Graduate Studies

Message from the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta has a number of excellent graduate programs to meet the needs of aspiring basic and clinical scientists, both at the MSc and PhD levels. The Faculty does not have a single graduate program, but rather we have 12 independent MSc and PhD programs within the Faculty. We have 10 graduate programs that are associated with various departments within the Faculty. The Centre for Neuroscience has an independent program that spans multiple faculties and offers both MSc and PhD programs. Finally, we have a Medical Sciences Graduate Program that serves as an umbrella program for nine different departments. Together, our MSc and PhD programs span all areas of research that are conducted within the faculty. Students can carry out their thesis research in areas ranging from basic mechanistic research to clinical outcomes research.

In addition to the MSc and PhD programs described above, we also have a combined MD/PhD program that allows students in the MD program to also carry our research and complete a PhD as part of a combined program. These are outstanding students and will be the clinician scientist leaders of tomorrow. We also have a Clinician Investigator Program that allows residents to receive an MSc degree to promote research skills as part of the residency training.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has superb facilities in which our graduate students carry out their research. We have modern research laboratories, discussion space and office space in several contiguous buildings. The facilities are on par with the best worldwide. To facilitate research and optimize use of space we have several core facilities with PhD-level directors.

In summary, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is an excellent place in which to complete a graduate degree that fits with your research interests. I invite you to explore the research possibilities available within our faculty.

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.


Dr. Hanne Ostergaard
Associate Dean of Research (Graduate Programs)