Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD)
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 (MD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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 MD/PhD 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
- 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
MD/PhD students choose to work in one of the four medical programs - VFMP, SMP, NMP, IMP.
Research Areas: Public Health, Neuroscience, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Urology, Sports Medicine, and more.
Application to the MD/PhD Program is made by completing:
1) the application form for admission to the MD Program
2) the application form for admission to the MD/PhD Program
We welcome applications from Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, including those who currently reside outside Canada. We regret that we are unable to admit international students.
Autobiographical essay of research interest. Applicants are required to submit a concise, well organized essay which clearly outlines why you have chosen the Clinician Scientist path as a career in medicine, your perception of the discipline, and the medical field that best matches the area of your research interest.
Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
Prior degree requirements
The MD/PhD Program considers students from a variety of backgrounds; no preference is given to any particular degree program.
Prerequisites / Course Requirements
Courses in biology, chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended but are not required for application. All applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in these areas through coursework and/or MCAT scores. Courses in physics, statistics and the social sciences are also recommended as general preparation for the MCAT and for medical school.
Besides academic standard, other strengths including maturity, research experience and potential, scholarship, personal qualities, research field of interest, and proposed research supervisor and laboratory are also assessed.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the regular undergraduate MD curriculum, MD/PhD students will also undertake graduate level coursework as required by their chosen field of research.
All MD/PhD students are required to fulfill the PhD portion of the degree in a department which is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and listed in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The research supervisor must be a full member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and is usually from a Department, Interdisciplinary Program or Institute within the Faculty of Medicine. The research supervisor must hold a current CIHR research operating grant or from an equivalent peer-reviewed, federal or provincial granting agency.
All MD/PhD students receive a studentship award through the MD/PhD Program (annual stipend $21,000, renewable each year for a maximum of 6 years).
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 EducationUniversity of British Columbia (7)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Toronto
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationUniversity Health Network (2)
Medical Imaging Consultants
Provincial Health Services Authority
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationChief Executive Officer
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThese 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.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Application Fee||$102.00||Not applicable|
|Installments per year||3||Not applicable|
|Tuition per installment||$1,697.64||Not applicable|
|Tuition per year||$5,092.92||Not applicable|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$923.38 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
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.
Completion Rates & Times
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. Julia Pon
"Dr. Pon characterized how mutations in the gene MEF2B may contribute to lymphoma development. She mapped, for the first time, interactions between MEF2B and other genes throughout the genome, including genes involved in cancer development. Her research contributes to our understanding of the regulatory networks altered in cancer development." (May 2017)
- Dr. Gareth Mercer
"Dr. Mercer developed and tested a method of measuring the contributions fathers make to rearing healthy children in South Africa. Future application of this method in national surveys will inform initiatives to remove barriers and encourage positive, gender-equitable parenting by fathers." (May 2017)
- Dr. Alexis Crabtree
"Dr. Crabtree conducted participatory research with people who drink non-beverage alcohol, such as mouthwash and rubbing alcohol. Her work contributed to the development of harm reduction programs for this population and led to the formation of an activist group of illicit drinkers who advocate for the health of their community." (May 2017)
- Dr. Farzad Jamshidi
"Dr. Jamshidi studied a rare cancer called epithelioid sarcoma. His results show that while it is a complex disease, inhibition of a specific protein called EZH2 can be of therapeutic value. His work has resulted in the inclusion of epithelioid sarcoma in EZH2 inhibitor clinical trials in the US and Canada." (May 2017)
- 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)