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Doctor of Medicine [M.D] (Special Training and Research)

 4 years
 full time
 on campus

Field of Study

Offered by     Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

$ 6,017 

1st Year

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Program Description

  • The University of Alberta offers an MD with Special Training and Research for a duration of 4 years or 5 terms program.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis only.
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry provides this program to undergraduate medical education (UME) students.
  • This program is designed for those students who wish to participate in the research above what is offered within the UME curriculum.
  • UME students join a research team and directly engage in biomedical research while concurrently fulfilling MD with Special Training and Research requirements (application, presentations, reporting, defense).
  • Students that successfully complete their MD degree and all requirements of the program receive the designation of Special Training in Research on their degree parchment and transcript.
  • The main objective of this program is:
    • to foster a greater awareness of the importance of research to UME students.
    • provide opportunities for UME students to participate in fundamental or clinical research during a 24-week research program.
    • provide formative feedback to help develop UME student skills in critical thinking, writing, and presentation.
    • provide formal recognition of students that show a good practical understanding of the scientific process, including development, formulation, and testing of hypotheses, experimental design, validation, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of results.
  • Students can apply for various types of scholarships like Alberta Blue Cross Scholarship in Dentistry, Alberta Dental Association and College Awards, Albert Bodnarchuk Award in Dentistry, etc.
  • The MD program is dedicated to the improvement of health through excellence and leadership in our educational programs, in fundamental and applied research, and in the prevention and treatment of illness.
  • Students get the opportunity to participate in the design and execution of a peer-reviewed research project, present results, and defend conclusions.
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta provides opportunities to the students to involved in the community and gain experience working with non-profit organizations.
  • The School of Dentistry offers a fully accredited program, with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-service dental clinic.
  • Job opportunities after MD with Special Training and Research are Dental Surgeon, Oral Surgery, etc.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Doctorate
Duration4 years
Fees$ 38,656 for 4 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Oct 15)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS
Offered by Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students should complete a master's degree from a recognized university.
  • The minimum cumulative GPA required to be eligible to apply for Albertan students is 3.30 and 3.50 for Non-Albertan students on the UofA 4.0 grading scale.

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed a master’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Completed Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam.
  • Secured a minimum of 70% marks in one of these certificates: All India Senior School Certificate, Higher Secondary School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Indian School Certificate.
  • Completed grade 11 and grade 12 with 75% marks.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Transcripts: Submit copies of official transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended in PDF format.
  • Degree Certificate: It provides proof of degree completion and must be an original copy issued by the institution with an official stamp or seal.
  • Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: Students must have immunization records that are due at the time when admission is confirmed. 
  • Proof of Residency Status: Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which students are ranked, students may be required to present proof of residency status.
  • Police Information Checks: Students should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared.
  • Personal Interview: Students have to give an interview to get admission in this program.
  • Students have to submit the results from the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Oct 15

Scores Required

90 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Tuition fees$6017$6017$6017$6017
Other fees$3647$3647$3647$3647
Total fees$9664$9664$9664$9664

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 10,800
Food$ 2,700


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Ranked #51/ 600

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Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
UAlberta Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship $31,188 Yes 28 Feb, 2021
Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) $8,312 Yes N/A
University of Alberta Graduate Fellowship $5,544 Yes 04 Oct, 2020
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship $3,572 Yes 15 Apr, 2020
UAlberta Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize $3,464 Yes N/A
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Variable Yes 03 Jan, 2021
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
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VISA & Work Study


  • There is no particular visa type to study in Canada but require a Student Visa.
  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • Application for Study Permit
    • Letter of acceptance.
    • Proof of financial support.
    • Passport photos.
    • an Entry Visa to enter the country.
    • Visa to study or work in the country.
    • Resident Permit or registration after arrival in the host country.

Work Study

Students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work a number of hours per week on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work a number of hours per week off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities are:

  • Dentist
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Endodontic
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Periodontics

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