M.Sc. Molecular and Cellular Medicine

A global vision of research


With new technologies arising, research projects are becoming more and more specific and sometimes disconnected from today’s medical challenges. Therefore, to quickly move towards personalized medicine, it is essential that new approaches in basic research support the understanding of biomedical issues.

With the aim of meeting emerging needs, the IRCM has developed a Master's degree in cellular and molecular medicine (MCM) in order to train a new generation of scientists with deep knowledge in molecular biology, and sensitized to a global vision of the study of human diseases. This unique and innovative option is affiliated with the molecular biology programs of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal.

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Objectives of the molecular and cellular medicine option


  • Train versatile graduate students who will have a broad view of biomedical research
  • Offer a unique training in translational research with a view to aligning basic research with the needs of clinical practice
  • Train a new generation of scientists mastering new technologies in basic research
  • Provide high level intensive training, allowing students to validate their interest in biomedical research and adequately prepare them for postgraduate studies
Presentation of the program
  • The Master's degree in cellular and molecular medicine is proceeding on an accelerated path in just one year, allowing for a passage to the Ph.D. without writing a Master’s thesis.
  • This option will allow you to complete two intensive four-month internships in two different laboratories of the IRCM. You will also follow several theoretical courses and you will have the opportunity to gain experience on different technological platforms of the IRCM (bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, flow cytometry, imaging and microscopy, animal models).
  • You will also be exposed to different aspects of clinical research during courses given by clinician-scientists.
  • Since the IRCM is a bilingual environment and the MCM option welcomes students from around the world, the vast majority of courses are taught in English. However, since this option is offered by the Université de Montréal, all assignments and exams can also be written in French.
  • At the IRCM, all students selected for the MCM Master's option receive an annual scholarship of $ 20,000 (Bombardier-Molson Scholarship). These, supported by members of the academic affairs direction, are also encouraged to apply to various external scholarships competitions.
  • At the end of this course, you will be able to do an accelerated passage to the Ph.D., or alternatively, obtain a M.Sc. degree in molecular biology, cellular and molecular medicine option, from the Université de Montréal.

Application deadlines

Student Status
  • Quebec students: from January 1 to May 31

  • Canadian, non-Quebec resident: from January 1 to March 1*

  • French and Belgium (francophone): from January 1 to May 1

  • International: from January 1 to March 1*

* These deadlines may differ. For the exact date, contact the academic affairs direction via the following email address: mcm@ircm.qc.ca

Admission requirements

  • You must have successfully completed or be enrolled in a bachelor's degree or master's degree program in a relevant discipline (biochemistry, biology, microbiology, chemistry); or hold a medical degree with a right to practice in Canada or Quebec; and have significant experience in basic research.
  • You must have maintained a minimum cumulative average of 3.3 out of 4.3 (70%, B, 12 out of 20, or equivalent).
  • You must meet the general eligibility conditions (section XI) of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Pedagogical Regulations.

Evaluation of your application

Applications are evaluated by a selection committee made up of researchers from the IRCM. Candidates are selected mainly according to academic record, experience in biomedical research and motivation to pursue graduate studies.

Submit your application

Candidates for the Master's option in cellular and molecular medicine are recruited directly from the academic affairs direction of the IRCM. Please follow the following procedure for submitting your application:

  1. Fill in this online form. The form must include your resume, university transcripts and a motivation letter (700 words).
  2. Ask a letter of recommendation from someone who can assess your ability to pursue a career in biomedical research. This should be sent by e-mail directly from the author to mcm@ircm.qc.ca.
  3. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the MCM option selection committee.
  4. Selected candidates must then submit an application to the registrar's office of Université de Montréal. Application to certain scholarships may also be required for students outside Quebec. 

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding the molecular and cellular medicine option, please contact the academic affairs direction via the following e-mail address: mcm@ircm.qc.ca.