Master of Science in Genome Science and Technology (MSc)

Overview

The Genome Science and Technology graduate program is a trans-disciplinary program that combines genomic research with leading-edge technology development in genome sciences for students pursing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. This program is intended to accommodate the diverse background of students and the broad nature of genomic research in human, animal, plant, microbes, and viruses.

Program Objectives

  • Generate a culture of innovation and discovery by exposing trainees at all levels to important and timely scientific problems being addressed using emerging technologies.
  • Enable researchers to effectively work at the nexus of biology, engineering, and physical sciences by providing a unified training program including joint seminars, cross-disciplinary rotations, and hands-on training in new technology and methodology.
  • Provide enriching professional development programs to assist the transition of trainees into both the academic and industrial workforces.
  • Foster close interactions, collaborations, and intellectual exchange with other laboratories nationally and internationally.

Our goal is to be among the top 10 graduate programs in genome sciences & technology in North America.

What makes the program unique?

The M.Sc. program in Genome Science and Technology (GSAT) incorporates an innovative rotation program that allows students to access multiple highly skilled research faculty during their graduate program. These rotation opportunities allow students to learn the latest advances in genomic sciences and high through-put technologies.  Rotations also allow valuable relationships to form for future collaborative opportunities. 

The GSAT program has collaborative associations with both the Centre for High Through-put Technology and the Michael Smith Laboratories. Faculty members associated with the program have diverse backgrounds in genomics and proteomics, bio-engineering, systems biology, chemical biology,device and instrumentation development and engineering.

 

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Genome Science and Technology
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Science

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Program Enquiries

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Research Information

Research Focus

Systems biology, Genomics and proteomics, Chemical biology, Bioengineering, Device and instrumentation development, Computational biology

Program Components

Students who have been selected for the GSAT rotation scholarship will have the opportunity to rotate through three GSAT-Faculty laboratories before they make the final decision on their thesis supervisor.

Research Facilities

GSAT faculty are spread throughout the UBC campus, with most occupying the Michael Smith Laboratories building. A small number of GSAT faculty may reside off-campus at the BC Cancer Research Centre or hospital research labs and Institutions.

Application Notes

Students who are selected for the GSAT rotation scholarship will not need to secure a supervisor before they are enrolled in the program. All other students must secure a supervisor before they can be admitted into the program. As well, they must meet the minimum admission requirements set out by Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies at UBC.

Requirements

Document Requirements

CV, Official transcripts, three letters of reference, Official English exam scores (if required)

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
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21
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21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

GRE required?

Not required

Prior degree requirements

Applicants must have a Life-Sciences degree, with significant experience in a quantitative science OR a Computer Science/Math/Engineering/Physics degree with significant experience in Life Sciences. Although work experience may be taken into consideration if the degree is outside these areas.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 April 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 03 September 2019
Transcript Deadline: 03 September 2019
Referee Deadline: 09 September 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 03 September 2019
Transcript Deadline: 03 September 2019
Referee Deadline: 09 September 2019

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 July 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 20 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 20 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 24 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 20 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 20 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 24 January 2020

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
05 July 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 04 December 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 04 December 2019

Funding Sources

All students accepted by a faculty member and enrolled in the program will be paid a minimum stipend of $24,300/year.  Students who have been selected for the GSAT rotation scholarships will also have their tuition paid for the first two years of study.

Career Options

Graduates find career opportunities in both the private and public sector involving genomic and proteomic technology development. Employers from biotechnology companies and government institutions all seek graduates from the GSAT program. Opportunities in academia can be furthered by continuing towards a Ph.D. in Genome Science and Technology.

Recent graduates have taken positions at local biotechnology companies, or found work as research technicians both in British Columbia and the USA. Those looking to further their academic career have entered medical school, or are pursuing a PhD degree in Israel, and Europe.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. 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

 20182017201620152014
Applications3238101214
Offers510589
New registrations59589
Total enrolment2024221928

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 71.43% based on 7 students admitted between 2008 - 2011. Based on 13 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 3.66 years with an average of 2.85 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: 22 March 2019]. 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: 23 September 2018].

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.

  • Haynes, Charles (Protein purification, recombinant proteins, molecular thermodynamics, biocompatible polymers)
  • Hieter, Philip (Molecular biology of eukaryotic chromosome transmission )
  • Hirst, Martin (Carcinogenesis, Leukemia, Cellular Differentiation, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Molecular Genetics, Epigenomics)
  • Holt, Robert (Immunogenetics, Metagenomics - Infectious agents in Cancer, Cancer Genomes, Neurobiology, DNA Sequencing)
  • Hoodless, Pamela (Embryonic Development, Genomics, Heart Valve / Valvular Diseases, Liver, Stem Cells and Organogenesis, Developmental Genetics, Embryology, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenetics, Heart valve formation, Liver development)
  • Huntsman, David (hereditary cancer, molecular pathology, cancer biomarkers, Pancreas centre)
  • Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur (Iron transport molecules)
  • Johnson, James (diabetes, hormones, cell biology, signal transduction, apoptosis or programmed cell death, heart failure, heart disease, calcium signalling, pancreatic cancer, obesity, longevity, imaging, Causes of type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a molecular level discovery of genes and associated gene networks linked to diabetes risk and by known risk factors that predispose individuals to diabetes)
  • Jones, Steven J (Bioinformatics, genome science, mutations, cancer progression)
  • Karsan, Aly (Myelodysplatic syndromes, myeloid malignancies, innate immune signaling in vascular hematopoietic function, genomics for clinical diagnostics)
  • Kastrup, Christian (drug delivery, coagulation, biomaterials, atherosclerosis, in-vivo imaging, microfluidics )
  • Kieffer, Tim (Diabetes)
  • Kobor, Michael (Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, Molecular Biology , Chromatin Biology)
  • Kopp, Janel (Pancreas, Pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic development, Modeling cancer)
  • Lange, Philipp (Cell Signaling and Cancer, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, pediatric cancer, post translational protein modification, personalized medicine)
  • Li, Xin (Molecules in plants, plants defence against pathogen infection, plant genes)
  • Loewen, Christopher (Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell Polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism)
  • Marra, Marco (Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Genes, Genetic Mapping, Cancer Biology, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics, Genetics)
  • Marziali, Andre (Teaching methods, pedagogy, Robotics in education, Nanotechnology, Engineering Physics, Genomics, Biophysics, Genomics Technologies)
  • 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)
  • Morin, Gregg (Proteomics, protein-protein interactions, protein isoform function, alternative splicing)
  • Mostafavi, Sara (machine/statistical learning applied to disease genetics )
  • Nislow, Corey (genomics and develops biotechnology tools to address both fundamental and applied biological questions; Parallel genome-wide chemical genomic screens; High throughput cell-based screens; Next Generation Sequencing)

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January 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
02 April 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
03 September 2019
International Applicant Deadline
03 September 2019

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 July 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
20 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
20 January 2020

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
05 July 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019
 

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