Master of Science in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (MSc)
The goal of the Graduate Program in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences is to provide students with a broad knowledge of mammalian reproductive and developmental biology, as well as with in depth expertise in at least one area of research, including reproductive and molecular endocrinology, immunology of reproduction, maternal adaptations to pregnancy, women's mental health, fertilization and early embryonic development, perinatal metabolism, fetal/neonatal physiology and pathophysiology and perinatal; epidemiology.
Basic science, clinical or epidemiologic research projects are possible. The MSc program involves both course work and a thesis research project.
The main research activities take place in the BC Women's Hospital, the main obstetrics hospital in Vancouver and in the adjacent B.C. Research Institute for Children's and Women's Health. In addition, research is carried out on the main University campus, at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital. All sites possess modern, well equipped laboratories for basic science research. In addition, there are facilities for conducting research on human subjects and for clinical and epidemiologic research.
What makes the program unique?
The RDS program is the only graduate program in Canada that is based in a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. RDS students thus have the opportunity to interact with both basic science and clinical research faculty, which can lead to the formulation of research projects that address important clinical issues in women (e.g. ovarian cancer, preeclampsia). Moreover, the location of the department within the teaching hospitals in Vancouver facilitates the collection of human samples (e.g. placental or ovarian tissue, sperm and testes tissue) that can be used in thesis research projects.
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Annual Department Research Day - students present poster and oral presentations and are awarded for their work.
Areas of research focus are: Endometriosis, steroid receptors, reproductive and molecular endocrinology minimally invasive and robotic surgery; Trophoblast biology and human placentation;Sexual health and dysfunction; Nutrition, health and management in early pregnancy in cows; polycystic ovary syndrome and ovarian physiology;Diet, epigenetics and metabolic programming;Reproductive and molecular endocrinology; gametes and early embryo development; perinatal transmission of viral pathogens and infectious etiology of preterm labour; fetal and child development associated with prenatal psychotropic drug and maternal mood disturbances.
Computer labs; UBC Learning commons library.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
For domestic students, the tri-agency council awards such as CIHR, NSERC, Michael Smith Foundation, BCCHRI new studentship award is available to apply for.
For International students, they are eligible to apply for Affiliated awards, spring graduate awards, Vanier awards.
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.
Bayrampour Basmenj, Hamideh (Maternal Mental Health, Pregnancy Outcomes, Perinatal Anxiety)
Beristain, Alexander Guillermo (Healthy Starts; cellular and molecular processes that direct trophoblast cell biology in early placental development; Examining the A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase (ADAM) family in trophoblast biology; Examining the effects of obesity-associated inflammation on the maternal-fetal interface; Identifying gene expression differences in subpopulations of trophoblasts in normal and pathological pregnancies )
Brotto, Lori (Reproductive & Developmental Science Sexual medicine)
Cerri, Ronaldo (discover and develop solutions to fertility issues that affect dairy and beef cattle; effects of inflammation and health disorders on the cross-communication between the uterus and the embryo)
Devlin, Angela (obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming)
Dong, Xuesen (understand how steroid receptors regulate gene expression and apply this knowledge to treating patients with prostate cancer and premature labour)
Elango, Rajavel (Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition )
Gilks, Cyril Blake (Pancreas centre)
Hammond, Geoffrey Lewis (Steroids in growth and development, reproductive health, nutrition)
Hanley, Gillian (socioeconomic status as a predictor of maternal mental health prenatally, use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and infant outcomes.)
Hutcheon, Jennifer (Perinatal epidemiology ; Perinatal research methods; Fetal growth restriction; Severe maternal morbidity; Improving the reference charts used to assess fetal growth and maternal weight gain in pregnancy; Evaluating the impact of obstetrical health care policies on maternal and infant health; Developing clinical prediction models for the identification of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes)
Joseph, K.S. (Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal)
Leung, Peter C (Reproductive and molecular endocrinology )
Lisonkova, Sarka (preeclampsia)
Ma, Sai ( Gametes and early embryo development )
Mitchell-Foster, Sheona (reproductive health of marginalized populations and has worked extensively in East Africa on cervical cancer prevention using HPV self-collection for screening; perinatal substance use in Northern British Columbia with a focus on aboriginal and underserved populations.)
Mohamed, Mohamed (IVF, MIS, robotic surgery, fertility preservation in cancer patients, and endometriosis)
Money, Deborah (Reproductive Infectious Diseases, Infectious in pregnancy, vaginal microbiome, HPV vaccine, HIV in women, HIV in pregnancy, Perinatal transmission of viral pathogens and infectious etiology of preterm labour)
Oberlander, Timothy (Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity)
Robinson, Wendy (Genetics, Development, Epigenetics, miRNA, Preterm Birth, Placenta, Mosaicism, Fetal Growth)
Roskelley, Calvin (Breast cancer, ovarian cancer )
Vogl, A Wayne (Nervous system connectivity and communication)
Yong, Paul (pelvic pain, with a particular interest in endometriosis, painful periods, sexual pain, co-existing bladder and bowel problems, and pain related to the musculoskeletal system; laparoscopic excision of complex endometriosis and prevention of adhesions in women with endometriosis and pelvic pain and infertility)