School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Biomedical & Molecular Sciences programs approved.

photo collage of DBMS

30 January 2014

It is with great pleasure that the School of Graduate Studies is happy to announce that the Quality Council of Ontario has approved the MSc, MSc (Anatomical Sciences) and PhD programs in the Department of Biomedical & Molecular Science (DBMS).

Dr Louise Winn, Associate Head of DBMS, expressed that “we are extremely excited to receive approval for the new structure of the graduate programs within DBMS, which provides opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research for graduate students. The new programs meet the challenge for Queen's faculty to develop collaborative and integrated programs of teaching and research by working across discipline, faculty, and institutional boundaries”. 

Major program innovations include the establishment of: 

1) The move to common seminar courses for all students in the MSc and PhD graduate programs. This will encourage the inter-disciplinary nature of the programs, and provide a forum for students to present their thesis research to both experts and other biomedical scientists and trainees from complementary fields;

2) The "Fundamentals of Academic Biomedical Research" course, which will introduce all graduate students to topics such as ethics in research, laboratory safety, proper record keeping, and drafting a research grant application;

3) A series of thematically based hands-on methods courses that will allow students to have direct experience with state of the art research techniques; these will be available to students in all program fields as well as to students from outside of the Department.

The Graduate programs in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences offer an MSc (Anatomical Sciences), a thesis-based MSc research degree and, a PhD degree. In the latter two degree programs (MSc and PhD), students would choose one of the following Fields of Specialization:

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Experimental Medicine
  • Microbes, Immunity, and Inflammation
  • Reproduction and Developmental Sciences
  • Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology

For more information on the program go to the SGS website at