Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)

Quick Facts

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Medicine


This is an integrated program jointly offered by the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Its purpose is to provide selected and highly qualified students the opportunity to combine their medical school experience with intensive scientific training in pursuing a career as clinician-scientists in a chosen field. The program is designed so that students can receive the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees after successful completion of six to seven years of enrolment. The program is built upon the regular M.D. curriculum, but is further customized to meet the unique career goals of individual students based on their background, previous research experience, and their chosen medical field of expertise. Graduates of the M.D./Ph.D. program are trained as competent physicians, as well as skilled scientists who can sustain a successful and competitive clinical investigative career.

What makes the program unique?

  • The combined UBC MD/PhD Program is a 7-year program
  • Find your perfect supervisor from the highly regarded faculty members within the Faculty of Medicine
  • You have your curriculum customized to synergize with your research
  • You choose to work in one of the four medical programs
  • Graduate work begins by the end of first year and continues, interwoven with medical school curriculum, through fifth year
  • At least 7 distinct research campuses  with cutting edge research tools
  • Plenty of financial support: reduced tuition, scholarships, travel awards and research stipends
  • The program hosts regular seminars for trainees and advocates for scheduling to balance research and clinical demands
  • Connect with the highly motivated medical and graduate students ready for academic discussion, sports outings or a night of fun
  • UBC is one of the top 3 Medical Schools in Canada
  • UBC Life Sciences is top-ranked in Canada
  • UBC is highly ranked among all universities in the world


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


GRE required?

Not required

Career Outcomes

19 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 2 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 16 graduates:

RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (7)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Toronto
Queen's University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
University Health Network (2)
Medical Imaging Consultants
Provincial Health Services Authority
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Chief Executive Officer
Surgical Assistant
Emergency Physician
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

MD/PhD students are trained to translate basic discoveries into improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. MD/PhD graduates have been highly successful in reaching the program's intended goal of a clinician-scientist career, including staff positions at universities.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00Not applicable
Tuition *
Installments per year3Not applicable
Tuition per installment$1,664.35Not applicable
Tuition per year$4,993.05Not applicable
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Applications 49 38 37 15 16
Offers 6 5 5 3 5
New registrations 6 5 5 2 5
Total enrolment 27 24 20 18 22

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 88% based on 8 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 8 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 5.66 years and the maximum time is 8.83 years with an average of 7.14 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.


Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 8 April 2016]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Monday, 29 May 2017 - 4:00pm - Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive

Daniel James Woodsworth
Characterizing the Granzyme-Perforin Pathway and its Utility as a Cell-to-Cell Delivery System for Cellular Therapeutics

Friday, 2 June 2017 - 12:30pm - Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive

Victor Li
Functional Characterization of a Novel NMDA Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Clara Yolande Westwell-Roper
    "Dr. Westwell-Roper showed that protein aggregation within the pancreas in type 2 diabetes causes tissue damage due to inflammation. Blocking immune cell activation prevented disease development in animal models. This work helps us understand why insulin secretion decreases over time and points to new therapeutic targets for type 2 diabetes." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Long Viet Nguyen
    "Dr. Nguyen investigated the regenerative activity of normal and malignant breast stem cells and developed a model to generate breast tumours from normal human breast cells. This work was instrumental in understanding the early changes that occur during tumour formation and how the diversity of breast cancer arises from normal starting cells." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Michael Rebin Copley
    "Dr. Copley studied developmental changes in blood stem cells. He showed that such changes are regulated by a molecular pathway that is controlled at the level of the stem cell itself. This research may inform methods to expand blood stem cells and help to explain the unique behaviour of childhood leukemias compared to adult leukemias." (May 2015)
  • Dr. David Andrew McVea
    "Dr. McVea studied brain activity in the newborn and adult brain. He found new, previously unrecognized patterns of activity in the newborn brain that may help prepare the brain for more mature patterns in later life. Knowledge of this activity may help develop treatments for those with brain injuries, as well as disorders of brain development" (May 2014)
  • Dr. Heather Lynn Heine
    "Dr. Heine conducted research into stem cells and the way blood vessels regenerate. She implanted a device, similar to a petri dish, which allows the study of cells within the living body. Her work revealed that there are subtle and complex relationships between cells under different conditions. The findings will contribute to advancements in stem cell research." (November 2012)

Further Program Information


May 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
04 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
14 June 2017

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
15 June 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
01 October 2017
International Applicant Deadline
14 June 2017

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