Biomedical Sciences Program

The Biomedical Sciences is a department within the College of Medicine consisting of five divisions. The five basic science divisions are Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology and Pharmacology. Please see the links below for more information on the graduate program for each respective area.

For more information, visit the respective division pages.

Community Health and Epidemiology Program

Community Health and Epidemiology (CH&E) is a department within the College of Medicine concerned with understanding the individual and collective factors that determine health, and applying this knowledge to maintain and improve the health status of populations.

For more information, visit the CH&E department page.

Health Sciences Program

The Health Sciences Graduate Program resides within the College of Medicine, and offers students the opportunity to continue their studies while performing vigorous research. The areas of study encompassed by the program are extensive, allowing students from numerous academic backgrounds to work in unison. The flexible nature of a research-based program encourages students to develop a more profound respect for all aspects of the research process, and refine their professional skills for future applications.

Graduate Program Structure
The Health Sciences Graduate Program manages the progress for both MSc and PhD students using a Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Along with the feedback from their committees, students are encouraged to track their progress using the DegreeWorks link within their PAWS account. DegreeWorks is a resource used for tracking course and document related milestones.

A Research Advisory Committee is established for each graduate student and is responsible for determining the individual student’s program, monitoring academic performance and providing feedback to the research conducted. The RAC is composed of: a primary supervisor or co-supervisors and committee chair, along with additional faculty members from within or beyond the College with expertise in the area of research that the student is conducting.

MSc committee membership should be 3 as a minimum. For a PhD program, a minimum of 5 members are required. For specific research advisory committee guidelines please see section 10.1 of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policies Manual located on the University website. 

Health Sciences Graduate Students should have 2 Research Advisory Committee meetings per academic year.   Regular RAC meetings are meant to ensure that each student's program of studies is on track.  In general, students are expected to complete a Master’s program of study in 2 to 3 years.  A PhD Program would take 4 to 6 years to complete.

In order for a student to apply to the Health Sciences Graduate Program a student must have a supervisor or co-supervisor who has their primary faculty appointment with the College of Medicine.  Additionally, the chair of their RAC needs to have their primary faculty appointment with the College of Medicine.  The other members of the RAC may be either internal or external to the College of Medicine.

At the first committee meeting the research advisory committee will ensure:

  • Supervisor/Student Contract is complete 
  • Course requirements are reviewed
  • Research Proposal is reviewed and committee ensures that the proposal is complete with associated timelines for milestones.

The graduate student must prepare a written report and submit is to their advisory committee members one week prior to each advisory committee meeting. At the research advisory committee meeting the student must provide a 10 – 15 minute PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is immediately followed by questions and feedback from the committee members.  The frequent RAC meetings provide the student with access to a broad range of expertise and helps builds relationships with each of the faculty members who are experts in the field of study.  The frequent presentations, questions and answer sessions prepare the student well for their external exam.

The Health Sciences 990 Seminar Series (HSC 990) exists to connect students and provide them access to a unique assortment of information from authentic research professionals. The series will feature topics such as career development and practical skills, ethics, clinical trials, current research and events, and methodology. The intention of each seminar is to act as a platform and initiation point for questions, discussions and debates. All individuals are welcome, and participation is encouraged. Along with the guest speaker seminars, Health Sciences graduate students will present their current research to their colleagues and peers. Such presentations provide our students the opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of the research within the Health Sciences graduate program, and expand their public speaking skills. Students are encouraged to use their presentation as practice for receiving and managing questions and feedback.

MSc students are required to make at least one presentation within the duration of their program, and PhD students at least two. Students will be contacted by the graduate coordinator to schedule their presentations, which may occur at any time within the duration of their program. No credit unit weight is associated with this course, nor does it involve assignments or examinations.

Seminars will take place between September and March of each academic year.  There will be twelve scheduled seminars, with an average of two seminars per month. No seminars will occur in December or April. The seminar schedule will be released no later than August 1 for the upcoming fall session.  View the detailed schedule.

Students are required to register in HSC 990 during the Fall and Winter sessions of the first two years of their program. Upon completion, students will have registered in four terms of HSC 990.

Attendance of all 12 seminars presented throughout the year is expected, however, there is a mandatory minimum attendance of 10 seminars per academic year. Students who do not meet the required minimum attendance may experience negative repercussions related to program progress, scholarship applications, and coursework.

Students are encouraged to continue attending seminars that interest them beyond the years that they are registered in the course.

The Health Sciences Graduate Program Accepts Applications twice a year:

Fall Acceptance
Deadline to apply:

  • International Students – May 1st
  • Canadian Students – June 1st

Winter Acceptance
Deadline to apply:

  • International Students – August 1st
  • Canadian Students – September 1st

Prior to being accepted as Health Sciences students all applicants must have first been accepted by a University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Faculty Member.  Students are required to contact University of Saskatchewan Faculty with research interests similar to their own to discuss the possibility of being a student under their guidance and supervision.  Student applicants may email faculty with research information.  Interested faculty will return the email if there are any openings for new students.  The University of Saskatchewan faculty advisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. A list of faculty members is available online.

  • Additional tips for finding a supervisor.
  • To view the full list of admission requirements, please see the Program Catalogue.
  • To learn more about the application process, please click the button below.
  • To apply to the Health Sciences program, please click the button below - see the Applying section.

Core Courses & Credit Unit Requirements
The focus of the Health Sciences Graduate Programs is Research.  Therefore students are not required to complete an arduous number of courses.  

  • MSc in the Health Sciences program will need to complete a minimum of 9 credit units total(3 – 3 credit courses).
  • PhD in the Health Sciences program will need to complete a minimum of 3 credit units total.

A student may be considered for a transfer from a Master’s Program to a PhD Program, prior to completing their second year with the approval of their supervisor, research advisory committee and The College of Graduate Studies and Research.  Students transferring from a Health Sciences MSc Program to a Health Sciences PhD Program are only required to complete an additional 3 credit units, for a total of 12 credit units during their entire program of studies.

The focus of the Health Sciences Graduate Programs is Research.  For information regarding courses please see the Program Catalogue.

You can contact the Grad Studies office via email.