MD in Canada

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MD in Canada

Canada is globally renowned for delivering high-quality education through its top-ranked institutions welcoming international students all around the year! Whether it is management, science, arts, or medicine, the country is not behind in providing quality academic programs in different fields of study. Want to pursue a medical degree in Canada? Doctor of Medicine (MD) is one of the most sought after degree programs in Canada and is considered as equivalent to MBBS. The country is home to the world’s finest and most prestigious medical schools and universities. This blog brings you a complete guide on MD in Canada, its eligibility requirements, fees, and more.

Also Read: MBBS in Canada

About MD in Canada

Doctor of Medicine or MD/PhD in Canada is a 3-5 year degree program in Medical Science and often requires students to have a prerequisite medical qualification like a bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences or MBBS. Pursuing an MD degree, you will get qualified with a certified license to practice as a medical practitioner or doctor in Canada. 

Course Structure

A Doctor of Medicine in Canada comprises 2 years of pre-clinical courses and 2 years of clinical training, called rotation. 

  • In majority of the universities, the first 2 years of the MD Program helps students develop requisite skills, knowledge, and attitudes for future learning. 
  • Students learn in various settings like classrooms for lectures and seminars, anatomy labs.
  • Post the 2 year intensive learning, students learn various clinical topics which helps them develop their clinical skills to prepare for workplace learning. This term is often known as clerkship. 
  • These two years involves learning while working with physicians and other health care team members in hospitals and clinics.

Eligibility for MD in Canada 

Let’s first look at the eligibility requirements or criteria for pursuing MD in Canada. The essential requirement for MD in Canada is that you must have a bachelor’s degree (like MBBS) in the same field of study is of utmost importance. Here are the major eligibility requirements for MD in Canada:

  1. 12th qualification from a recognized board. 
  2. Students must qualify 12th standard with at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  3. Students must have some previous university experience and cannot directly pursue an MD in Canada just after high school. 
  4. Students hence must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. 
  5. The undergraduate program must have subjects like Biology and Chemistry.
  6. Some universities prefer undergrad program for 2 years while others accept only for 3 years.
  7. A diploma is CEGEP is also required in order to study MD in Canada. 
  8. For pursuing MBBS in India, a student must qualify NEET exam. Likewise, in order to pursue an MD in Canada, the student must qualify the MCAT exam to get admission in a medical college in Canada.
  9. Apart from MCAT, the student also must qualify the English proficiency tests like TOEFL, IELTS, PTE etc to study MD in Canada. 
  10. Once qualified, the student has to also appear for group discussion and personal interviews as well. 

Top Universities offering MD in Canada

Here are the top medical schools and universities offering MD in Canada:

Universities THE World University Rankings for Medicine 2022
University of Toronto10
McMaster University, Hamilton37
McGill University22
The University of British Columbia27
University of Montreal70
University of Ottawa111
University of Alberta90
University of Calgary83
Western University151-200
Universite Laval151–200
Queen’s University151–200 

MD in Canada Fees

Here are the top medical universities and their fees for MD in Canada:

UniversityDuration of MDTotal Fees (Year One)
University of Toronto4 yearsCAD 94,224.42 [54,40,241 INR approx.]
McMaster University3 yearsCAD 95,​996.68 [55,42,566 INR approx.]
The University of British Columbia4 yearsCAD 22,199.45[12,81,731 INR approx.]
University of Montreal4-5 yearsCAD 17,590[10,15,595 INR approx.]
University of Alberta4 yearsCAD 12,887.20 [7,44,069 INR approx.] 
The University of Ottawa*5 years CAD 4,775 [2,75,695 INR approx.]
University of Calgary3 yearsCAD 60,641.54- CAD 63,340.68 [35,01,264 INR – 36,57,105 INR approx.]
Western University5 yearsCAD 11,993 [6,92,441 INR approx.]

Note: The University of Ottawa offers PhD/MD in Medicine and Biochemistry/Medicine and Cellular Molecular Medicine/Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology/Medicine and Neuroscience)

Also Read: IELTS and GMAT Scores to Study in Canada

We hope that this blog provided you with all the information you need to pursue a Doctor of Medicine in Canada. If you also want to pursue MD in Canada but are still confused about where to begin, then reach out to our Leverage Edu experts and we will help you find the right university and scholarship and further guide you through the admission process as well! Book a free session right away!

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    1. Hi, Tarsem!
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  1. My son 12th pass(intermediate) with PCB, CBSE board with 95% marks and desires to study in Canada.
    Please advice suitably

  2. I did Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). I wish to pursue PG in Toronto, Canada. Kindly help me out.

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  3. I want my son who is pursuing his MBBS to st study for his PG in medicine in Canada. What is the procedure and cost tentatively

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  4. I am a Indian passport holder, studying Medicine (MBBS) in top Indian university. Planning to do my Post Graduation in Medicine in Canada. Just I want to know the admission requirements.

    1. Hi Sai,

      MD in Canada is a great choice, as Canada’s health system is one of the leading systems in the world. We suggest that you connect to our study abroad experts who will not only guide you with the admission requirements but the top universities, scholarships, cost of studying, visa process and everything you need. Please call them at 1800-572-000 and book your first counselling session for FREE!

  5. hi i am from Sri Lanka and need to send my son to do MD in Canada, and he will sit for his advance level exam on biology next year and i am certain he will get the best result in that, therefore, please let me know whether how he could enter in to Canada medical university as long as we pay all the cost.
    thank you

  6. My ward is studying MBBS (MD) second year in Georgia and interested in doing PG in Canada, Kindly help with the procedure and necessary information to pursue studies in Canada.

  7. Many universities in Canada allow MD admission to international students if you have PR
    Can therefore a student get PR while doing B Sc
    If yes when to apply 1st year or 2 nd year

    1. Hey PK Gupta. First of all you do not need a PR in Canada to receive MD admission. International students who meet the eligibility requirements of Canadian universities can apply for the course. For example, meeting the academic requirements, English language proficiency requirements among others. Read the blog ‘Permanent Resident Visa For Canada‘ to know about the Canada PR visa: eligibility criteria, application process, benefits, and more. For further information, consult the study abroad experts at Leverage Edu

  8. My daughter completed MBBS in Ukrain and didn’t clear FMG test, what is the process of doing PG in Canada and what is the fee structure

    1. Hi, Tarsem!
      Understand the eligibility criteria mentioned in the blog.
      Contact us for admission process at 1800 57 2000!

  1. My son 12th pass(intermediate) with PCB, CBSE board with 95% marks and desires to study in Canada.
    Please advice suitably