Accelerated Master of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology



In the Accelerated MSc entry option, students who have successfully completed the summer offering of Phys 4980 or Pharm 4980 acquire additional research experience and experimental results through the “Advanced Research in Physiology and Pharmacology” course offered during the subsequent fall-winter terms (Phys 4999E or Pharm 4999E). The data and competencies developed in Phys 4999E or Pharm 4999E can be used towards the MSc program requirements. The Accelerated MSc option also allows registration in the MSc program as early as May 1st, following completion of the undergraduate degree. As a result, students also have the opportunity for early completion, relative to the traditional MSc program offered by the Department. Similar to the conventional MSc program, students in the Accelerated MSc option can transfer to the PhD program.

Program details


Students who have completed Year 3 of their undergraduate studies may follow the Accelerated MSc option by conducting their undergraduate Honours Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4980 or Pharm 4980) during the summer, prior to the beginning of their 4th year. The prerequisites for this course are the same as those for the fall/winter offerings of Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E. Registration in the summer Seminar and Research Project requires special permission from the Department, and is limited to students in the Physiology, Pharmacology or Physiology & Pharmacology Honours Specialization modules.

Six research projects are available for the summer 2014 offering of Phys 4980/Pharm4980:


Accelerated program


The following are specific steps for registration in Phys 4980 or Pharm 4980:
  1. Applicants identify up to three research projects of interest. The names of supervisors and the description of their projects have been posted here
  2. Applicants provide copies of their CV, academic records (unofficial transcripts) and a list of the top three projects of interest ranked by order of preference by March 8th to Dr. Lina Dagnino (ldagnino@uwo.ca)
  3. Top 10 students selected by the Admissions Committee will be invited to attend a short interview with the Admissions Committee
  4. Top six students are matched with projects/supervisors by the end of March, to allow registration in the summer Seminar and Research Project
  5. Students must obtain final approval by special written permission from the Admissions Subcomittee and the Chair of the Department Undergraduate Committee (T. Stavraky) by early April. Final approval will be contingent on student’s satisfactory final third year exam marks
  6. Registration for the summer offering of the Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E). This course is for credit and, consequently, tuition must be paid for the summer term
Those students who successfully complete the summer offering of the Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4890E or Pharm 4980E) may continue in a research-intensive stream during Year 4, by registering in the “Advanced Research in Physiology and Pharmacology” course (Phys 4999E or Pharm 4999E), which provides the opportunity for registration in the Accelerated MSc option, following completion of Year 4 (by May 1st). Alternatively, students may elect to continue the standard Year 4 requirements in the fall and winter terms, excluding Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E, which will have been completed during the previous summer. .

Comparison between Accelerated MSc and Traditional MSc times for completion


Accelerated Program Comparison


Summer Honours Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E) 1.5 credits


The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology will offer the Honours Seminar and Research Project course in the spring/summer term. This course has a limited number of available positions, and is offered to students in the Physiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology and Pharmacology Honours Specialization module. Registration in the summer Honours Seminar and Research Project requires special permission. The following steps are necessary for registration:
  1. Applicants identify up to three research projects of interest. The names of supervisors and the description of their projects can be accessed here.
  2. Applicants provide copies of their CV, academic records (unofficial transcripts) and a list of the top three projects of interest ranked by order of preference by March 8th to Dr. Lina Dagnino (ldagnino@uwo.ca)
  3. Top 10 students selected by the Admissions Committee will be invited to attend a short interview with the Admissions Committee
  4. Top six students are matched with projects/supervisors by the end of March, to allow registration in the summer Seminar and Research Project
  5. Students must obtain final approval by special written permission from the Admissions Comittee and the Chair of the Department Undergraduate Committee (T. Stavraky) by early April. Final approval will be contingent on student’s meeting the minimum required final third year exam marks
  6. Registration for the summer offering of the Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E). Note that the summer Honours Seminar and Research Project course is for-credit, and therefore tuition must be paid for the spring/summer terms (approximately $1,800)
The summer Honours Seminar and Research Project will include safety training, presentations and a written thesis, just as in the fall/winter offering of Phys 4980E and Pharm 4980E. However, it will last only 16 weeks, requiring that students spend approximately 20-24 h per week working in the laboratory.

Students who complete the Honours Seminar and Research Project (Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E) during the summer between Years 3 and 4 are eligible to pursue a research-intensive stream during Year 4, by registering in the Advanced Research in Physiology and Pharmacology course (Phys 49990E or Pharm 49990E), and further continue towards the Accelerated MSc option in Physiology and Pharmacology. Alternatively, students can complete their Year 4 requirements in the fall/winter. Students who consider continuing to professional or graduate schools may require a full course load in Year 4 for admission into those programs.  

Advanced Research in Physiology and Pharmacology (Phys 4999E or Pharm 4999E)


The Advanced Research in Physiology and Pharmacology course (1.0 credit) is a laboratory course intended for students interested in pursuing graduate-level research in Physiology or Pharmacology. The courses consist of lectures on experimental design, bioethics, statistical analysis, oral and written scientific communication, critical evaluation of scientific literature, and preparation of grant proposals; literature review of research area; attending research seminars; and development of an independent research project. A major component of this course will involve 12 hours per week of independent research.

This course is offered in the fall-winter terms. It is intended for students who have completed the summer offering of Phys 4980 or Pharm 4980, and who wish to pursue the Accelerated MSc option in Physiology and Pharmacology. The experimental work of this course can be conducted in the same laboratory as the Phys 4980 or Pharm4980, or with a different supervisor.

 

 

FAQ for Accelerated M.Sc. in Physiology and Pharmacology

 

Question: If I apply to the summer offering of Phys 4980E or Pharm 4980E, but I am not admitted, can I still apply to the fall-winter offering?

Answer: Yes

 

Question: If I’m taking the 4999E course in the fall/winter term, am I considered a graduate student?

Answer: No! You are not considered a graduate student until you finish all your 4th year courses successfully and actually begin your Masters.

 

Question: Am I allowed to TA during my 4th year undergrad?

Answer: No, since you are not a graduate student.

 

Question: After finishing the summer 4980E research project am I committed to taking the 4999E course in the fall winter?

Answer: No. You can change your mind about the program and opt not to continue into the Accelerated M.Sc.

 

Question: After finishing the 4999E course in the fall/winter am I committed to beginning my MSc?

Answer: No. You can change your mind about the program and opt not to continue into the Accelerated M.Sc.

 

Question: If I’m taking the 4999E course in the fall/winter and I don’t want to continue into the Accelerated MSc program but instead want to apply to Medical School, will the Medical Schools consider me a graduate student?

Answer: No. You are not a grad student until you actually begin your Masters.

 

Question: Do I have to pay tuition during the summer when I’m working on my 4980E research project?

Answer: Yes. Tuition for this course in the spring/summer is roughly $1,800

 

Question: Do I get paid to do the research in the 4999E course?

Answer: No, because you are not yet a graduate student

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