Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy
Life Sciences
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Experimental Medicine
Program Components
Faculty of Medicine


Experimental Medicine is the study of the pathogenesis and treatment of disease. Modern experimental medicine represents a rapidly growing body of knowledge involving the determination of diseases processes and the development of appropriate therapies.

The Experimental Medicine Program is intended for individuals seeking a career in research. The Department of Medicine offers opportunities and facilities for advanced studies in Experimental medicine, leading toward the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Members of the Department direct research programs in a wide range of basic and clinically relevant areas. There are a variety of special interest areas of national and international stature. Specialties within the Experimental Medicine Program include: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Medical Immunology, Medical Oncology, Molecular Biology, Nephrology, Neurology and Respiratory Medicine.

The principal emphasis of this graduate program is training in research. Success at this level is traditionally measured by the preparation and defense of a thesis. Course work is required of all students, based on the background of the candidate and the degree program. The work of each Ph.D. candidate will be supervised by a candidate’s Committee consisting of not fewer than three members. These may include faculty members from a department other than that in which the candidate is writing the thesis. 



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Career Outcomes

124 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 16 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 107 graduates:

RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (30)
Stanford University (4)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2)
University of Toronto (2)
Universite de Montreal (2)
University of Alberta
Emory University
McGill University
University of Cambridge
China Medical University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
AstraZeneca (3)
Takeda Canada Inc. (2)
Vancouver Coastal Health (2)
STEMCELL Technologies (2)
Pfizer (2)
Provincial Health Services Authority (2)
Omniox Inc.
Vancouver General Hospital
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Medical Science Liaison (4)
Postdoctoral Fellow (4)
Research Associate (3)
Senior Scientist (3)
Research Scientist (3)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2)
Epidemiologist (2)
Associate Research Scientist
Director of Business Development
Technology Specialist
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Poh Tan

Job Title
Founder and CEO
Innoguidance Consulting

Marc Sze

Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan

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)$899.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,453.00 (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

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Applications 16 24 29 28 26
Offers 14 14 27 22 16
New registrations 12 12 24 17 11
Total enrolment 138 152 141 131 132

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 78% based on 36 students admitted between 2003 - 2006. Based on 25 graduations between 2012 - 2015 the minimum time to completion is 2.99 years and the maximum time is 7.50 years with an average of 5.00 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: 8 April 2016]. 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].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Friday, 2 June 2017 - 8:00am - Room 3402 A/B, Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall

Kyla Anne McKay
Using Linked Health Data to Explore the Epidemiology and Impact of Mental Health and Health Behaviours in Multiple Sclerosis

Monday, 19 June 2017 - 12:30pm - Room K0-156, Ambulatory Care Building, BC Children's,4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

Mario Fidanza
The Influence of the Immune System on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Progression

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.

  • Aparicio, Samuel (Breast cancer, genome sequencing )
  • Ashe, Maureen (Hip fracture, rehabilitation and mobility limitation)
  • Av-Gay, Yossef (Tuberculosis)
  • Ayas, Najib (Public health and afety consequences of sleep apnea and sleep deprivation)
  • Brauer, Michael (air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology)
  • Brussoni, Mariana (injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking )
  • Bryan, Stirling (Economics of health care, policy, from UK)
  • Buttyan, Ralph (Kidneys, Urinary System, Benign Bladder Dysfunctions)
  • Carleton, Bruce (Pharmacogenomics, Adverse drug reactions (ADRs), Drug safety and effectiveness, Clinical pharmacology, Pharmacovigilance)
  • Carlsten, Christopher (Health Care, Air Pollution, Gene-Environment Interactions, Public Health, Environmental Health, Respirology, and Knowledge Translation., Air pollution health effects, Controlled inhalation models, Effects of complex inhaled exposures)
  • Cashman, Neil (prion disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, protein misfolding diseases, Alzheimer's)
  • Cherkasov, Artem (Drug design; Bioinformatics, Molecular modeling; Proteomics; Artificial intelligence; Antibiotics )
  • Cibere, Jolanda (Arthritis & Joint Health, early detection, risk factors, biomarker determination, disease-modifying drugs, arthroplasty)
  • Conway, Edward (Translational research, blood, hemostasis-thrombosis, transfusion, coagulation, hematology, transgenic mice, vascular biology, endothelial, immunity, bleeding, thrombosis, arthritis, Coagulation, innate immunity, endothelial medicine, inflammation, cardiovascular disease)
  • Cox, Michael (genetic testing, experiences of hereditary risk, social and ethical implications of genetics, interpersonal and family communication, qualitative research, narrative and story, Prostate cancer)
  • Coxson, Harvey (computed tomography, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, lungs, Pulmonary disease)
  • Devlin, Angela (obesity, children, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, developmental programming)


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Jen-erh Jaw
    "Dr. Jaw developed a new model of atherosclerotic plaque destabilization related to lung inflammation. He found a white blood cell enzyme is contributing to this processes. His discovery led to new insights about the molecular pathways of heart attack and stroke and may facilitate future therapy for these diseases." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Eric James Pesarchuk
    "Dr. Pesarchuk characterized a novel role for the protein MCL-1 in regulating chromatin architecture and promoting DNA repair. This work adds to the understanding of MCL-1's multifunctionality and presents a new way to target this protein in the treatment of the numerous types of cancer known to depend on it." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Brian Reikie
    "Infants who are born to HIV positive women but remain HIV uninfected, are among the world's most vulnerable to infectious disease. Dr. Reikie discovered a number of transient anomalies of these infants' immune system. His findings have been used to help uncover causes of increased suffering from disease in this already vulnerable population." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Melissa Richard-Greenblatt
    "Dr. Greenblatt dedicated her studies to understanding how the bacterium that causes tuberculosis evades our immune system. She discovered a novel mechanism that allows the bacterium to survive in the body in a dormant, drug-resistant state. These findings have generated a new area of research in latent tuberculosis." (November 2016)
  • Dr. AMA Emran Bashar
    "Dr. Bashar developed stem cell based therapy targeting inherited disorders that affect vision. His approaches prevented progressive damage to neurons and improved vision in model organisms. Most importantly, the techniques he developed for these treatments are highly transferable to other disease systems." (November 2016)

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July 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
09 June 2016
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
15 March 2017
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2017

September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2016
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
15 May 2017
International Applicant Deadline
04 May 2017

January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
06 March 2017
Canadian/US Applicant Deadline
15 October 2017
International Applicant Deadline
15 July 2017

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