Biomedical Communications

Program Overview

Interdisciplinary, research-based, and unique. The Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) is unique in Canada and is one of four accredited programs of its kind. This two-year professional graduate program prepares students for careers in the visual communication of science, medicine, and health.

Students in this interdisciplinary program explore the use of images, interactive technologies, and animation/simulation to effectively communicate complex science and health topics to a range of audiences. Graduates of the program are leaders in biocommunications across a number of fields, including pharma and biotech visualization, medical-legal visualization, health communication, research dissemination, textbook publishing, and more.​

There are two fields:

  • Biomedical Media Design and
  • Biomedical Visualization Design.

This program is offered by the Institute of Medical Science, which serves as the primary graduate unit for the clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine.

 


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MScBMC:

17-Dec-2021
Fall 2022 entry

MScBMC:

17-Dec-2021
Fall 2022 entry

Supporting documents deadline MScBMC:

17-Dec-2021
Final date to submit revised unofficial transcripts, which include Fall 2021 grades: January 16, 2022

MScBMC:

17-Dec-2021
Final date to submit revised unofficial transcripts, which include Fall 2021 grades: January 16, 2022

Minimum admission average MScBMC:

Mid-B in final two years of bachelor’s

MScBMC:

Mid-B in final two years of bachelor’s

Program length (full-time only) MScBMC:

6 sessions

MScBMC:

6 sessions


Master of Science in Biomedical Communications

Program Description

The MScBMC is a two-year, course-based professional graduate program that prepares students for careers in the visual communication of science, medicine, and health. Students in this interdisciplinary program explore the use of images, interactive technologies, and animation/simulation to effectively communicate complex science and health topics to a range of audiences.

The program offers two fields: Biomedical Media Design and Biomedical Visualization Design. Students take the same courses in Year 1 and then choose their field at the start of the Summer session between Year 1 and Year 2.

 

Field: Biomedical Media Design

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Graduation from a recognized university with an appropriate four-year bachelor's degree that includes a variety of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of undergraduate study. Prerequisite courses: English (or an effective writing substitute); a humanities or social science course; biology; cell and molecular biology and/or histology; introductory physiology.

  • At least one third- or fourth-year undergraduate course, or graduate course, from one or more of the following subject areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, or Physiology.

  • A high-quality portfolio of visual material; consult the MScBMC website for guidance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • in Year 1, complete 5.0 FCEs: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y, MSC2004H, MSC2009H, MSC2020H, and MSC2023H

    • in Year 2, complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC2002H, MSC2012H, and MSC2018H+

    • complete at least 1.0 FCE chosen from MSC2006H, MSC2008H, MSC2015H, and MSC2016H

    • complete 1.0 FCE chosen from MSC2007H, MSC2011H, MSC2013Y, MSC2014H, and MSC2022H (or any other appropriate graduate course[s]).

  • Students must complete MSC2025Y Master's Research Project for BMC.

Program Length

6 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

 

Field: Biomedical Visualization Design

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Graduation from a recognized university with an appropriate four-year bachelor's degree that includes a variety of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • At least one third- or fourth-year undergraduate course, or graduate course, from one or more of the following subject areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, or Physiology.

  • A high-quality portfolio of visual material; consult the MScBMC website for guidance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • in Year 1, students must complete 5.0 FCEs: MSC1001Y, MSC2001Y, MSC2003Y, MSC2004H, MSC2009H, MSC2020H, and MSC2023H

    • in Year 2, complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC2002H, MSC2012H, MSC2018H+

    • complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC2015H, MSC2016H, and MSC2017H

    • complete 0.5 elective FCE chosen from MSC2007H, MSC2011H, MSC2014H, and MSC2022H (or any other appropriate graduate course[s]).

  • Students must complete MSC2025Y Master's Research Project for BMC.

Program Length

6 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Melanie Burger

“I would like to work as a scientific illustrator.”

Melanie Burger
Alumna, MScBMC (2013), Biomedical Communications​
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