Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc and PhD)

Information accurate as of: April 13th 2017. Retrieved from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology website. For further details, please visit: http://biochem.ubc.ca/

BIMB

(Credit: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

The Graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offer opportunities for research that is fundamental in advancing basic science and at the same time provides knowledge that is being translated to help tackle human diseases. The graduate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provide advanced research-based education with the goal of preparing students for a career in academic, industrial or professional positions in British Columbia and beyond. This program provides advanced education with a goal of preparing students for a career in research. If you hold a degree in a clinical/medical field (i.e., MD, Pharmacy, Clinical Laboratory) or application-based fields (Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology) you would generally be more successful applying to another graduate program.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Advanced Laboratory Experience:Experience in a biochemistry research environment, e.g., summer student research project, co-op work experience, a directed studies laboratory research course, or employment as a laboratory technician in a research or relevant industrial environment.
  • Undergraduate Degree: At the minimum, you should hold or be in the process of completing a four-year science BSc or BScH
  • Knowledge of Organic and Physical Chemistry: You should be knowledgeable in organic and physical chemistry beyond the introductory level
  • Advanced Coursework: You should have taken an introductory Biochemistry course, an introductory Biochemistry laboratory course, and at least two advanced Biochemistry courses. Courses in genetics, physics, microbiology, or cell biology are strongly recommended
  • Minimum B+ GPA: North American degree holders must have obtained an overall transcript average of B+ or have a first class standing in 12 credits of combined 3rd and 4th year relevant coursework

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

Master’s Degree: Applicants should hold a recognized Master’s Degree. Students with a first class average in undergraduate coursework and research experience beyond the laboratory course level may apply for direct entry into the PhD Program.

  • Laboratory Experience: At least 12-15 months of full-time laboratory research
  • Graduate Coursework: Coursework consisting of a seminar course, graduate level courses, a written thesis and an oral presentation/examination before a research supervisory committee
  • Publications: Ideally, you should be a co-author on a manuscript published in an internationally recognized journal
  • Minimum B+ GPA: Applicants must have an overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in your master’s degree program

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Online application form and fee: You may apply online at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View the program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Personal Statement: A statement describing your career goals and your proposed research area. You should also state why you feel you will be a successful graduate student and describe the qualities you will bring to the department. This statement should be at least a half page in length and no more than a page long.
  • GRE: Regardless of citizenship all applicants with degrees from outside of North America must submit a GRE report. Canadian citizens with a degree from an international university must provide a GRE report.

Full details about application process can be found on the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s website.

For prospective graduate students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the application deadline is January 15. (To begin the program in January, applicants should apply by May 31. Please be advised that positions are limited each year for a January consideration).

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Application Information page for more information.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Doris Metcalf
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Life Sciences Centre
Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604 822 3178
Fax: 604 822 5227
Website: http://biochem.ubc.ca/
Email: bioc.grad@ubc.ca

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (Okanagan Campus)

Graduate Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc and PhD)

Information accurate as of: May 31st 2016. Retrieved from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology website. For further details, please visit: http://biochem.ubc.ca/

BIMB02

(Credit: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

The research-based MSc and PhD degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology enable students to conduct original research, develop teaching and mentoring skills, and become engaged in the scientific community at large. Students learn the theoretical, technical, analytical, and communication skills needed to perform timely and groundbreaking research. Their original work makes significant contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms of biochemical processes and the complex interactions between organisms.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the MSc program include:

  • Bachelors Degree: a four-year undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, combined Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biology or a related field
  • Minimum GPA: a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) or better in third- or fourth-year classes. At least 12 credits in third- and fourth- year classes relevant to the field of study with an A- (80%) or better.
  • Relevant Experience: In lieu of the minimum GPA, applicants should have significant formal training and relevant professional experience. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

PhD Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements to the PhD program include:

  • Masters DegreePhD applicants will normally have an MSc in Biochemistry, Chemistry, combined Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biology, or a related field.
  • Minimum GPA: a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) or better in the MSc coursework and thesis.
  • Relevant Experience: Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements listed above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admissions on the recommendation of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
  • COGS Requirements: Meet the minimum Graduate Admission Requirements as outlined by the College of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan campus.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
    • CV or Resume
    • Faculty Supervisor: Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor.  Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact prospective supervisors prior to applying to the program

For application forms and detailed instructions, visit the UBC Okanagan College of Graduate Studies website.

The College of Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a list of Application & Admission Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program’s Graduate Application Information page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Barb Lucente
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Assistant
Science Building
317-1177 Research Rd
Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

Tel: 250 807-8935
Fax: 250 807-8830
Website: http://bcmb.ok.ubc.ca/
Email: barb.lucente@ubc.ca