Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Master of Science (MSc IMS )

Program Websites

Program Contact

Jennifer Franco (
Program Coordinator

Western University
CSB, Rm. 2720B
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 89387


The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences is a one-year (3 terms, beginning in May) course-based Master’s program that will augment a students’ discipline-specific undergraduate science, biomedical, or health sciences degree with an in-depth, advanced skill set that will enhance the students’ research literacy. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of settings, including graduate and professional education, as well as in different roles in government, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

Instead of traditional courses, content will be delivered in sequential intensive interdisciplinary learning blocks using lectures, case studies, and real-world applications that are relevant to current topics in medical science research. In addition to their coursework, students will be immersed in experiential rotations, and they will participate in a continuous seminar series that will allow them to connect theory and practice throughout the program. Existing interdisciplinary research areas at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, such as musculoskeletal health, cancer research, or neuroscience will provide a framework within the program for students to learn and apply their breadth of knowledge in the rotations. Students will identify a research area of interest, and in parallel to the interdisciplinary learning blocks, they will complete three experiential rotations that align with their chosen field—ideally a clinical, a basic science research, and a community-engaged learning rotation. Students will also be expected to implement and maintain an ePortfolio to showcase their learning throughout the program—this milestone element will run in parallel to the course content and experiential rotations.

*Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the university's own quality assurance processes have been completed and the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms (1 year)

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Course-based

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in life sciences, biomedical science, health science or a science discipline.
  • A strong academic history with a minimum B+ (78%) or equivalent average achieved during the two most recent years of academic study (some consideration will be given to equivalent work experience on a case-by-case basis).
  • Online application.
  • Unofficial post-secondary institution(s) transcripts. One copy of official/certified transcripts will be required if applicants receives an admissions offer.
  • Professional resumé (two page maximum).
  • A strong level of English proficiency.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory* achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service Academic (IELTS Academic). The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency.

Application Deadline

  • February 15, 2021
*International applicants are strongly advised to apply by January 15 to ensure all necessary documents are processed prior to the Program start date.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Interdisciplinary Science degree is a three term (one year) program.

Course Requirements

  • 6.0 course credits:
    • MEDSCIEN 9501 Scientific Communication in the 21st-Century (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9502 Experimental Design in Medical Science Research (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9503 Research Ethics and Academic Integrity (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9504 Ethics in Human and Animal Research (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9505 Research Excellence Through Diversity (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9506 Biomedical Applications of Artificial Intelligence (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9507 Intellectual Property and Business Challenges of Clinical Translation (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9601 Experiential Rotation 1 (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9602 Experiential Rotation 2 (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9603 Experiential Rotation 3 (0.5)
    • MEDSCIEN 9500 Seminar Series (1.0)

Milestones (non-course degree requirements)

  • ePortfolio
    • All students must maintain an ePortfolio during completion of the program. Students will be expected to submit their ePortfolios at the end of the program and they must meet expectations in order to be permitted to graduate.

Students must attain a minimum grade of 70% on all assessments in the block courses. Students will be expected to complete their experiential learning rotations, keep an up to date ePortfolio, and attend monthly progress evaluation meetings with an academic advisor.