore is a great setting to learn first-hand how the fast pace of molecular genetics research is changing clinical practice, leading to exciting new diagnostic and treatment approaches for cancer and other diseases.

Opportunities

Trainees have many opportunities to present their work at local, national and international scientific conferences. Interactions with clinician-scientists in the context of their translational research programs or exposure to their clinical service roles provides important practical context for our trainee’s own research. The department also provides funding for travel to distant laboratories to acquire specific techniques or skills that can be established in their home labs.

Multidisciplinary exposure is a major objective of our cancer training experience. The close relationship between the department and the Cancer Research Institute and its three divisions (Cancer Biology and Genetics, Clinical Trials, and Cancer Care and Epidemiology) provides a unique perspective on multidisciplinary research. This is also formalized in the Collaborative Cancer Graduate Program, which is offered to all trainees engaged in cancer-focused research.

Method of Completion

M.Sc.: Course work, research demonstrating experimental competence and a thesis

Career paths - employment opportunities

M.Sc. Graduates: are well suited to employment in Health Care (Hospital clinical labs), pharmaceutical companies, academic labs, and scientific supply companies, as well as roles in administration in academic, health care or government settings.

  • Teaching positions in academic institutions or the private sector
  • Technical positions in academic institutions or the private sector
  • Marketing positions in private sector companies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,927.45 (US$ 10,114) per year
Start date

January 2021

Venue

Faculty of Health Sciences

Decanal Office,

18 Barrie Street,

KINGSTON,

Ontario (ON),

K7L 3N6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic Prerequisites: 4-year bachelor’s honour degree in any discipline. Minimum upper second-class standing (B+/GPA 3.3), over the last two years of study), and demonstrated evidence of strong academic potential. For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

For international students

Students must have Honours B.Sc. or equivalent in life sciences, biochemistry, biology, etc. (Students with only a general degree can be admitted for a qualifying year.). The ideal undergraduate background for the program would be one rich in molecular genetics and cell biology, in addition to foundational courses in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physiology, Biology and Biochemistry. The Queen’s Life Sciences and DBMS programs, or similar programs from other institutions provide excellent backgrounds.

English language requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

ADD TO MY FAVOURITES