Graduate Degree Programs

UBC Science offers master’s and doctoral degrees through nine departments and 350 research groups. Each program offers a broad spectrum of research opportunities.

Astronomy (PhD, MSc)

UBC research in astronomy and astrophysics covers most areas of current interest in this broad field, including a wide range of theoretical and observational studies in astronomy, and also experimental and theoretical studies in cosmology.
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Atmospheric Science (PhD, MSc)

Programs leading to the MSc and PhD are offered by the Atmospheric Science program under joint sponsorship of the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Geography. Biometeorology students in Soil Science also have the option to work toward the Atmospheric Science graduate degrees
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Botany (PhD, MSc)

Research in Botany extends from genomics, molecular genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants and eukaryotic microorganisms (e.g., fungi and protists) through to cytology and development to systematics, ecology, and phytogeography. Such a broad spectrum of activities provides for dynamic interactions between subdisciplines.
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Chemistry (PhD, MSc)

The Department of Chemistry offers a wide variety of research programs leading to degrees of MSc and PhD across the full breadth of chemistry, including inorganic, organic, analytical, biological, physical, theoretical, nuclear, environmental, and materials chemistry.
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Computer Science (PhD, MSc)

The Department of Computer Science offers opportunities for advanced study leading to the PhD and MSc Fields of study include Bayesian statistics and applications, bioinformatics, computational intelligence (computational vision, automated reasoning, multi-agent systems, intelligent interfaces, and machine learning), computer communications, databases, distributed and parallel systems, empirical analysis of algorithms, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, hybrid systems, integrated systems design, networks, network security, networking and multimedia, numerical methods and geometry in computer graphics, operating systems, programming languages, robotics, scientific computation, software engineering, visualization, and theoretical aspects of computer science (computational complexity, computational geometry, analysis of complex graphs, and parallel processing).
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Data Science (MSc)

The UBC Master of Data Science degree is a unique graduate program that empowers students to be ready to apply their newly acquired knowledge to a career in demand. If you are naturally inquisitive, have a passion for learning and a burning intellectual curiosity, with good communication skills and technical writing skills, then this is the program for you and your future career. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the UBC Master of Data Science program enables individuals with backgrounds in fields ranging from biology to linguistics to gain the statistical and computational knowledge and skills to fill the data science knowledge-worker gap.
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Engineering Physics (PhD, MASc)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a broad-based department with a wide range of research interests covering many key topics in contemporary physics, astronomy, and applied physics. Research activities are supported by computing and experimental facilities within the Department, as well as excellent electronics and machine shops.
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Geological Engineering (PhD, MASc)

The Geological Engineering Program is intended for students interested in the application of earth sciences principles to engineering problems. While most geological engineering degree programs are based in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, students may also base their studies in allied Applied Science departments such as Civil or Mining Engineering.
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Geological Science (PhD, MSc)

The Department maintains excellent provisions for research and study through the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR), a regional facility providing state-of-the-art laboratories for isotopic and geochemical analyses of rocks and fluids.
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Geophysics (PhD, MSc, MASc)

Theoretically and experimentally oriented Master of Science (MSc), Master of Applied Science (MASc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs are offered in a number of key areas of geophysics.
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Mathematics (PhD, MA, MSc)

The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study in most branches of pure and applied mathematics.
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Microbiology and Immunology (PhD, MSc)

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers opportunities for original research in the areas of molecular and applied microbiology, biotechnology, cell and developmental biology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, molecular immunology, microbial pathogenesis, and virology.
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Oceanography (PhD, MSc)

Oceanographers investigate both fundamental and applied problems relating to the physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology of the sea, often working across traditional academic disciplines.
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Physics (PhD, MSc)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a broad-based department with a wide range of research interests covering many key topics in contemporary physics, astronomy, and applied physics.
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Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES)

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) provides interdisciplinary graduate studies through the Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) program. The mission of IRES is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning concerning the linkages among human and natural systems and to support decision making for local to global scales.
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Statistics (PhD, MSc)

The program leading to the Master of Science is designed to prepare students for employment in government and industry or to serve as preparation for students planning to undertake a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy.
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Zoology (PhD, MSc)

Zoology encompasses over 50 principal investigators. Research interests of faculty members can be divided into several broad categories with substantial overlap of interest and collaboration among these arbitrary groups. The program vigorously promotes integrative research in biology and actively participates in several interdisciplinary programs, including the graduate programs in genetics, neuroscience, applied mathematics, and resource management.
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