The MED 5900 Research Project, an integral part of the students' program. During your studies, you will engage in 8 months of impactful laboratory research, comprehensive literature analysis, and effective communication. Submission deadlines vary by admission term.

MED 5900 - Research Project

Note: MED 5900 is compulsory for all students enrolled in the MSc with Research Project option at the Faculty of Medicine.

Students enrolled in the MSc in epidemiology with research project must refer to the Research Paper Guidelines for Epidemiology.

The course comprises an 8-month research project in laboratory research and the completion of a research paper evaluated by two professors and the research project supervisor.


Like the thesis, the purpose of the research project is for the student to demonstrate his or her ability to work independently in a scholarly manner. It is a prospective exercise, i.e., a student may not submit work conducted previously.

The research project does not have to make a significant original contribution to the academic knowledge of the subject, but it must display extensive research and independent analysis. This includes comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the literature relating to the topic.

Expectations and goals

Students will perform a research project in laboratory over 8 months in which candidates will be expected to develop a research question, develop a research plan, perform well-controlled experiments, analyze findings and produce a research paper. Students are expected to be engaged in research-related activities full-time.

Learning objectives

The learning objectives for the Research Project promote the acquisition of discipline-specific knowledge and research skills through experiential learning. The learning objectives are:

  1. To develop detailed knowledge in the research area
  2. To learn the techniques and technologies used in the area of research
  3. To define a scientific question and design testable scientific hypotheses
  4. To efficiently troubleshoot experimental procedures
  5. To generate scientific data of publication quality
  6. To demonstrate the appropriate use of research methodologies
  7. To analyze data using appropriate statistical analysis
  8. To critically evaluate published literature and data
  9. To understand the limitations of scientific knowledge and of techniques used
  10. To evaluate the strengths and limitations of research approaches in relation to their research
  11. To master the ethical standards of conducting research
  12. To understand the importance of identifying and considering possible sex differences in experimental design
  13. To perform scientific experiments safely in a laboratory setting
  14. Communicate complex ideas, issues, arguments and research findings clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats in a manner that appropriate to a variety of audiences

Guidelines for the research project


Students admitted in Fall 2023

Students admitted in Fall 2023
Submission DeadlineAugust 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
Evaluation DeadlineAugust 23, 2024

Students admitted in Spring 2023

Students admitted in Spring 2023
Submission DeadlineApril 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
Evaluation DeadlineApril 26, 2024