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Graduate Studies Calendar 2017-2018 Program Descriptions Medicine Programs Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
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Location: Health Sciences Centre, Rooms G345C and G347C
Program number: 403.210.6689
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address:
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1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT), course-based

This interdisciplinary program combines courses in basic biomedical sciences (covering genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, immunology, microbiology, and pharmacology) with training in business aspects such as scientific, market, patent & financial analysis.

The Master of Biomedical Technology Graduate Program and the Haskayne School of Business offer a combined MBT/MBA program. Contact the Graduate Science Education Office for further information.

2. Admission Requirements

All students are considered full-time. Part-time status may be considered and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the program requires:

a) A minimum admission grade point average over the last two years (minimum 60 units or 10 full-course equivalents) of 3.30 ("B+") on a four-point scale or equivalent.

b) Normally, a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, or its equivalent.

c) For students required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), or 105 (Internet-based), or a minimum IELTS score of 7.5, or a MELAB test score of 86, or a minimum PTE score of 75 is required.

d) Two reference letters, which follow the reference guidelines posted on the program’s prospective student website, and two corresponding reference forms.

e) A current curriculum vitae.

f) A Vision Statement (no more than one page in length) outlining career goals, and how the MBT program will help to achieve them.

3. Application Deadline

Deadline for the submission of completed applications for September admission:

  • May 1 for all applicants.

Late applications that meet the academic requirements may be considered at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director.

4. Advanced Credit

See "Medicine Programs". In consultation with the Graduate Program Director, advanced credit may be requested in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the program requires all MBT students to successfully complete 33 units (27 units of courses plus a 6-unit practicum normally carried out from May to July):

  1. Medical Graduate Education 601 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  2. Medical Graduate Education 602 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  3. Medical Graduate Education 603 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  4. Medical Graduate Education 604 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  5. Medical Graduate Education 605 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  6. Medical Graduate Education 606 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  7. Medical Graduate Education 607 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  8. Medical Graduate Education 608 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  9. Medical Graduate Education 609 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  10. Medical Science 673 (3 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  11. Medical Science 674.01 (6 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  12. Medical Science 674.02 (6 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  13. Medical Science 678 (3 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  14. Medical Science 670 (6 units - runs over Spring and Summer)

It is required that MDBT students will successfully complete all Fall and Winter courses prior to beginning their practicum.

6. Additional Requirements

Suggested prerequisites: Genetics (Biology 311 or equivalent), Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology 331 or equivalent), Biochemistry or macro molecules (Biochemistry 393 or equivalent), and senior-level course work in at least two of the following subject areas: microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and/or physiology.

Research Integrity Day is a Research Ethics session offered several times each year. All graduate students in the Cumming School of Medicine are required to attend Research Integrity Day in the first year of their program as part of their course requirements.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses


8. Time Limit

It is recommended that the program be completed in one year on a full-time basis. It may also be completed on a part-time basis with the Director's approval.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director will serve as interim supervisor for all newly admitted students. In the MBT program, there is no official requirement for students to have a supervisor. We do recommend, however, that students have a faculty supervisor and/or a mentor from the business community.

See Medicine Programs for more information.

10. Required Examinations


11. Research Proposal Requirements


12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance


14. Other Information


15. Faculty Members/Research Interests