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

Kevin Johns

Job Title
Medical Science Liaison
AstraZeneca Canada

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)$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

New registrations1012122417
Total enrolment126138152141131

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: 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].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 9:00am - Room 202, Anthropology and Sociology Building ,6303 North West Marine Drive

Mir Kaber Mosavian Pour
Learning and Quality Improvement: Nursing in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 9:00am - Room 203

Ling Guan
Autonomic Nervous System Parameters to Predict the Occurence of Ischemic Events After Transient Ischemic Attack or Minor Stroke

Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 9:00am - Room 203

Mir Sohail Fazeli
Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Children: An Investigation of Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System Activity and Related Therapies

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.

  • Afshar, Kourosh (Genital reconstruction and pediatric renal transplant)
  • 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)


Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Courteney Kwok-Wynne Lai
    "Dr. Lai investigated an acute myeloid leukemia model to identify and characterise key regulators of leukemia. She determined regions of an oncogene responsible for leukemic initiation, growth and drug resistance, and identified a new gene critical to these properties. Her work provides new insight into leukemia and potential treatment targets." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Anna Maria Chudyk
    "Dr. Chudyk studied the association between the built environment, health and mobility of older adults living on low income. Her work identifies features of the environment that support walking. These findings contribute to our understanding of how to design cities that support the health and independence of a vulnerable subgroup of older adults." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Helen Chen
    "Dr. Chen's work focused on understanding the role of a protein called HMMR in cancer cell division. She demonstrated that HMMR integrates structural and biochemical pathways to ensure the fidelity of cell division. These findings contribute to a better understanding of cancer cell biology and may assist the design of next-generation anti-tumor drugs." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Ting Ting Alice Lau
    "Dr. Lau engineered an immunogenic tuberculosis vaccine strain that is highly visible to the host immune system. Her work presents a novel approach to tuberculosis vaccine design and paves the way for eradication of the disease." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Anik Patel
    "Dr. Patel examined the health and economic benefits of improving drug adherence using text-message based interventions. He found they could efficiently improve patient health in Canada, Kenya and India. His work builds an understanding of how text-message based interventions can add value to infectious disease control worldwide." (May 2017)

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September 2017 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2016
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 August 2017
International Applicant Deadline
04 May 2017

January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
06 March 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 October 2017
International Applicant Deadline
10 August 2017

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