School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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


"The Physiology graduate program prepares you for diverse career opportunities through hands-on training with state of the art equipment and comprehensive graduate-level courses. The faculty are very supportive and approachable, and the staff are always available when you need them.”

Mark Lukewich, Ph.D. candidate

Program Contact

Wendy Cumpson
Graduate Assistant
Physiology Program
Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2796


Program Overview

Our graduate program is your gateway to the study of the physiology of human disease. Students conduct research in numerous disciplines, such as cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, neurophysiology and gastrointestinal physiology. This is often done in collaboration with faculty and students in other programs and departments. We strive to offer a well-rounded education with academic and scholarly activities to prepare you for rewarding careers.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • M.Sc.: research associates, pharmaceutical companies, government science, education, professional schools, clinical trial groups
  • Ph.D.: University and college faculty, pharmaceutical companies, government research, education, professional schools
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc.: 1.5-2 years

Ph.D.: 3-5 years

We also offer a “Mini-Master” transfer to Ph.D. from the M.Sc., and although rare, direct-entry Ph.D. from the undergraduate level.

Method of Completion

Degrees involve experimental work and require defense of a research-based thesis. Course work is tailored to your background and requirements.

Fields of study and Supervisors

Prior to submitting your application, we strongly recommend that you contact faculty whose research interests match your own. This is particularly important for international students.

•             Adrian M. Baranchuk: Sleep apnea, cardiac arrhythmia, electrocardiography.

• Michael J.Beyak: Gut sensory nerves, food intake and obesity.

• Michael G.Blennerhassett: Intestine, Neurobiology, smooth muscle, inflammation, colitis.

• Gunnar Blohm: Computational modeling and experimentation in sensorimotor control.

•             Michael Dorris: Neural basis of decision making.

• Eric C.Dumont: Neurobiology of addiction

•             Alastair V. Ferguson: Blood-brain communication and autonomic control.

•             John T. Fisher: Airway innervation and sensory feedback from the lung.

•             Michael F.Fitzpatrick: Sleep apnea, upper airway physiology

• Colin D. Funk: Cardiovascular inflammation.

•             Steve Iscoe: Cardiorespiratory failure.

• Christopher Justinich: Gastrointestinal mucosal inflammation.

•             Alan E.G. Lomax: Neural regulation of gastrointestinal blood flow.

• M.Diane Lougheed: Asthma, airway hyper-responsiveness and cough.

•             R. John MacLeod: Wnt signalling cascades initiated by the extracellular calcium-sensing receptor.

•             Neil S. Magoski: Ion channel modulation and  neuronal excitability.

•             Douglas P. Munoz: Neural control of eye movements.

• Denis O’Donnell: Pulmonary rehabilitation, breathing control, asthma.

•             Martin Pare: Neural basis of visual behaviour.

• Christopher M.Parker: Applied cardiorespiratory physiology.

• William G.Paterson: Esophageal physiology and pethophysiology

• Damian P.Redfearn: Cardiac Arrhythmia.

•             Francois Rivest: Computational basis of learning and interval timing.

• P. Ken Rose: Input/output properties of spinal neurons.

• Stephen J.Vanner: Gastrointestinal inflammation and autonomic nervous system.

• Dean A.Van Vugt: Neurendocrinology, reproduction, neuroimaging, obesity.

•             Christopher A. Ward: Myocardial electrophysiology and reactive oxygen species.

•             Shetuan Zhang: Ion channel function and cardiac arrhythmias.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Sc. Students: $19,000 minimum stipend

Ph.D. Students: $21,000 minimum stipend

Supervisors may offer stipends above the minimum. Currently, our average stipends exceed the minimum at both levels.

Stipends are inclusive of internal awards, external awards, Queen’s Graduate Awards, teaching assistantships and supplementary salary from supervisor research grants.

We strongly encourage you to apply for external awards. Contact the Graduate Assistant for a full list of sources and deadlines. Queen’s issues a $5,000 (masters) or $7,500 (PhD) top-up award to incoming Tri-Council Award winners.

Academic Prerequisites

Honors undergraduate degree in an appropriate program with a minimum second class standing (B+) or a Doctor of Medicine.  We consider all courses over the last 4 years.

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 he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1st for September admission.

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (108 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (108 KB)