School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Anatomy & Cell Biology

This program is now part of the new interdisciplinary program of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences.  

Anatomy & Cell biology


"The Anatomy department is unique within Queen’s for its emphasis on teaching. As a graduate student, I was encouraged to instruct undergraduates, medical students and other professional students which was so important for my personal academic development. Having a resource such as the Museum of Human Anatomy in the department – one of the best in North America – augments the quality and breadth of all students’ anatomy education."
—Perrie O'Tierney, Ph.D, 2008


Program Contact

Marilyn McAuley
Graduate Assistant
Dept of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences
Bottrell Hall 
Stuart St. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 75831


Program Overview

The graduate program in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen’s University offers programs leading to Master of Science (research) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Both M.Sc and Ph.D students may concentrate on one or more of the following fields of study:

  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • Biology of reproduction
  • Cancer
  • Neural regeneration

For students interested in pursuing a teaching career, the M.Sc. in Anatomical Sciences(M.Sc. teaching) is designed to educate in the art of teaching and designing curricula in the anatomical sciences.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates of our M.Sc. Anatomical Sciences program have pursued careers at both Canadian and foreign colleges and universities as health services education co-ordinators or have gone on to further their education as medical students or Ph.D. students.

Graduates of our M.Sc.(research) program have gone on to biomedical-related careers or further studies in Medicine, Health Care & Hospital Administration, Rehabilitation Therapy and Ph.D. programs. In addition to career paths similar to M.Sc. graduates, our Ph.D. graduates have gone on to faculty positions at various institutes.


Degrees Offered / Length of Program
  • M.Sc.(research): 2 years, full time
  • M.Sc.(teaching): Anatomical Sciences: 16 months, full time
  • Ph.D in Anatomy & Cell Biology.: 4 years, full time
  • Mini Masters with accelerated entry to Ph.D.: 1.5 years
Method of Completion
  • M.Sc. (research): course work, seminars, research project & thesis (with oral defense)
  • M.Sc. (teaching) in Anatomical Sciences: course work, practicum and report (with defense)
  • Ph.D.: research, and two-part comprehensive exam (written and oral), thesis, and oral defense
Fields of study and Supervisors

We recommend that you establish contact with a potential supervisor before applying to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. research programs.


  • R. D. Andrew - Neurophysiology, imaging of brain tissue
  • B. A. Croy - Immune-competent cell populations in mammalian pregnancy
  • L. Flynn - Tissue engineering with adipose-derived stem cells
  • C. H. Graham - Trophoblast and decidual cell interactions; biology of cancer
  • C. J. Justinich - Pathophysiology and immunology of esophagitis
  • F. W. K. Kan - Oviductal regulation of sperm-egg interactions and fertilization
  • M. D. Kawaja - Neuroplasticity in the adult mammalian brain
  • R. J. Oko - Molecular/cellular biology of spermatogenesis
  • S. C. Pang - Cellular pathophysiology in hypertension
  • D. R. Siemens - Micro-environment of tumor cells
  • G. N. Smith - Etiology, outcomes and potential therapies for pre-eclampsia
  • C. Tayade - Immune mechanisms in endometriosis and immunology of pregnancy
  • A. Y. Jin - Stroke, drug design, neurology
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Sc. (research) $19,000 and Ph.D.: $21,000 minimum, including teaching assistantships.

We encourage all M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to apply for funding through federal, provincial and private sector sources.

Funding for students enrolled in our M.Sc., Anatomical Sciences program is variable.

Academic Prerequisites

Grades: 75% over 2nd to 4th years, over all courses taken.

  • M.Sc. (research): Second-class standing in an honours bachelor's degree.
  • M.Sc. Anatomical Sciences: recognized honours degree with a background in Biology or Health Sciences or equivalent professional degrees (BN.Sc., B.Sc. PT).
  • Ph.D. (research): A Master's degree is normally required for admission to the Ph.D. program although in certain circumstances direct admission to the Ph.D. program is possible. Students holding the degree of Doctor of Medicine/Dentistry or equivalent can directly enter the Ph.D.program.

Other Requirements

An offer of admission to the M.Sc. or Ph.D.(research) programs depends upon matching of a supervisor in a laboratory in your area of interest.

If required, TOEFL scores of 550 (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: March 1 (flexible for M.Sc. research & PhD candidates but fixed for MSc. Anatomical Sciences).


Learning Outcomes
Dan Mulder
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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