Graduate studies

Ranked among the world's top research universities, committed to diversity, and home to a broad range of industry training programs, UBC Science offers young scientists an unparalleled opportunity to advance their careers.

A diverse range of highly ranked programs

With access to master’s and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups, our graduate students work with world-class faculty to explore the basic sciences, and to pursue interdisciplinary and applied research across departments and units. UBC’s research excellence in environmental science, math, physics, plant and animal science, computer science, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national ranking agencies.

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Committed to outstanding graduate training

UBC Science is involved in a wide range of prestigious NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience and related industry programs: from ecological research and ecosystems services to plant cell wall biosynthesis, from quantum computing and blockchain research to leadership training in ocean conservation. The options for enriched graduate training in industry related fields are almost endless.

World-class research infrastructure

Our affiliated institutes and centres include UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories, Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Biodiversity Research Centre, Life Sciences Institute, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Mineral Deposit Research Unit, and TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.

Top research talent

UBC Science boasts more than 50 Canada Research Chairs, 12 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates. Our graduate students have won 15 prestigious Vanier Scholarships.

A diverse, supportive community of scholars

UBC Science is committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion, and maintains a diverse graduate student population. Women account for 40% of graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 49% over the past decade.

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