Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

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The length of your PhD will vary.

If you are a Doctoral student with an MSc degree in the Life Sciences, or reclassify from MSc to PhD, you are expected to complete your degree within four years of registration or transfer in to the PhD program. Short extensions may be permitted at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator. 

To complete your PhD you will:

  • be on campus and participating for the duration of your registration in the program. 
  • attend the departmental Guest Lecture Series (50% minimum attendance required). 
  • You will complete a thesis under the direction of your supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. You will defend the thesis orally before a committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies. 

You may receive transfer credit for MSc courses towards doctoral course requirements if you take additional graduate courses in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology during the MSc program.

Your PhD thesis

Your PhD thesis must demonstrate a substantial contribution to laboratory medicine and pathobiology that involves a systemic investigation of disease-related hypotheses.

The standard of work in the PhD thesis must be publishable in both content and presentation.

The emphasis is on the quality of the science and its presentation.

The PhD thesis is generally expected to be equivalent to two publications in refereed scientific journals.

What you will study

Course requirements (if you started your initial program (MSc or PhD) before August 31st, 2020)

  • LMP1001Y – Graduate Seminars in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (1.0 FCE). Must be taken throughout academic program (attendance is mandatory) 
  • LMP1404H – Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms of Disease (0.5 FCE) 
  • Elective courses (1.5 FCE; exception for graduates of the Undergraduate Pathobiology Program, 1.0 FCE) 
  • RST9999Y – Thesis 

Course requirements (if you are a PhD student holding a MSc degree or equivalent, and started your program after August 31st, 2020)

  • LMP1003H Student Seminar Series III (0.5 FCE) 
  • Elective courses (0.5 FCE) – students may take either one 0.5 FCE or two 0.25 FCE LMP courses (courses offered by other departments may be substituted with the permission of the graduate office) 
  • RST9999Y - Thesis 

Course requirements (direct-entry or transferred students, if you started your initial program (MSc or PhD) after August 31st, 2020)

  • LMP1001H – Student Seminar Series I (0.5 FCE) 
  • LMP1002H – Student Seminar Series II (0.5 FCE) 
  • LMP1003H Student Seminar Series III (0.5 FCE) 
  • LMP1005H - Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE) 
  • Elective courses (0.5 FCE) – students may to take either one 0.5 FCE or two 0.25 FCE LMP courses (courses offered by other departments may be substituted with the permission of the graduate office) 
  • RST9999Y - Thesis 

How to apply and eligibility

There are three routes of entry available to PhD.

Track A: you are a talented undergraduate for direct entry

You can apply directly to the PhD program if you are a highly qualified BSc graduate meeting the following requirements: 

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences from a recognized university 
  • A minimum A average in the third and fourth years 
  • Evidence of strong research experience 

Track B: transfer from your MSc

If you are completing an MSc at LMP and are showing excellence, the graduate advisory committee can recommend you for transfer into the PhD program. 

Transfer exams are held within 18 months after the start of the MSc program.   

Track C: you have completed a masters program or equivalent

If you have a MSc, MD, DDS, DVM (or equivalent) degree. 

You also need to have:

  • a minimum A- average in your graduate courses, or in senior-level BSc coursework if MSc course requirements were minimal or absent
  • evidence of research competence, based on scientific publications, abstracts, or conference presentations.   

See our page on Application process for the research stream (MSc and Phd).

To apply for a MSc, you will first need to secure a supervisor.

See our page on Selecting a supervisor.