Cell and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Degree in Cell and Developmental Biology (MSc and PhD)

Information accurate as of: April 18th 2017. Retrieved from the Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology website. For further details, please visit: http://cell.med.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology)

The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students undertaking advanced study and research in cell and developmental biology. The program is flexible and is designed to accommodate the diverse backgrounds of students and the broad nature of research in cell and developmental biology. The program's courses provide a thorough understanding of the scientific fundamentals and methodologies of contemporary cell and developmental biology. All students undertake original and significant research from the beginning of their studies.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the MSc program include:

  • Undergraduate Degree: Hold a degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum B+ average (76% at UBC) in third and fourth year-level coursework, or at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher), in subjects related to the intended field of graduate study.
  • Preparatory Knowledge: Have sufficient preparatory academic background to carry out graduate work in the chosen field.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the PhD program include:

  • Master’s Degree: Applicant must hold a degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC Master’s degree, with an overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in the Master’s degree program. OR
  • Bachelors Degree with 12 credits of Graduate Coursework: Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree with one year of study in a Master’s program with at least 9 credits of coursework at the 500-level or above, all of which must be of first class average (at UBC 80% or higher). Clear evidence of research ability or potential is also required. Transfer into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after the first year of study at the Master’s level and is not permitted after completion of the second year.
  • Preparatory Knowledge: Have sufficient preparatory academic background to carry out graduate work in the chosen field.
  • Direct Entry: In exceptional cases, applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree with an overall average in the ‘A’ grade range (at UBC, 80% or higher) and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to the Ph.D. program. Students entering directly from a bachelor’s degree must, during the first two years of study, complete 12 credits of coursework with a first class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Prospective Supervisor: Acceptance into the Program is dependent upon a prospective student receiving confirmation from a faculty member that he/she is willing to act as their Research Supervisor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise him or her as a graduate student.
  • 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.
  • Written Statement: A statement outlining relevant prior research experience, and motivation to pursue graduate studies in cell and developmental biology as reflected in the written statement of your interests
  • Note: The CELL Program does not require applicants to take Graduate Record Examination (GRE) tests.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application 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 Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology Application Information page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Peggy Faulkner
Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology
Life Sciences Centre
The University of British Columbia
1347-2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604-822-2671
Website: http://cell.med.ubc.ca/
Email: cell.grad@ubc.ca