Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Oncology (MSc)
The Interdisciplinary Oncology program (IOP) is a graduate program designed to appeal to a broad range of students interested in cancer research. IOP offers advanced study and research in a variety of fields relating to oncology. Those fields include: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biophysics, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical sciences, radiological sciences, immunology, molecular pathology, sociobehavioral studies, epidemiology and health economics. The goal of the program is to provide graduate students from diverse backgrounds, with an education in a number of disciplines relating to oncology, and to provide training opportunities for intensive training in specialized aspects of cancer research. For more than ten years, the program has been training the next generation of cancer research leaders.
What makes the program unique?
IOP integrates the diverse areas of oncology by offering two required courses which provide an interdisciplinary perspective on oncology in a form that is accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. The elective courses provide intensive training in one or more subjects specific to the student's research, and also gives the student an opportunity to gain expertise in other disciplines that have potential for synergy with their primary specialization. Students have access to clinicians and university faculty through the world-renowned BC Cancer Agency, to get a practical perspective on oncology treatments and outcomes. An innovative rotation course is a unique option for students to gain hands-on experience by rotating through specialty laboratories and by shadowing clinicians.
Most IOP supervisors reside off-campus at the BC Cancer Research Centre, the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital or other hospital-related buildings.
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.
CV, Official transcripts, three letters of reference, Official English exam scores (if required)
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
Prior degree requirements
A B.Sc is the minimum requirement.
All students who secure a supervisor and who are enrolled in the program will be paid a minimum stipend of $22,000/year.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,632.61||$2,868.22|
|Tuition per year||$4,897.83||$8,604.66|
|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.
Jiang, Xiaoyan (Cancer Genetics, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Leukemia, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Basic and translational leukemia research, Leukemic stem cell biology , Gene regulation , Drug resistance , Proteomics)
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)
Kitts, David (Food chemistry and toxicology, cellular and molecular mechanism, oncology)
Lam, Wan (Cancer progression; Genome biology; Epigenetics; Molecular Systems Biology; Lung Cancer; Technology Development)
Lam, Stephen C (Lung cancer, optical imaging, tomography, spectroscopy)
Lee, Tim (Computing; Early Cancer Detection; Epidemiologic Research on Skin Cancer)
Lovato, Chris (Health promotion, population health and program evaluation, impact of health programs and policies, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and health services)
Marra, Marco (Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Cancer Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genes, Cancer, Genomics, Epigenomics, Bioinformatics)
McKenzie, Donald (Exercise science, sports medicine, exercise physiology, chronic illness, respiratory exercise physiology, althetes, chronic diseases, hypoxemia, functional outcomes for pediatric/adult patients with cancer following organ transplantation, and with lung and muscle disease, interdisciplinary onocoly)
McNagny, Kelly Marshall (Apoptosis and Cancer, Stem Cells, Immunology, Inflammation, Mouse models of human disease, Tissue degeneration/regeneration, Cancer, innate immune response)
Moerman, Donald (Formation and function of muscle )
Nelson, Brad (Cell Therapy of Cancer, Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials, Cell therapies)
Nielsen, Torsten (Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System, Breast Cancer, Cancer Diagnosis and Detection, Translational research, Biomarker development, Experimental therapeutics, Clinical Trials, Epigenomics, Immuno-oncology)
Olson, Robert (Radiotherapy, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Epidemiology, Community Health / Public Health, Social Determinants of Cancer, patient reported outcomes, health services delivery, stereotactic radiotherapy)
Roskelley, Calvin (Breast cancer, ovarian cancer )
Schaeffer, David (Cancer, Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology, Genetics, genomics proteomics and related approaches, Gastrointestinal systems)
Schaffer, Paul (Positron Emission Tomography Imaging)
Schultz, Kirk (Pediatric Cancer Blood and Marrow Transplantation Transplantation immunology Graft-versus-Host Disease Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Aplastic Anemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Oncology, immune system, childhood leukemia, blood and marrow transplatation, tumour immunology)
Sorensen, Poul (Childhood cancer cells, genomic science )
Steidl, Christian (Cancer; Molecular Pathology & Cell Biology, Genetics, genomics proteomics and related approaches)
Tai, Isabella (Cancer of the Digestive System)
Takei, Fumio (Molecular immunology, cancer, cell-cell interactions)