MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc)
Both stand alone Master of Science and dual MD/MSc and DVM/MSc degree programs are available at St George’s University. School of Medicine Master of Science (MSc) degrees require at least 30 credits and School of Veterinary Medicine Master of Science (MSc) degrees require 34 credits of graduate work as prescribed by the program.
The Master of Science (MSc) degree offered through SGU’s School of Medicine requires at least 30 credits of graduate work. Research and coursework is directed by the candidate’s supervisory committee. All completed theses, upon the recommendation of the chair of the supervisory committee, are submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and forwarded to an external examiner for independent evaluation. A final oral presentation and defense of the thesis must be successfully completed prior to being awarded the degree.
This MSc degree is a two-year program that focuses on the traditional anatomical sciences. This program is available as a theses or non-thesis program.
The MSc degree provides a unique cultural and socioeconomic environment in which students develop bioethical insights and skills needed for successful international and multicultural interaction. Students explore the connections between bioethics and societal concerns including the impacts of climate change on health.
The Microbiology programs provide a rich, laboratory-based curriculum, supporting students in the development of independent research projects, and encouraging them in their efforts to develop and contribute new ideas in selected areas of microbiology. Areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, Clinical Microbiology, Marine Microbiology, Parasitology, Mycology, Immunology, and Virology. A student’s individualized program of study and pursuant research is determined by a student’s interests, as well as academic background, and is directed by a chosen advisor and selected supervisory committee, in consultation with the student. The Microbiology Department also offers students an opportunity to concentrate on medically related issues in microbiology. With similar academic requirements, this degree program includes courses delivered in the Basic Medical Sciences, preparing students for careers in medical research and clinical laboratory work. As part of the core credit requirements, those interested in the medical field track must take the following preclinical medical courses:
- BCHM 550 Medical Biochemistry (5 cr.)
- BCHM 590 Medical Genetics and Genomics (2 cr.)
- Physiology and Neuroscience
- Tropical Medicine
This one year, 34-credit MSc in Tropical Medicine is designed for postgraduate students who have a keen interest in global health and who wish to gain a first hand experience in topical medicine in a tropical setting. The course focuses on parasitic diseases and is delivered through 15 credits of required coursework (10 from the MD basic sciences curriculum) and 19 credits of 900 level (thesis) courses. Dual MD/MSc students only require 24 credits outside of their MD coursework to complete the MSc degree. A large component of the degree is spent developing and testing a hypothesis which is completed in the form of a thesis. Research is carried out in a tropical or developing country setting under the guidance of a supervisory committee. Students who complete this degree have been exposed to research ethics, epidemiology of tropical parasitic diseases and health systems in developing countries, cultural competence, and research design, as well as interpretation, scientific writing, and oral presentation of research findings. Projects are designed to facilitate publication in peer reviewed international journals.