Master of Science in Botany (MSc)
The Botany Department is one of the largest and strongest plant-focused departments in North America with roots extending back to the founding of UBC in 1915. Our departmental community of more than 260 consists of 40 full-time faculty members, several part-time faculty or associates, about 100 graduate students, numerous post-doctoral fellows and research associates, laboratory technicians, and a support staff of secretarial, equipment, herbarium, stores, workshop and greenhouse personnel. Our graduate students are expected to make influential contributions to scientific discovery and discourse, engage in formal and informal teaching and mentoring, and progress to careers in academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations. The Botany Grad Student Association forms an active group, organizing talks, study sessions, field trips and a variety of social activities. Recent Botany graduates have gone on to prestigious postdoctoral and teaching/research positions in Canada, the USA and abroad (England, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, France, Sweden).
What makes the program unique?
The Botany Department offers unparalleled opportunities for research and teaching/learning with faculty members at the leading-edge of their disciplines. Specializations within Botany range from molecular genetics to climate change impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Collaborations between Botany faculty and other departments including Zoology, Chemistry, Forestry, Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Michael Smith Laboratories, bring a rich array of potential topic areas for research to Botany graduate students. State-of-the-art facilities for bio-imaging, as well as a world-class herbarium and access to living collections in the Canadian Centre for the Culture of Microorganisms, add to the overall uniqueness of the Botany program.
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Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|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)|
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.
Adams, Keith (Molecular evolution, genome evolution, and gene expression)
Angert, Amy (evolutionary ecology, population biology, biological responses to climate change, conservation biology)
Berbee, Mary (Molecular phylogenetic studies of fungi and evolution of fungal life history stategies)
Bohlmann, Jorg (plant biochemistry, forestry genomics, forest health, conifers, poplar, bark beetle, mountain pine beetle, natural products, secondary metabolites, terpenes, floral scent, grapevine, Conifer genomics Forest health genomics Mountain pine beetle, fungus, pine interactions and genomics Chemical ecology of conifer, insect interactions)
Cronk, Quentin Charles (Comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology to study plant form)
Fast, Naomi (Genomics, single-celled organisms)
Graham, Sean (Plant phylogenetics, Plant systematics, Plant evolution, Organelles, Phylogenomics, Land plants, Mycoheterotrophs)
Harrison, Paul Garth (Ecology of seagrasses)
Haughn, George (plant cell wall biology, seed coat differentiation)
Jetter, Reinhard (Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry)
Keeling, Patrick John (Molecular evolution and cell biology of eukaryotes)
Kunst, Ljerka (Seed storage oil production, biosynthesis)
Leander, Brian (Evolutionary morphology, Marine invertebrate zoology, Evolutionary protistology, Species discovery, Phylogenetic biology, Comparative organismal biology, Marine biodiversity)
Lee, Jae-Hyeok (evolutionary potential of microalgae, evolution of developmental mechanisms)
Li, Xin (Molecules in plants, plants defence against pathogen infection, plant genes)
Maddison, Wayne (Arachnology, Biodiversity, Spiders, Phylogenetic Theory and Programming)
Martone, Patrick (Biomechanics, evolution, and ecophysiology of marine macroalgae)
Parfrey, Laura (Microbial ecology, microbial diversity, microbiome, protists )
Rieseberg, Loren (plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants)
Samuels, Anne Lacey (plant cell biology, plant cell walls)
Suttle, Curtis (marine microbiology, Arctic microbiology, , Biological Oceanography, Marine Microbiology, Environmental Virology, bacteriophage, bacteria, viruses, artic microbiology, environmental microbiology)
Tortell, Philippe (Biological / Chemical Oceanography, Climate-active Trace Gases, Primary Productvity, Polar Marine Ecosystems)
Wasteneys, Geoff (Plant Growth and Development, Microtubule Dynamics and Organization, Trafficking of Membrane Receptors and Transporters, Cellulose Biosynthesis, Plant Cell Walls in Cell Shape and Tissue Function)