Medical Sciences

Why study Medical Sciences at Dal?

The experience and flexibility you need to follow your interest

Core biomedical courses provide you with a solid foundation for success in medically-related professional degree programs that could lead to a variety of careers. People-centred health care is a focus of the program. You’ll take courses in bioethics and sociology of health that will help you understand health care from a wider perspective. Plus, you'll be prepared for the MCAT.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences), BSc
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September



What will I learn?

First-year courses cover the foundational sciences in biology and chemistry, as well as math, and psychology. In second year, courses are a mixture of basic science and medical science courses, including cell biology, organic chemistry, microbiology and physiology. You’ll also learn about the sociology of health, illness, and healing – the theory and practice of medicine, how our society addresses health problems, healthcare from the perspective of the ill, and healthcare in Canada.

In the third and fourth year of the program, you'll focus on the medical sciences in courses such as anatomy, pathology and pharmacology, with a course in bioethics that examines current ethical dilemmas faced by those in the health field and a core course in epidemiology. You'll also have the opportunity to take courses in your personal areas of interest, based on a list provided by the program.

Sample courses:

  • Cell Biology
  • Health and Society
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.



Careers and future study

While the Medical Sciences program is designed to provide the training required for entry into professional programs and related graduate studies, you'll also have a solid knowledge base that's relevant to many career opportunities:

  • doctor
  • dentist
  • pharmacist
  • scientist
  • healthcare administrator

Thinking of continuing your studies to advance your knowledge in a particular field? Hoping to contribute to academic medicine or other professional health-care fields? The background training provided by Dal's Medical Sciences program will give you the foundation you need.


Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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