Welcome to the homepage for the Medical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) modules.  The IMS modules were introduced in September 2013 and the Honors Specialization and Specialization modules in IMS will eventually replace the Honors Specialization and Specialization modules in Medical Sciences.  Students registered in Year 4 BMSc in 2014/15 will be the last group of students to register in the Honors Specialization and Specialization in Medical Sciences, and these modules will be phased out by 2017.  The Major in IMS may only be completed by students in BMSc degrees and the Major in Medical Sciences will be available only to students in non-BMSc degrees (the only exception being BMSc students entering Year 4 in 2014/15 - this will be the last group of BMSc students to register in a Major in Medical Sciences).

The Medical Sciences and IMS modules have been designed for students who wish to study of more than one basic medical science discipline.  The basic medical sciences include: 

Anatomy and Cell Biology Microbiology and Immunology
Biochemistry Pathology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Physiology
Medical Biophysics Pharmacology


Why consider IMS or Medical Sciences modules?


  • greater flexibility in course selection than a discipline-specific module
  • opportunity to gain a broader foundation in the basic medical sciences
  • study at least two discplines at an advanced (fourth-year) level
  • rather than a discipline-specific research project and thesis, Year 4 Honors Specialization module involves an interdisciplinary examination of a clinical disease,
  • prerequisite courses for graduate or professional programs may be included in the modules
  • experience a wide variety of hands-on laboratory techniques used in medical research
  • the Honors Specialization is the only module that currently can be combined with Ivey to lead to a BMSc/HBA degree
  • students considering an international exchange in Year 3 may find the flexibility in the Honors Specialization in IMS allows for easier course selection at an exchange institution 
  • in the Honors Specialization module, students are exposed to cutting-edge research by world-renowned scientists and clinicians

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