What is IMS?


Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) modules can be completed in the BMSc Program and Master's in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences.
The IMS modules allow students to study two or more basic medical sciences at an advanced level. The basic medical sciences include:

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


Students have the option of completing the Honours Specialization, Specialization or Major module in IMS. Review the information about Modules on the BMSc website for a better understanding of the difference between modules and the type of degree to which each leads.

The majority of students register in the Honours Specialization module as this module allows the student to study basic medical sciences at an advanced level and also provides the opportunity to enhance their hands-on laboratory skills in mandatory third and fourth year laboratory courses.

Registration in the BMSc Program and in the IMS modules does not begin until Year 3, following the completion of required 1000- and 2000-level admission requirements (courses). See Admission to Year 3 of the BMSc Program.

Enrolment in IMS modules represents about 40% of the students in the BMSc Program with approximately 200 students in each of Years 3 and 4 (up to 180 in the Honours Specialization module). Despite its size, there are several sections of the mandatory Medical Sciences courses providing for good interaction among students and faculty members.