Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

The program of study in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology provides a curriculum of courses and a broad-based multidisciplinary approach to research in mechanisms of disease leading to MSc and PhD degrees. The program emphasizes the development of analytical technologies, the application of basic research techniques in biochemistry, cell biology, clinical biochemistry, experimental pathology, genetics, immunology, and molecular biology to the study of mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and the pathogenesis of disease. The program also emphasizes the nature, mechanisms, therapy, and prevention of microbial diseases in humans, as well as the processes by which pathogenic microbes are spread.

For more details, refer to the alphabetical listing of all the graduate programs offered by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.


MASTER OF health SCIENCE (MhSC) – in laboratory medicine

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP), in close collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), is offering a two year, full-time professional Master’s graduate program (Master of Health Science degree) to educate clinical laboratory medicine scientists in one of two fields in Laboratory Medicine: Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) or Clinical Embryology (CE). 

For further information, please review the Program Information document (subject to revisions). Interested candidates may also review the Program Timetable.


Master of Science (MSc) – Program Requirements

Course Requirements (students who began their program before August 31st, 2020):

  • LMP1001Y – Graduate Seminars in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (1.0 FCE) 
    Must be taken throughout academic program (attendance is mandatory)
  • LMP1404H – Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms of Disease (0.5 FCE)
  • RST9999Y – Thesis

Course Requirements (students who began their program after August 31st, 2020):

  • LMP1001H – Student Seminar Series I (0.5 FCE)
  • LMP1002H – Student Seminar Series II (0.5 FCE)
  • LMP1005H - Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE)
  • RST9999Y – Thesis

Additional Requirements (all MSc students):

  1. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.
  2. Students must attend the departmental Guest Lecture Series (50% minimum attendance required).
  3. A thesis is completed under the direction of the student's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee.
  4. The duration of the MSc program is usually 18 months. Within 12 to 18 months of entry, students will be advised by their committee to do one of the following: write a thesis on research completed, transfer to the PhD program, or withdraw from the program.
  5. The research content of the MSc thesis is expected to generate the equivalent of one paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) – Program Requirements

Course Requirements (students who began their initial program (MSc or PhD) before August 31st, 2020):

  • LMP1001Y – Graduate Seminars in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (1.0 FCE) 
    Must be taken throughout academic program (attendance is mandatory)
  • LMP1404H – Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms of Disease (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective courses (1.5 FCE; exception for graduates of the Undergraduate Pathobiology Program, 1.0 FCE)
  • RST9999Y – Thesis

Course Requirements (PhD students holding a MSc degree or equivalent, who began their program after August 31st, 2020):

  • LMP1003H Student Seminar Series III (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective courses (0.5 FCE) – students may take either one 0.5 FCE or two 0.25 FCE LMP courses (courses offered by other departments may be substituted with the permission of the graduate office)
  • RST9999Y - Thesis

Course Requirements (direct-entry or transferred students, who began their initial program (MSc or PhD) after August 31st, 2020):

  • LMP1001H – Student Seminar Series I (0.5 FCE)
  • LMP1002H – Student Seminar Series II (0.5 FCE)
  • LMP1003H Student Seminar Series III (0.5 FCE)
  • LMP1005H - Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective courses (0.5 FCE) – students may to take either one 0.5 FCE or two 0.25 FCE LMP courses (courses offered by other departments may be substituted with the permission of the graduate office)
  • RST9999Y - Thesis

Additional Requirements (all PhD students):

  1. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.
  2. Doctoral students with an MSc degree in the Life Sciences are expected to complete their PhD degrees within four years of registration in the program. Students who reclassify from MSc to PhD are expected to complete their degrees within four years of transfer to the PhD program. Short extensions for good cause may be permitted at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator.
  3. Students who take additional graduate courses during the MSc program in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and who continue their graduate studies in the PhD program may receive transfer credit for MSc courses towards doctoral course requirements.
  4. Students must attend the departmental Guest Lecture Series (50% minimum attendance required).
  5. A thesis is completed under the direction of the student's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. The student defends the thesis orally before a committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies.
  6. The PhD thesis must demonstrate a substantial contribution to laboratory medicine and pathobiology that involves a systemic investigation of disease-related hypotheses. The standard of work in the PhD thesis must be publishable in both content and presentation. The emphasis is on the quality of the science and its presentation. The PhD thesis is generally expected to be equivalent to two publications in refereed scientific journals.

MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD Program at the University of Toronto, offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies, provides highly qualified students the opportunity to combine fundamental biomedical research with clinical training. A limited number of selected students may enter the MD/PhD program subject to admission into both a department PhD program and the MD program. A four-year bachelor's degree is required for admission to the MD/PhD program. Students in a Master's program or in their first-year of medical school are also eligible to apply.


Collaborative Programs

MSc and PhD students may enrol in the following collaborative programs:

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Toxicology
Cardiovascular Sciences*
Developmental Biology
Genome Biology and Bioinformatics (PhD students only)

Musculoskeletel Sciences
Neuroscience
Resuscitation Science

* Up to two of the JCV half-courses from Cardiovascular Sciences (JCV3060H, JCV3061H, JCV3062H or JCV3063H) may be credited toward the course requirements of the PhD program in LMP.

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