Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)

Overview

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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UBC Grad School Info Session

Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:00

Description

In this session we’ll provide a high-level overview of graduate study, graduate school at UBC, and the application process. This is not a program specific event. The session will cover:

  • Why graduate study? – advice on what to consider if you are considering graduate school.
  • Differences between undergraduate and graduate study.
  • Explanation of the different types of graduate programs at UBC.
  • What makes UBC a great place to study at the graduate level.
  • How to search UBC’s over 300 different graduate program options.
  • Overview of the graduate school application process.
  • Next steps on learning more and beginning a grad school application

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is for anyone who is thinking about studying at the graduate level. It’s for those who’d like to learn more about UBC and gain insight into what it’s like to study at UBC. This webinar is also helpful for anyone who wants to learn more about what is involved in a graduate school application.

UBC Grad School Info Session

Date: Thursday, 05 August 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:00

Description

In this session we’ll provide a high-level overview of graduate study, graduate school at UBC, and the application process. This is not a program specific event. The session will cover:

  • Why graduate study? – advice on what to consider if you are considering graduate school.
  • Differences between undergraduate and graduate study.
  • Explanation of the different types of graduate programs at UBC.
  • What makes UBC a great place to study at the graduate level.
  • How to search UBC’s over 300 different graduate program options.
  • Overview of the graduate school application process.
  • Next steps on learning more and beginning a grad school application

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is for anyone who is thinking about studying at the graduate level. It’s for those who’d like to learn more about UBC and gain insight into what it’s like to study at UBC. This webinar is also helpful for anyone who wants to learn more about what is involved in a graduate school application.

Admission Information & Requirements

Program Instructions

Applicants are not required to have a supervisor at the time of applying, but the application won't be reviewed until they secure a supervisor and all required paperwork is submitted.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement: 96

Reading

22

Writing

22

Speaking

22

Listening

22

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement: 7.0

Reading

7.0

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Listening

7.0

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree, course and other requirements

Prior Degree Requirements

For admission to the PhD program in Experimental Medicine, the student must hold a M.Sc. degree in life sciences, biology, zoology, biochemistry, or related disciplines.

2) Meet Deadlines

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 October 2021
Transcript Deadline: 31 October 2021
Referee Deadline: 31 October 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 August 2021
Transcript Deadline: 31 August 2021
Referee Deadline: 31 August 2021

May 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2022
Transcript Deadline: 31 January 2022
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2022
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 October 2021
Transcript Deadline: 31 October 2021
Referee Deadline: 31 October 2021

3) Prepare Application

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding supervisor contact for Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
All applicants need firm commitment from a supervisor prior to applying.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$108.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,732.53$3,043.77
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,197.59$9,131.31
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,052.34 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $17,126.20 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

Successful applicants who will start the Ph.D. program and who do not hold a major scholarship, will receive a minimum stipend of $22,000 per year from their supervisor.
 

Average Funding
Based on the criteria outlined below, 66 students within this program were included in this study because they received funding through UBC in the form of teaching, research/academic assistantships or internal or external awards averaging $27,768.
  • 6 students received Teaching Assistantships. Average TA funding based on 6 students was $6,746.
  • 40 students received Research/Academic Assistantships. Average RA/AA funding based on 40 students was $20,015.
  • 64 students received internal awards. Average internal award funding based on 64 students was $8,421.
  • 20 students received external awards. Average external award funding based on 20 students was $22,633.

Study Period: Sep 2019 to Aug 2020 - average funding for full-time PhD students enrolled in three terms per academic year in this program across years 1-4, the period covered by UBC's Minimum Funding Guarantee. Averages might mask variability in sources and amounts of funding received by individual students. Beyond year 4, funding packages become even more individualized.
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Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union.

Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. The duties usually constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is a form of financial support for a period of graduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the amount of a GRA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded. Some research projects also require targeted research assistance and thus hire graduate students on an hourly basis.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

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
Epidemico
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 outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
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.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20202019201820172016
Applications2530283614
Offers815142310
New registrations714101510
Total enrolment116124122123126

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 76.19% based on 42 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 38 graduations between 2016 - 2019 the minimum time to completion is 3.66 years and the maximum time is 7.67 years with an average of 5.39 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 April 2021]. 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: 29 October 2020].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 - 2:00pm

Colin Andrew Hammond
Age-Associated Differences in Human Hematopoietic Stem Cell Proliferation Control

Wednesday, 28 July 2021 - 9:00am

Farshad Babaeijandaghi
Dissecting the Role of Innate Immunity in Muscle Regeneration

Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 9:00am

Amr Elsayed Ammar
The Anticancer Activity of Leech Saliva Extract and the Role of Protease Activated Receptor 1 (PAR-1) in Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 12:30pm

Nastaran Khazamipour
Oncofetal Chondroitin Sulfate as a Target in Solid Tumors

Thursday, 5 August 2021 - 9:00am

Maj Sofie Oerum-Madsen
Regulation and Targeting of Chondroitin Sulfate in Pediatric Solid Tumors

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 - 9:00am

Shane James Timothy Balthazaar
Cardiac Consequences and Exercise Interventions Following Spinal Cord Injury in Humans

Monday, 16 August 2021 - 9:00am

William Rees
Aberrant Intestinal Epithelial Cell Signalling Drives Inflammatory Responses to Bacterial Flagellin in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Friday, 27 August 2021 - 9:00am

Jay Jae Hee Park
An Adaptive Platform Trial to Assess Effectiveness of Multi-Component Interventions for Linear Growth of Sub-Saharan African Children During Complementary Feeding Period

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 - 12:30pm

Michelle Chakraborti
The Development of Peer Social Networks Among Families of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Attending Physical Activity Programs

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.

  • Traboulsee, Tony (Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Imaging; magnetic resonance imaging; multiple sclerosis; neuromyelitls optica (NMO))
  • Tremlett, Helen (Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); multiple sclerosis; Neuroepidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; prodrome,; Drug safety and effectiveness; Pharmacogenomics; comorbidities; health administrative data; Gut microbiome)
  • Tsang, Teresa (Epidemiology and pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation; application of advanced echocardiographic techniques for prediction of pre-clinical cardiovascular disease)
  • Turvey, Stuart (Immunology; Microbiology; Asthma; Immune System; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Precision Medicine; Primary Immune Deficiencies)
  • Underhill, Michael (Musculoskeletal diseases, transcription factors, growth, cytokines, retinoid signalling pathway in chondrogenesis, osteogenesis, phenotype)
  • Vallance, Bruce (Enteric bacterial pathogens, innate immunity, instestinal inflammation, host defense, inflammatory bowel disease, immunity in health and disease)
  • Van Eeden, Stephanus (Mechanisms of lung inflammation, particularly, lung inflammation caused by infection, cigarette smoking and air pollution)
  • Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel (Brain stimulation Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Theta-bust stimulation (TBS) Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) Depression Psychosis Schizophrenia )
  • Walley, Keith (Organ failure during sepsis)
  • Wang, Yu Tian (Learning and memory, stroke )
  • Warburton, Darren (cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise rehabilitation, interactive video games, , Sport cardiology and clinical exercise rehabilitation, elite athletic performance, childhood health, treatments for patients with chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Wiseman, Sam Michael (Surgical oncology, endocrine surgeyr, general surgery, clinic/translational research, education/teaching)
  • Wyatt, Alexander (Medical, health and life sciences; Prostate Cancer; Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA); Bladder cancer; Precision oncology; Clinical trials; Bioinformatics; Cancer Genomics; Cell-Free DNA (cfDNA); Correlative science; Liquid biopsy)
  • Yeung, Sonia (Ocular surface stem cell transplantation for limbal stem cell disease; Alternate sources for ocular surface stem cell transplantation; Limbal stem cell imaging and niche studies; Long-term gene expression in ocular stem cells for therapeutics)
  • Zeng, Haishan (Family practice, dermatology)
  • Zhou, Youwen (Skin Cancer; Skin Disorders; Lymphoma; Gene Regulation and Expression; Genomics; Molecular Genetics; Transgenic Model; Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines; Biomarkers in cancer and inflammation; Genetics and genomics of skin diseases; Melanoma, vitiligo, hyperhidrosis, and skin lymphoma; Innovative therapeutic development)
  • Zoubeidi, Amina (Drug resistance in prostate cancer, androgen receptor activity, phenotypic plasticity, enzalutamide)

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Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation
2017 Dr. Fazeli showed that children with Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction (BBD) have significantly weaker overall Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) activity compared to healthy children. He also proposed a new method for eliminating symptoms of BBD. This research illuminates the important role of the ANS when investigating the cause and management of children with BBD.
2017 Dr. Laver studied stem cell treatments for retinal degenerative diseases. He developed a cell-based therapeutic approach for regenerating co-dependent layers of the retina. His work will have significant impact on treatment for patients that suffer from advanced retinal degeneration.
2017 Dr. Dickman examined the serum of individuals with oral cancer to detect molecules that could be used in an early diagnosis test. He also found that similar molecules are secreted from cancer cells to alter the tissue around them to promote tumor growth. His work will have significant impact on oral cancer diagnosis and treatment.
2017 Dr. Mosavianpour demonstrated that social and experiential collaborative learning enhanced the quality of individual patient care and led to quality improvement in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This work highlights the importance of continuous collaborative, sociocultural learning supported by scaffolding in our health care system.
2017 Dr. Guan studied the effect of the autonomic nervous system and individual stress profile in predicting ischemic stroke after an initial transient ischemic attack. She developed a novel predictive tool for use in emergency and other clinical settings to help physicians identify the high-risk patients and provide personalized medical care for them.
2017 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.
2017 Dr. Gabel used advanced medical imaging tools to study how bone strength is gained across 12 years of adolescent growth and the influence of maturity, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in boys and girls. Her unique contributions confirmed adolescence as a critical 'window' for bone health and underscored the importance of physical activity.
2017 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.
2017 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.
2017 Using laboratory models, Dr. Toren investigated novel combination treatment strategies against prostate cancer that is resistant to the best current treatments available. His work identified two promising strategies, which subsequently progressed to clinical studies in patients with treatment-resistant prostate cancer.

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Sample Thesis Submissions

Further Information

Specialization

Experimental Medicine offers research opportunities in the following specialties: cardiology, cancer biology, dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, molecular medicine, nephrology, neurology, and respiratory medicine. All these fields can involve patients and/or experimental animal models.

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January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 October 2021
International Applicant Deadline
15 August 2021

May 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 May 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2022
International Applicant Deadline
15 October 2021
 
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