Queen's University

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Graduate Studies

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Pathology & Molecular Medicine



"It’s a great environment to work in. I had a lot of fun and made good friends. When you’re working in a lab, it can be easy to forget that you’re working to help people. It’s easy to forget what cancer really is. I don’t have that problem.”

Doug Richardson, PhD. 2009

Program Contact

Mark Andrews
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine
Richardson Laboratory & Room 201 
88 Stuart Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 79558
E-mail: gradprogram@path.queensu.ca
Website: www.path.queensu.ca


Program Overview

The graduate programs in Pathology and Molecular Medicine offer opportunities to pursue advanced degrees under the supervision of an exceptional group of basic, clinical and translational researchers. Our programs provide comprehensive training in basic and translational biomedical research. 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.

Career paths – employment opportunities

M.Sc. Graduates:

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

Ph.D. Graduates:

  • Post-doctoral work
  • Research and/or teaching positions at academic institutions or the private sector
  • Venture capital investment advisory roles in the financial sector
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

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

Ph.D.: Course work, research making novel contributions to the field of study and a thesis

CIHR Cancer Training and Collaborative Cancer Programs

These programs offer stipend support and a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary training in cancer research that includes basic molecular genetic, translational, pre-clinical drug development and clinical trials studies – as well as opportunities to work collaboratively with pharmaceutical industry partners including term placements in private sector locations.

Fields of study and Supervisors

We recommend that you contact potential supervisors in advance.

Cancer Research and Developmental Biology

  • David Berman
  • Susan P.C. Cole
  • Scott Davey
  • Roger Deeley
  • Bruce Elliot
  • Peter Greer
  • David LeBrun
  • Chris Mueller
  • Christopher J. Nicol
  • Martin Petkovich
  • Leda Raptis
  • Michael Rauh
  • Mark Ropeleski
  • Waheed Sangrar
  • Paul Young
  • Victor Tron
  • Xiaolong Yan

Human Genetics & Cytogenetics

  • Harriet Feilotter

Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research and Vascular Biology

  • David.P. Lillicrap
  • Donald Maurice
  • Paula James
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Sc.: $21,700 minimum

Ph.D.: $22,700 minimum

For internal, provincial and national competitive award winners, the funding package increases by 2.5%, 5% and 10% respectively.

We encourage all students to apply for additional funding through CIHR, NSERC, OGS, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Department of Defence and/or the American Cancer Society.

Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Departmental Awards:The Pathology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Award is available to one outstanding entry-level graduate student in either the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program.

The Robert Kisilevsky Fund for Research Education supports a bursary program for full-time first-year Ph.D. students.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc. Program: Honours B.Sc. or equivalent in life sciences, biochemistry, biology, etc. (Students with only a general degree can be admitted for a qualifying year.)

Ph.D. Program: Honours B.Sc. or equivalent with first class standing or M.Sc. or equivalent

We consider all of your grades, but pay particular attention to the last two years of science-related courses.

Test 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.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1 to qualify for internal funding competitions, but we accept applications all year.

Notification of Acceptance: Quickly pending confirmation of a supervisor

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (314 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (314 KB)