The goal of the Graduate Program in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences is to provide students with a broad knowledge of mammalian reproductive and developmental biology, as well as with in depth expertise in at least one area of research, including:
- reproductive and molecular endocrinology
- immunology of reproduction
- maternal adaptations to pregnancy
- women’s mental health
- gynecologic cancers
- fertilization and early embryonic development
- placental development
- perinatal metabolism
- fetal/neonatal physiology and pathophysiology
- perinatal epidemiology
Other areas of research on human health and disease as it relates to male and female reproduction are also possible, including perinatal and postnatal health topics.
Basic science, clinical or epidemiological research projects are possible.
MSc and PhD programs of study are offered. The MSc program involves both coursework and completion of a thesis research project.
Master of Science Degree
Students admitted to the MSc degree program normally possess a bachelor’s degree in biological science or related area, or its academic equivalent (MD, DVM, DDS), and must meet the general admission requirements for master’s degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (ie. a minimum overall B+ average in third- and fourth-year courses). Other bachelor’s degrees that are relevant to the proposed area of research may also be considered.
Transfer from the MSc to the PhD program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Students admitted to the PhD degree program normally possess a master’s degree in biological science or related area, or its academic equivalent (MD, DVM, DDS), with clear evidence of research ability or potential.
Exceptional students may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program from the bachelor’s level, but will have to fulfill additional requirements during their first year of study.
International Admissions Requirements
International applicants should consult the minimum academic requirements as set for the country in which their education was completed.