Master of Science in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (MSc)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Science
 

Overview

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability. Our mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, and to support decision making from local to global scales. More often than not, we achieve this through collaborations across students and faculty in a manner that recognizes our collective skills, intellectual histories and methodological approaches, and yet encourages our interdependencies as we consider real world problems.

The Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) graduate program provides a home for such interdisciplinary students, focusing on the integration of the biophysical (ecological), socio-economic, and political realities of resources within the context of a sustainable, healthy environment.

What makes the program unique?

Over fifty percent of our core faculty are Canada Research Chairs and faculty mentoring has led to a high success rate of our students winning major fellowships and scholarships. There are multi-year funding packages offered for top applicants to the RES program. RES has over 400 alumni since the graduate program started in 1994.

 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
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24
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24

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Highly recommended

Funding Sources

There is no guarantee of funding for Master’s students in RES program. That being said, many of our master’s students receive funding during their program and/or are successful in various scholarships/award competitions.

RES typically distributes one-time entrance awards to the majority of incoming students. The amount of these awards varies year to year, however over the last three years the awards have been in the range of $3000-$5000. This amount is in addition to any funding you may receive from a faculty grant, external scholarship or award.

Funding for Master’s students can come in the form of a Research Assistant (RA) position with a faculty member, a Teaching Assistant (TA) position as well as from various scholarships and awards.

However, as there is no guarantee of funding for your program, it is important to have a discussion with a potential supervisor about what funding might be available to you prior to accepting any offer of admission to the program.

Lastly, Canadians and Permanent Residents are eligible for government student loans and UBC bursaries.

Career Options

Our current students, alumni and faculty lead and serve on numerous international, national, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and regional bodies dedicated to protecting the environment and improving well-being.

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

Due to a change in the way data were recorded in 2016 only a limited data set is available. The program was previously known as Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MSc). Data for the previous program / time are shown below:
 20162015201420132012
Applications5320341726
Offers 51067
New registrations 5763
Total enrolment1016161613

Completion Rates & Times

Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MSc): This program has a graduation rate of 90% based on 21 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 16 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.66 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.

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.

  • Chan, Kai (ecosystem services; ecosystem-based management; biodiversity conservation; sustainability science; social-ecological systems; environmental assessment; environmental policy, Conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, policy and ethics)
  • Chang, Stephanie (Community vulnerability and resilience to natural disasters)
  • Dowlatabadi, Hadi (Energy technologies and policy Climate change mitigation, adaptation and policy Complex systems, Energy, Policy and Decision-making, Resource governance and management)
  • Harris, Leila (Water politics and governance, nature-society, developmental and environmental issues in the global south)
  • Johnson, Mark (Ecohydrology, Carbon cycle, Land use, Water and Sustainability, Biogeochemistry, Data Science)
  • Kandlikar, Milind (Climate Change, Air Pollution, Extended Producer Responsibility, Human Development, Agricultural Biotechnology, Information Technology in Developing Countries, Technology innovation, human development and global environment)
  • Oberg, Gunilla (Use of knowledge in environmental decision making, Chlorine biogeochemistry in soil)
  • Ramankutty, Navin (Global food security, Sustainable agriculture, Climate impacts, Land use change)
  • Satterfield, Theresa (Sustainable development, environmental health, First Nation & land management, social and cultural consequences of contamination)
  • Wittman, Hannah (food sovereignty)
  • Zhao, Jiaying (Poverty, sustainability, psychology, cognition, decision making, judgment, perception, attention, learning )
 

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September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
15 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018

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