Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
 

Overview

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is home to more than thirty well-funded research groups, offering 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 therefore 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.

The Department offers MSc and PhD degree programs, with the option to transfer into the PhD track during the second year. Enrollment in the two programs combined has been steadlily increasing over the last 5 years from about 65 to 84 grads. The requirements for formal course credits are usually completed within the first two academic terms. Course topics include laboratory techniques, nucleic acids, membrane structure and function, cellular regulation, protein chemistry and molecular biology. Additional options include bioinformatics, genome analysis, cell growth and differentiation, bacterial pathogenesis and immuno-genetics. The balance of the program is research intensive and assessed by examination of a dissertation.

What makes the program unique?

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has a rich history and on-going record of exceptional academic and research excellence. The Department was home to Nobel Laureate, Michael Smith and his legacy is sustained through involvement of a number of our professors with the Michael Smith Laboratories and the closely-associated Centre for High Throughput Biology. The majority of our research laboratories are located in the Life Sciences Institute, the largest multidisciplinary research hub at UBC. Key features of our research and graduate programs are that they are set up to enable top-notch work, with the very best facilities and with opportunities for collaboration with researchers from a range of disciplines. Research groups in the Life Sciences Institute include those with a focus on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, bacterial and viral diseases, chemical biology, blood research, molecular epigenetics and others.  We encourage you to visit the Department website to check out the specific research interests and achievements of the professors in the Department. A number of our professors have developed and maintain major and cutting-edge equipment that underpins research using macromolecular crystallography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, high-throughput imaging and a range of spectroscopic techniques for macromolecular analysis.

The Department provides tuition benefits to more than half of all students and scholarships to assist with travel to meetings. The Department makes every effort to enable students to gain teaching experience through teaching assistantships, mostly to support teaching in undergraduate laboratory and lecture courses and for which further stipend support is achieved. Overall, the average support package for graduate students exceeds $27,000 per annum.

 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

106
27
29
27
24

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Funding Sources

Applicants who are interested in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and application, and nanoscience instrumentation may consider the NanoMat program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities.

Career Options

During the past year we undertook a detailed survey of all graduates who completed their graduate programs in the period from 2003-2014. Of the total of 138 graduates, we have tracked the career progress of more than 120 so far. Of this total, 35 have completed further training in graduate and postdoctoral positions, 20 have entered a professional program (mostly in Law or Medicine), 11 have progressed to a tenure-stream faculty position and 32 have full-time research positions in academia (8), industry (21) or government departments (3). Others have established careers in technical writing or management and the most recent cohort (13) are still at a very early stage of career development. Although we need to continue to track and refine our understanding of career outcomes, it is very clear that our programs enable our graduates to achieve career success in a number of academic, professional and commercial areas.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (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

 20162015201420132012
Applications3533353838
Offers131110126
New registrations121110116
Total enrolment2526262824

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 81.82% based on 22 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 14 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.95 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. 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: 29 September 2017].

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.

  • Brayer, Gary (Proteins, catalytic action, structure, X-ray diffraction)
  • Bromme, Dieter (Lysosomal proteases, centre for blood research )
  • Brumer, Harry (enzymes, polysaccharides, carbohydrates, biomass, cellulose, plant cell walls, microbiota, Carbohydrates, enzymology, biomaterials, biomass utilization)
  • Conibear, Elizabeth (Molecular pathways, cellular transportation, Alzheimer's, lysomsomal storage diseases, yeast genetics)
  • Cullis, Pieter (Molecular biology for therapeutic purposes, lipids, immunological drugs)
  • Dedhar, Shoukat (molecular biology, molecular biology as it relates to disease; developing new theraputics for cancer; how brain cells (neurons)make connections, therapeutics for cancer; molecular genetics and cancer; medical research, cancer, inflammatory diseases, cariovascular diseases, Cellular proteins, extracellular martrix, integrins, signal transduction, calreticulin, protein kinase, gene expression, cell differentiation)
  • Devine, Dana Virginia (Biochemistry, blood regulation, platelet biology)
  • Duong, Franck (Membrane protein, nanodiscs, ligand-receptor interactions, cell membranes, lipids, soluble proteins, porin, iron intake)
  • Eltis, Lindsay (Bacterial catabolism, pollutant degradation, steroid degradation, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, biocatalysts, Microbial enzymes and pathways involved in the degradation of natural and man-made compounds)
  • Finlay, B Brett (Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it)
  • Foster, Leonard (mass spectrometry, Mass spectrometry, proteomics, organelles, host-pathogen interactions, pathogenic bacteria, phagocytosis, genomics, honeybees, Apis mellifera)
  • Gsponer, Joerg (Protein-DNA, protein-RNA and protein-protein interactions)
  • Hieter, Philip (Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission )
  • Howe, LeAnn (gene regulation, epigenetics, chromatin)
  • Jan, Eric (Virology, Virus, Antiviral innate immunity, translation, Protein synthesis, RNA, RNA structure function, tRNA, ribosome, RNA virus, protease, molecular biology, picornavirus)
  • Kastrup, Christian (drug delivery, coagulation, biomaterials, atherosclerosis, in-vivo imaging, microfluidics )
  • Kim, Hugh (platelet biochemistry)
  • Kobor, Michael (Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, Molecular Biology , Chromatin Biology)
  • Ling, Victor (Resistance to anticancer drugs, glycoprotein, chemotherapy, proteins )
  • MacGillivray, Ross (Human blood proteins involved in coagulation and in iron homeostasis, molecular genetic techniques, mutagenesis, structural-functional relationships of proteins, expressing recombinant proteins for inclusion in a hemostatic bandage)
  • Mayor, Thibault (Proteostasis, Protein Degradation, Protein Folding, Proteomics, Ubiquitin, Proteasome, Neurodegenerative diseases, Aging, Cell Biology, Yeast Genetics, Biochemistry)
  • McIntosh, Lawrence (Protein structure-dynamics-function, Regulation of gene expression, Signal transduction, Cancer, Enzyme mechanisms)
  • Measday, Vivien (Chromosome segregation in the budding yeast using molecular biology and genomic tools)
  • Molday, Robert (Proteins, cell structure, lipids, drug discovery, gene therapy)
  • Mui, Alice (Inflammatory Signalling Pathways)

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
08 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018

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