Master of Science in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc)

Quick Facts

Master of Science
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Medicine


The UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a remarkable opportunity to study with numerous world renowned faculty and research programs. We are recognized as national and international leaders in both basic and clinical research. Experimental Pathology refers to research in any area of biomedical investigation that is relevant to human disease. Since it is necessary to understand the normal working of the system to fully define the changes associated with disease, the areas represented at UBC cover a wide range of fields and approaches. Work at all levels of biological organization is involved, from protein to lipoprotein biochemistry and molecular biology through cell and tumour biology, animal models for studies on pulmonary and cardiovascular pathophysiology and viral and bacterial infection processes, to clinical studies on human population and the AIDS epidemic.

We train students with varied backgrounds in science and medicine including: biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and microbiology/immunology.

We are committed to effective, cutting-edge, ethical research. The results of which will reach beyond the academic realm to effect positive change in the lives of our families, communities and, ultimately, our world.



Supervisor required prior to application?


GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Career Options

An Experimental Pathology degree opens up a world of opportunities. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of our program, graduates are working on research all over the world that is personalized to their interests. Our alumni have gone on to become national and international opinion leaders, valued staff researchers and administrators in academia or the biotechnology industry, studied clinical medicine or dived into the venture capital and equities domain.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$98.25$159.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,538.45$2,702.80
Tuition per year$4,615.35$8,108.40
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$857.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $13,561.00 (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

New registrations1511131711
Total enrolment3133343018

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 78% based on 27 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 21 graduations between 2011 - 2014 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 5.66 years with an average of 2.85 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 19 May 2015]. 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: 19 Feb 2015].

Further Program Information


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January 2016 Intake

Application Open Date
01 July 2015
Canadian/US Student Deadline
30 November 2015
International Student Deadline
31 October 2015

May 2016 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2015
Canadian/US Student Deadline
29 February 2016
International Student Deadline
31 January 2016

September 2016 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2015
Canadian/US Student Deadline
30 April 2016
International Student Deadline
31 March 2016

Program Information

Application Enquiries
Mailing Address
UBC Pathology Education Centre - Vancouver General Hospital
The University of British Columbia
Room 3200, 910 West 10th Avenue (Jim Pattison Pavilion North)
British Columbia, V5Z 1M9

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