MSc and PhD in Obstetrics & Gynecology

The graduate programs in Obstetrics & Gynecology provide multidisciplinary research opportunities in women's health. At both the MSc and PhD levels, prospective students can apply directly to our programs and if qualified, may also choose to apply at the same time to the Graduate Program in Maternal and Child Health (MatCH). The Obstetrics & Gynecology Graduate Program is coordinated by Dr. Denise Hemmings, an Associate Professor in our Division of Reproductive Sciences.

Several of our department members have cross-appointments to departments in the basic medical sciences, including Physiology, Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Oncology. Graduate programs leading to a PhD degree may also be offered through these departments.

Graduate Research

As a graduate student in our department, you are encouraged to explore new avenues in translational research to improve the health outcomes for women, children and families. Research students benefit from full access to cutting-edge research laboratories on campus as well as our various off campus facilities and teaching sites.

Research interests in Obstetrics & Gynecology are wide-ranging and examine a variety of women's health issues. Recent graduate projects have explored topics such as:

  • Pregnancy complications
  • Maternal and fetal outcomes
  • Regulation of vascular function
  • Impact of pregnancy hormones on vascular function
  • Infections and pregnancy
  • Estrogen and aging
  • Control of parturition


All graduate students must engage an academic faculty member to supervise and mentor them throughout the duration of the program. Several of our department members have cross-appointments to other departments including Physiology, Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Oncology.

Students are strongly advised to identify their supervisor(s) before applying to the program. To learn about potential supervisors, please consult the department's Academic Faculty Listing. MatCH candidates may consult a list of positions available to learn about current supervisory opportunities in this program.

Scholarships & Funding

Medical Sciences Graduate Program Scholarships are available to qualifying MSc and PhD students. Other funding opportunities may exist with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry or the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

For students who qualify for the MatCH program, further funding is available.

Admissions Information

All graduate admissions inquiries-including those for the MatCH program-must be sent directly to the Graduate Program Administrator for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. For basic entrance requirements into graduate studies at the University of Alberta, please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website (FGSR) and for specific requirements for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, consult both the Medical Sciences Graduate Program (MSGP) and Department Admission Requirements. Application is made through the FGSR website.

Audrey Lin
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2-20 Heritage Medical Research Centre
+1(780) 492-8560

Dr. Denise Hemmings
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2-27 B Heritage Medical Research Centre
+1(780) 492-2098