Graduate studies

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

UBC's focus across disciplines inspires our graduate students to widen their horizons and apply their knowledge outside their specialization. Interdisciplinary researchers include statisticians aiding drug discovery, computer scientists mining health data, chemists unravelling plant defence strategies, and geologists discovering carbon dioxide sinks.

A diverse range of highly ranked programs

UBC Science offers top-calibre master's and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups. Our graduate students work with outstanding faculty to specialize in the basic sciences, or to pursue interdisciplinary and applied research through collaborations across departments and research units.

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Committed to graduate training in industry related fields

UBC Science houses 10 prestigious Collaborative Research and Training Experience and related industry programs in a wide range of fields: from atmospheric aerosols to high-throughput biology, from biodiversity research and ecosystems services to plant cell wall biosynthesis, from quantum science and new materials to applied geochemistry. The options for enriched graduate training in industry related fields are almost endless.

Access to world-class research infrastructure

Our affiliated institutes and centres include Michael Smith Laboratories, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory, 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 50 Canada Research Chairs and 11 fellows of the Royal Society of London, and has been home to two Nobel Laureates. UBC Science graduate students have won eight prestigious NSERC-CIHR Vanier scholarships, two NSERC Doctoral Prizes, and four NSERC Innovation Challenge Awards.

A diverse, supportive community of scholars

UBC maintains a diverse student population. Women account for 36 per cent of our of graduate enrollments, and the percentage of international students has increased to 39 per cent over the past decade.

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