MSC – Guide through our program

Timeline:

End of first year
12 credits of course work completed; supervisory committee established and has met once

Maximum time allowed for completing a master’s degree: five years (can be extended with approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies)

Guide through the program:

Courses
While enrolled in the MSc program, students have to keep registered in MEDI549 (MSc Thesis course). If a student transfers from the MSc to the PhD program, they will have to register in MEDI549 only for the last term in the MSc program and then for MEDI649 (PhD Thesis course) for their first term in the PhD program.

MSc students are required to take 12 credits of course work further to the 18 credits of MSc Thesis course, which would include the two mandatory courses MEDI 501 (3 credits) and MEDI 502 (3 credits) plus 6 credits of additional courses. At least 3 credits of these additional courses must be taken at the 500+ level. Students are permitted to take a maximum of 3 credits at the undergraduate-level in courses numbered 300 to 499. In some cases students entering the program with a master’s degree or transferring from another program may be excused from the coursework requirement if such an exemption is approved by the Program Director and the Research Supervisor. A statistics course (e.g., BIOL 300) is recommended for all students whose previous background in this area is not adequate.

Supervisory Committee Meetings
Students are obliged to submit their supervisory committee meeting reports (SupervisoryCtteReport) or minutes after each supervisory committee meeting. The policy of the Faculty of Graduate Studies advises students to have a supervisory committee meeting annually.

Student/Director Meetings

All students who are in their first year need to schedule a meeting with our Program Director. Due to the size of the program, our Director cannot meet with each student annually to enquire about their progress in our program. Therefore we send out an Online Annual Report each June that students must return to our office together with Student/Supervisor Evaluation Forms.  Students are obliged to provide the Experimental Medicine Program with this information according to the policies and regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (laid out in their Handbook under the Chapter “Graduate Student Responsibilities”).

Student Research Days
Each June and November the Experimental Medicine Program holds a Student Research Day.
Students will be asked to present a poster or oral presentation once per year. Exceptions are those students who defended their thesis by the date of the Student Research Day. Also, students who presented in the previous Student Research Day are not expected to present.

Choosing a Research Topic
Choosing a research topic and methodology should ultimately be a joint decision among you, your supervisor and your supervisory committee. Initially, however, the determination of a research topic is up to you and your supervisor. Be sure to discuss the research topic early in your student/supervisor relationship.