Please note:

The RDS program has now joined the new Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences program:

New applicants should visit the WACH program website to learn more.

MSc Program Requirements

2 year program

Minimum 30 credits

18 credits – OBST 549 – MSc Thesis
Thesis defense oral examination required

Minimum 12 additional credits:

  • OBST 506 (3 credits)
  • At least two other OBST courses (6 credits)*
  • Additional OBST course, or external discipline (3 credits)

*Courses should be selected in discussion with your supervisor. Deviations from the above requirements permitted with permission from the Program.

The minimum course requirements are 30 credits, of which at least 24 must be numbered 500 to 699. A maximum of 6 credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a 30-credit master’s degree.

PhD Program Requirements

4 year program

18 credits – OBST 649 – PhD Thesis
Thesis defense oral examination required

3 credits – OBST 506

Additional coursework is selected in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee.

Comprehensive examination (P/F) required for advancement to candidacy


Responsible Conduct of Research

All biomedical graduate students conducting research are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course. You will be contacted with an invitation to register in September, when the next session dates are set. The course consists of two in-person sessions and one set of online modules (to be completed between the in-person sessions).
You can find out more information, and view past syllabi here: