School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Translational Medicine


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What is Translational Medicine?

Translational Medicine is driven by our patients and their diseases. Guided by this primary focus, translational research spans across the spectrum from molecular and cell biology to preclinical models to patient studies and back again. Our programs aim to train the next generation of researchers to be effective translators of biomedical discovery. Our graduates will operate at the intersection of clinical and related sciences and will have the expertise to generate and lead discovery through an integrated process, increasing the efficiency of translating science knowledge into health improvement.

Program Contact

Translational Medicine Graduate Program
Julie Heagle, Graduate Assistant
Etherington Hall
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613 533 6000 ext 74148
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Program Overview

The unique and innovative Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Translational Medicine is a unique research based graduate program. The program provides students with a fresh perspective, offering a curriculum interweaving graduate level research with authentic clinical experiences in a multidisciplinary environment across departments at Queen’s University.

Combining the fields of medicine and research, this programs links graduate level research skills with a variety of clinical experiences including patient interactions, clinical observerships and medical rounds to enhance professional thinking and action. This innovative curriculum will offer important foundation work for future careers in the biomedical field, and will provide critical skills for pursuing careers that include clinician scientists, biomedical researchers, leaders in industry and public health and/or health policy.

Program Highlights

  • Build on your academic education or enhance your career with advanced knowledge and skills
  • Learn about translational medicine from an interdisciplinary perspective with authentic clinical experiences
  • Experience team-based learning with other students
  • Network with students, alumni, and leaders in this emerging field
  • Complete a supervised project on a topic of your choice

Career paths – employment opportunities

A degree in Translational Medicine can take your career in many directions. Our students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers such as:

  • Clinician scientists
  • Post-doctoral fellowships or academia
  • Leaders in industry and public health and or health policy
  • Biomedical researchers (research associates in universities, hospitals, government, public health units)
Degrees Offered and Method of Completion

Both the MSc  (2-years) and PhD (4-years) in Translational Medicine are research-based programs, which requires the completion of 12-credit courses, including three new mandatory core courses in translational medicine and 3 credits of elective course(s) chosen from students’ area of interests, and thesis research. PhD students also have the requirement of a comprehensive exam.

Fields of Study and Supervisors

We strongly recommend you contact potential supervisors during the application process. Offers will be made pending supervisor availability.

For a full listing of all TMED faculty and their clinical/research interests within the department, please go to the Translational Medicine website, faculty research pages

The areas of research include, but are not limited to: Inherited Bleeding Disorders and Molecular Hemostasis, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Neuroimmunology, Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine, Pulmonary Hypertension, Vascular Disease in Chronic Renal Failure, Allergy/Immunology, Cancer and Cancer Clinical Trials, Neurologic Outcomes after ICU Admission, Cognitive Disorders, Atherosclerotic Heart Disease, Cardiac Arrhythmias, Sleep Apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Understanding Intraocular Immune Mechanisms, Policy Development for Health Programs,  Biomedical Computing and Transcriptomics and Molecular Medicine.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Sc. Students: a minimum of $21,000/year for two years

Ph.D. Students: a minimum of $23,000/year for four years

Students enrolled in the program will receive funding packages to assist with living expenses and coverage of tuition. Financial assistance is available from several internal and external sources. Apply for external funding from OGS, CIHR/NSERC and other sources. Queen’s automatically issues a $5,000 (Masters) or $10,000 (PhD) top-up award to all incoming federal government Tri-Council award winners.


Application Fee: $110 CAD

Course Fees: $6,414,45 CAD per year

Visit the Office of the University Registrar for more information on program fees.

Academic Prerequisites

Masters – an undergraduate honours degree from a recognized university; minimum of a B+ average in the last two years

PhD - Master’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum of an A- average.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are completed and submitted on the School of Graduate Studies website, including an online application form and specific instructions regarding how to submit the following documents:

  • A Statement of Interest about how applicants’ background experiences and career aspirations make them ideally suited for the program (up to 4000 characters in the online application);
  • Transcripts for all postsecondary education;
  • Two references from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic performance

Applicants are required to submit an electronic resumé/curriculum vitae to

Language Requirements

  • In cases where English is not the first language, nor was the language of instruction in undergraduate studies, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Those applicants will need to provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:
  • International English Language Testing System (Academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each component, or
  • TOEFL iBT with a passing score of 93 including a minimum score of 24 on the speaking section.
Learning Outcomes

Anticipated learning outcomes for the Master of Science (MSc) in Translational Medicine include the following:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current issues in translational medicine;
  2. Critically evaluate and interpret research and its potential for translation into new clinical practices;
  3. Apply new and developing knowledge in one’s research field using appropriate designs;
  4. Clearly articulate one’s ideas, opinions, and research orally, visually, and in written format;
  5. Apply ethical, legal, and professional behaviors consistent with academic integrity and professional standards;
  6. Recognize the limitations of one’s own work and the complexity of knowledge.

Anticipated learning outcomes for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Translational Medicine include the following:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a substantial body of knowledge and integrate the knowledge to advance one’s understanding of current issues in translational medicine;
  2. Conceptualize, design, and implement research for the generation of new knowledge regarding translational medicine research;
  3. Undertake applied research at an advanced level, contributing to the development of the field;
  4. Make informed judgements on complex issues in translational medicine;
  5. Clearly and effectively articulate complex ideas, issues, and one’s research orally, visually, and in written format to diverse audiences;
  6. Model ethical, legal, professional behaviors consistent with academic integrity and professional standards;
  7. Possess attributes necessary to support academic, personal, and professional success;
  8. Demonstrate an appreciation of the limitations of one’s own work and discipline, of the complexity of the knowledge, and of the potential contributions of other interpretations, methods, and disciplines.

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