Admission to Year 3 BMSc

Admission to the BMSc Program occurs in Year 3. Students apply for both admission to Year 3 BMSc and a particular module(s) through the Intent to Register process during their second year.

Students are considered for admission to the ~500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc in the following order:

  • students in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfy the conditions for assured admission, and then
  • students in the "competitive pool" who satisfy the conditions for admission.

This flowchart outlines the two paths (assured admission or via the competitive pool) into Year 3 of the BMSc Program.

Admission from Medical Sciences 2:

Students in Medical Sciences 2 are assured admission to Year 3 BMSc provided they satisfy the conditions for assured admission that are outlined in Admission to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program.

Students in Medical Sciences 2 who do not satisfy the conditions for assured admission can apply for admission to Year 3 BMSc and will be considered for admission if they satisfy the conditions for admission from the competitive pool (and sufficient spaces are available in Year 3 BMSc).

Admission to a particular Honors Specialization module in Year 3 BMSc is not guaranteed, however, for any student in Medical Sciences 2 who satisfies the conditions for assured admission to Year 3 BMSc.  See Modules Offered in The BMSc Program for more details.

Students Applying from the Competitive Pool

It is anticipated that Medical Sciences 2 students who satisfy the conditions of assured admission will not fill all 500 spaces in Year 3 BMSc.

Students in other programs, as well as students in Medical Sciences 2 who do not satisfy their conditions for assured admission, are admitted to the remaining spaces in Year 3 BMSc.

Certain conditions must be satisfied by this group of students appyling for admission to Year 3 BMSc from the "competitive pool", as outlined in Admission to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program.

2000-Level Admission Requirements:

2000-Level Admission Requirements are found in the Academic Calendar for each of the modules that lead to graduation with a BMSc degree.  We've taken this information from the Academic Calendar and posted it in handy charts so that you can see the Admission Requirements for all modules at once:

Honors Specialization Modules - maximum capacity and minimum averages required for admission

The maximum capacity in each Honors Specialization module is limited by the number of spaces in the capstone courses required in Year 4, e.g. the research projects of the discipline-specific modules (e.g. Honors Specialization in Biochemistry), and Medical Sciences 4900F/G (required in the Honors Specialization in IMS).

The number of students admitted to each Honors Specialization module in Year 3 may be slightly greater than the maximum capacity in Year 4 as it is anticipated that some students may change modules from Years 3 to 4 and/or some students may accept offers to other programs before fourth year.

There is not a pre-determined minimum average required for admission to each Honors Specialization module. There is only a pre-determined maximum capacity for each module. The average of the last student admitted to the module determines the minimum average required for admission to that module for that particular year.

See the maximum capacity and minimum averages required for each of the Honors Specialization modules for the past few years.

Specialization Modules

Students must be admitted to Year 3 of the BMSc Program to be admitted to one of the Specialization modules. Once admitted to the BMSc Program, enrolment in each Specialization module is not limited since these modules do not contain a capstone course in Year 4 (either a fourth-year research project or Medical Sciences 4900F/G).

Specialization modules lead only to 4-year BMSc degrees (non-honors) and, since admission to the BMSc Program requires higher marks than generally required for admission to an honors degree, BMSc students are encouraged to pursue either an Honors Specialization module or Double Major modules so that they can graduate with honors degrees.

Double Major Modules

Students wishing to pursue two Majors, both of which are offered by basic medical science departments, must register in a BMSc degree.

Once admitted to the BMSc Program, enrolment in Double Majors is not limited since none of the Major modules include either a fourth-year research project or Medical Sciences 4900F/G.  Some Major modules require a 3000-level course which requires either (i) a mark in a prerequisite course or (ii) an average in the prior year, as part of its prerequisite.  Students must satisfy the prerequisite for the required 3000-level course in order to register in the Major.  For example, the Major in Physiology requires Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E be taken in Year 3 and registration in this course requires a minimum average of 75% be achieved in the previous year (ALL courses taken in the previous year).

Double Majors can be completed in either a 4-year BMSc degree (non-honors) or a BMSc (Honors) degree.  The level of marks required for registration in Double Majors in an honors degree is higher than required in a 4-year degree.  Since admission to the BMSc Program requires higher marks than required for admission to an honors degree, students completing Double Majors are encouraged to pursue a BMSc (Honors) degree.

Students in Double Majors often have "common courses" in their Majors.  A maximum of 1.0 common course can be double-counted toward both Majors (refer to Common Courses).

NOTE: Only students who have completed both Pharmacology 3580Z and Physiology 3130Z can complete a Major in Physiology + a Major in Pharmacology. With the introduction of Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E in September, 2017, these two Majors contain too many common courses and students taking Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E can no longer complete both of these Majors.