School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Anatomy and Cell Biology


Effective September 2014, the graduate programs in Anatomy and Cell Biology become part of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. There is no new admission to Anatomy and Cell Biology effective September 2014.

Graduate students registered in Anatomy and Cell Biology prior to September 2014 would normally be expected to follow the programs of study and degree requirements listed below.

For more information, go to: Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences section of this calendar.

Master's Programs

Pattern I: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Anatomy and Cell Biology consists of a research thesis and course work of which 1.5 of the required 2 credits must be selected from graduate courses that are not combined with undergraduate courses or seminars and are exclusive of a research project and thesis.

Pattern II: Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences (M.Sc. [A.S.])

The Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences is a 16-month intensive program of courses and practicum focused on educating and training students to teach and design anatomical curriculum in health sciences. This program is structured around three basic pillars of post-secondary education: Content, Pedagogical and Inquiry Competence. The students are provided with in-depth courses in the four anatomical disciplines, together with courses on teaching and learning in higher education (one full and seven half advanced courses). The practicum provides the students with hands-on experience in human gross anatomy dissection, techniques in specimen preparation, histology techniques, electronic media, digital imaging technology for anatomical sciences, and classroom (both large and small) and laboratory teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses. The students also complete an independent research study with project topics selected from areas in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pedagogy in Anatomical Sciences or Instructional Technology. Students are admitted annually on September 1.

Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology

This a research degree requiring approximately three years of study and supervised research if subsequent to a Master of Science degree in anatomy or a related discipline, or about 4 years if the student is accepted directly into the Ph.D. program or carries out a `mini-masters`. The number of courses prescribed depends on the student's background in relation to the chosen field of study. The research and thesis will normally take up at least two thirds of the student's full-time study requirements. All doctoral students are required to take a two-part comprehensive examination within the first eighteen months of the program.

Direct Admission to Ph.D.

Candidates with outstanding undergraduate academic record may be admitted directly into the PhD program.

Mini -Master's Defense

A student registered in the M.Sc. program with an excellent academic record and exceptional ability to perform research, may be accelerated into a Ph.D. program upon recommendation of the Anatomy and Cell Biology program and following submission and defense of a 'mini-master's' thesis. This is an abbreviated write-up of the candidate`s research carried out to date as well as a general plan to complete the Ph.D. research. It is recommended that a 'mini-master's' should be considered early in the program for students performing at excellent levels.