What will I learn?

What is Translational Medicine?

Translational Medicine is driven by our patients and their diseases. Guided by this primary focus, translational research spans across the spectrum from molecular and cell biology to preclinical models to patient studies and back again (see Figure). Our programs aim to train the next generation of researchers to be effective translators of biomedical discovery. Our graduates will operate at the intersection of clinical and related sciences and will have the expertise to generate and lead discovery through an integrated process, increasing the efficiency of translating science knowledge into health improvement.

Program Overview

The new and innovative Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Translational Medicine is a unique research based graduate program. The program provides students with a fresh perspective, offering a curriculum interweaving graduate level research with authentic clinical experiences in a multidisciplinary environment across departments at Queen’s University.

Combining the fields of medicine and research, this programs links graduate level research skills with a variety of clinical experiences including patient interactions, clinical observerships and medical rounds to enhance professional thinking and action. This innovative curriculum will offer important foundation work for future careers in the biomedical field, and will provide critical skills for pursuing careers that include clinician scientists, biomedical researchers, leaders in industry and public health and/or health policy.

Program Highlights

Study where you work and live
Build on your academic education or enhance your career with advanced knowledge and skills
Learn about translational medicine from an interdisciplinary perspective with authentic clinical experiences
Experience team-based learning with other students
Network with students, alumni, and leaders in this emerging field
Complete a supervised project on a topic of your choice

Career paths – employment opportunities

A degree in Translational Medicine can take your career in many directions. Our students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers such as:

  • Medicine
  • Post-doctoral fellowships or academia
  • Public Health and Health Policy
  • Health research (research associates in universities, hospitals, government, public health units)

Learning Outcomes

Anticipated learning outcomes for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Translational Medicine include the following:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a substantial body of knowledge and integrate the knowledge to advance one’s understanding of current issues in translational medicine;
  • Conceptualize, design, and implement research for the generation of new knowledge regarding translational medicine research;
  • Undertake applied research at an advanced level, contributing to the development of the field;
  • Make informed judgements on complex issues in translational medicine;
  • Clearly and effectively articulate complex ideas, issues, and one’s research orally, visually, and in written format to diverse audiences.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

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

January 2021


Faculty of Health Sciences

Decanal Office,

18 Barrie Street,


Ontario (ON),

K7L 3N6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Master’s degree with a minimum B+ standing, demonstrated research potential and clear interests. Applicants must have TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): The minimum overall score is 88, made up of the minimum scores in each component test as follows: Writing test: 24/30; Speaking test: 22/30; Reading test: 22/30; Listening test: 20/30; MELAB: 80 (minimum overall score); IELTS: 7 (minimum score, academic module); PTE Academic: 65 (minimum overall score).

For international students

Master’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum of an A- average.

Language Requirements

  • International English Language Testing System (Academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each component, or
    TOEFL iBT with a passing score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section.