Laboratory Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty of Medicine

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website. For further details, please visit: http://pathology.ubc.ca/educational-programs/bmlsc/

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The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) Program integrates theoretical knowledge with practical lab experience, giving students the tools they need to engage in real-world scientific research and biotechnology. Graduates of our program have gone on to pursue diverse careers in healthcare, research and biotechnology, among others. The program emphasizes data analysis and an understanding of the underlying principles of the sub-disciplines of Medical Laboratory Science. The aim is to produce a "generalist" medical laboratory scientist, an individual who can adapt to and understand the changes that are occurring and will continue to occur in the medical laboratory.

Note: although the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Program has a similar name, it is a completely different program from Medical Laboratory Science Technologist (MLT) training programs.  You cannot become a certified MLT through the BMLSc Program. The Medical Laboratory Science Diploma can be completed at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and College of New Caledonia.

  • Apply to UBC: Apply to UBC to become an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science. Ensure that you have met the High School Admission requirements which include English 12, Calculus 12 as well as two other approved Grade 12 courses.
  • Complete Prerequisites: Students must complete a two-year general program. Following completion of several prerequisite courses students enter the BMLSc Program at Year 3. ALL of the following courses must be completed by April of the year for which you are applying for September entry:
  • Admission Requirements
    • Supporting documentation: Gather documents (including transcripts), which will be uploaded to the application site.
    • Letter of Academic Intent: A 150 word statement, outlining why you are interested in the BMLSc Program and your long-term educational and career goals (if known).
UBC Vancouver UBC Okanagan
First-year level courses: First-year level courses:
Chemistry CHEM 121+123 or 111+113* CHEM 121+123 or 111+113
Biology BIOL 112+121+140* BIOL 116+125
English 6 credits first year level 6 credits first year level
Math 6 credits first year level* 6 credits first year level
Physics PHYS 101 and 118 recommended; PHYS 100 is NOT recommended* PHYS 112+122 or 111+102
* The chemistry, biology, math, and physics requirements may be fulfilled with SCIE 001.
  Second-year level courses: Second-year level courses:
Cell Biology BIOL 200 BIOL 200 or BIOL 265
Biochemistry BIOL 201 BIOC 304 or BIOL 311
Physical Chemistry CHEM 205 or 201 CHEM 201
Analytical Chemistry CHEM 211** CHEM 211**
Organic Chemistry CHEM 233+235 (or 203+204 or 203+213+245) CHEM 203+204 or 213+214
Microbiology MICB 202 BIOL 228
Arts electives 6 credits – any year level*** 6 credits – any year level***
**Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 211) is a prerequisite for UBC CHEM 311, a required course in year 3 of BMLSc. Applicants who have not completed UBC CHEM 211 or an equivalent course at another institution CANNOT be considered for admission.
*** Arts electives: Includes most humanities and social science subject areas offered by the Faculty of Arts, excluding ENGL courses used to satisfy the first-year English requirement.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens in mid August and closes in mid January. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May.

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 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Undergraduate Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Joanne Wouterse, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
BMLSc Program
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Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
#G-227 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5
Tel: (604) 822-7108
Fax. :(604) 827-3689
Email: jwouterse@pathology.ubc.ca

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Degree in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc and PhD)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website. For further details, please visit: http://pathology.ubc.ca/educational-programs/graduate-studies/

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The Graduate Programs in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers the opportunity to study both basic and clinical research. Experimental Pathology refers to research in any area of biomedical investigation that is relevant to human disease. Work at all levels of biological organization is involved, from protein to lipoprotein biochemistry and molecular biology through cell and tumour biology, animal models for studies on pulmonary and cardiovascular pathophysiology and viral and bacterial infection processes, to clinical studies on human population and the AIDS epidemic.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Bachelor’s or MD Degree: Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or MD degree with high academic achievements in the necessary background course (e.g. Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Mathematics etc.)
  • Minimum GPA: Achieve at least a B+ average in third and fourth year-level course work, or at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.
  • Pre-requisite Courses: Students must have completed an intermediate course in Biochemistry.

There are three different PhD entrance options:

  • Hold an Honour’s Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with an overall average in ‘A’ grade range (80% or 3.7 or higher on a scale of 4) and who demonstrate advanced research ability. OR
  • Transfer from a Master’s degree after the first year but before the end of the second year. Student must have 12 credits completed, of which normally 9 credits must be at the 500 level and of first class standing. Clear evidence of research ability or potential must have been provided. OR
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent, with clear evidence of research ability or potential.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Find a Prospective Supervisor: Students should review the list of Active Researchers and their research areas  and identify potential supervisors that match your interests.
  • 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.
  • Supervisor Approval: An email from your identified Supervisor agreeing to take you on as a student.

For a full list of instructions please visit the program’s website.

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 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Graduate Program’s How to Apply page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Ms Heather Cheadle
Graduate Program Coordinator
UBC Pathology Education Centre - Vancouver General Hospital
The University of British Columbia
Room 3200, 910 West 10th Avenue (Jim Pattison Pavilion North)
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1M9

Tel: 604-875-4111 Ext: 21075
E-mail: heather.cheadle@pathology.ubc.ca