Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Oncology (MSc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Interdisciplinary Oncology
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
 

Overview

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. 

 

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
24
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Career Options

Graduates have a wide range of options from working in government institutions to academia to biotechnology and bio-pharm companies. Those looking to further their academic career have entered medical school or are pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Canada and abroad.

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
Applications15161479
Offers128746
New registrations107646
Total enrolment2314161415

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 73% based on 11 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 9 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.83 years and the maximum time is 4.32 years with an average of 2.73 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: 8 April 2016].

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.

  • Jia, William Wei-Guo (Brain tumour, Oncolytic virotherapy, Virus mediated genetherapy, Degenerative neurological diseases, Drug discovery from natural products, neurosurgery)
  • Jiang, Xiaoyan (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, 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 (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 (Cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Oncolytic viruses, T cell engineering, Clinical trials)
  • Nielsen, Torsten (Cancer, sarcoma and tissue microarray)
  • Olson, Robert (Rural cancer care delivery, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer)
  • Roskelley, Calvin (Breast cancer, ovarian cancer )
  • 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 (Gastrointestinal cancers, Chemotherapy resistance, Tumour micro-metastasis, Tumour progression, Genomics/ proteomics)
  • Takei, Fumio (Molecular immunology, cancer, cell-cell interactions)
  • Thorne, Sally (cancer care, chronic illness)

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January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
29 September 2017
International Applicant Deadline
29 September 2017

May 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
18 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 January 2018

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
18 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 April 2018
International Applicant Deadline
30 April 2018

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