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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 Program Descriptions Medicine Programs Medicine, Immunology MDIM
Medicine, Immunology MDIM
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Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room G329
Program number: 403.220.8306
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address: imgrad@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/gi-im-mid

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based

Specialization:

  • Host-Pathogen Interactions

Faculty members are affiliated with the Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine.

The Immunology Graduate Program is offered in collaboration with the above faculties, and the curriculum has been designed for students with undergraduate or MSc degrees in those faculties. Background experience, qualifications, and areas of interest of applicants will be taken into account at the time of admission.

Students in the MSc and PhD degree programs are normally considered full-time.

2. Admission Requirements

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

a) Qualifications

Master of Science

  • Four-year BSc degree or equivalent
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents).

Doctor of Philosophy

  • MSc degree, or relevant master's degree, recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or transfer from MSc program, or, in exceptional cases, four-year BSc degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents) and any master's course work, if applicable.

b) English Language Proficiency

See Medicine Programs.

c) Immunizations

See Medicine Programs.

d) Additional Requirements

  • Applicants are required to arrange for the submission of two reference letters. References must follow the guidelines posted on the program's website for prospective students.
  • An undergraduate course in immunology (Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology 527 or equivalent). It will be possible for a student to take Medical Science 640 during the first year of their program if they do not have an appropriate prerequisite course.
  • Students must have confirmed a faculty member willing to supervise their studies.
  • Endorsement by the Graduate Program Director that the applicant is acceptable and that adequate supervision in the proposed program is available.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Applications are ranked according to academic excellence, prior research experience and commitment to the study of gastrointestinal sciences.

3. Application Deadline

Application deadlines are available on the Future Students webpages:

Master of Science (thesis-based): ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/immunology-master-science-thesis-based

Doctor of Philosophy: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/immunology-doctor-philosophy-thesis-based

4. Advanced Credit

Applicants must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission. Any credit to be given for courses completed will be included in the letter of offer for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

5. Program/Course Requirements

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

Master of Science

The minimum academic course requirement is normally 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalents) which is met by:

  • the satisfactory completion of Cellular and Molecular Immunology (Medical Science 639.02) or Inflammation (Medical Science 639.04) in the first year, and 
  • the satisfactory completion of another 3-unit (0.5 full-course equivalent) graduate-level course in an area that is pertinent to the student's thesis project and approved by the supervisor and supervisory committee.

Doctor of Philosophy 

The minimum academic course requirement is normally 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) which is met by: 

  • the satisfactory completion of Cellular and Molecular Immunology (Medical Science 639.02) and Inflammation (Medical Science 639.04) in the first year, and 
  • the satisfactory completion of another 3-unit (0.5 full-course equivalent) graduate-level course in an area that is pertinent to the student's thesis project and approved by the supervisor and supervisory committee.

Exceptions require the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

6. Additional Requirements

Each student is required to participate regularly in the Synder Institute graduate program seminar series and present at least one work in progress seminar per year.

Contributions to journals, relevant journal clubs and/or seminars are an expectation. Visit the program website at cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/gi-im-mid for additional information.

Research Integrity Day

See Medicine Programs.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Under exceptional circumstances, credit may be given for courses taken below the 600 level. At least one half of a graduate student’s course work must be at the 600 level or higher. Students may receive credit for completing a course numbered 500-599 providing that the course is recommended by the supervisory committee and approval is received by the Graduate Program Director.

8. Time Limit

Completion times follow the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations (see Time Limits): 

  • Maximum completion time for a thesis-based master’s program is four years. Expected completion time is two years.
  • Maximum completion time for a doctoral program is six years. Expected completion time is four years.
9. Supervisory Assignments

The selection of a graduate supervisor must be by mutual agreement between the student and the faculty member concerned at the time of the application to the program and approved by the Graduate Program Director. Supervisors must commit to supporting the student for the duration of their graduate studies, before admission is recommended.

Supervisory committees, required for both master’s and doctoral students, are established based upon the needs of the student and the expertise of the committee members, following discussions between the student and the supervisor and approved by the Graduate Program Director. A supervisory committee, consisting of supervisor and co-supervisor (if applicable), plus two additional members, must be in place no later than 3 months after the student's first registration in the program.

10. Required Examinations

Candidacy

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations (see Candidacy), the program requires the following:

Candidacy must be completed within 28 months (for MSc to PhD transfers) or 24 months (direct entry PhD) from the program start date. Admission to candidacy is an acknowledgement that a student is fully prepared to devote their full attention to the thesis research.

To enter into candidacy, students must: (1) successfully complete all required courses, (2) attend Research Integrity Day (3) have their thesis proposal approved at a proposal evaluation meeting, and (4) successfully complete a Field of Study oral examination.

Students who do not pass their candidacy requirements by the twenty-eighth month of their program may be required to withdraw from the program. Specific details of the examination format and other candidacy requirements can be found at: wcm.ucalgary.ca/gse/files/gse/csm-candidacy-examination-process-effective-september-1-2015.pdf.

Thesis Examination

All students in thesis-based programs (MSc and PhD) must successfully pass the Final Thesis Oral Examination (see Thesis Examinations). The examination will consist of a public seminar followed by an open oral examination.

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s research, including a relevant written sample of the materials related to the thesis, before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner may be internal to the home program.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

All MSc and PhD students must defend a written research proposal to their supervisory committee. For MSc students, this document must be submitted within 12 months after initial registration in the program. For additional information about the PhD research proposal, refer to: wcm.ucalgary.ca/gse/files/gse/csm-candidacy-examination-process-effective-september-1-2015.pdf.

12. Financial Assistance

All students who are accepted into the program and are full-time will receive a minimum stipend ($21,000 per annum for MSc students and $23,000 per annum for PhD students) generally funded by their supervisor’s operating grants, internal awards, and/or external awards. Self-funding is not an option except for MD holders also enrolled in a clinical training program. 

Students are expected to apply to external agencies for financial support from scholarships or studentship awards and for University of Calgary Scholarships (see Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar). Possible sources of financial support are listed on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website: grad.ucalgary.ca/awards.

Some program awards are also available, dependent on funding. Some awards provide stipends in excess of the program minimum. Please see the program website: cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/gi-im-mid.

13. Other Information

The Immunology Graduate Program offers the following courses:

Medical Science 639.02
Medical Science 639.04
Medical Science 640

Information regarding the courses can be obtained at cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/gi-im-mid.