Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD)

Overview

A collaboration between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and Faculty of Forestry, the inter-faculty Soil Science Graduate Program offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to MSc and PhD degrees. Students are registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies through either the Faculty of Land and Food Systems or Faculty of Forestry, depending upon their research interests.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Soil Science
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

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Research Information

Research Focus

Areas of study include biometeorology, forest nutrition and nutrient cycling, mycorrhizal ecology, soil biology, soil quality and fertility, soil-plant interactions, ecosystem services, land and water systems.

Research Facilities

The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in other graduate programs such as Forestry, Geography, Plant Science, Institute for Resources and Environment, Landscape Architecture, and in agencies such as Environment Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Forest Innovation Investment, and various provincial government agencies.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

Career Options

Graduates of the soil science degree program often obtain positions with government or the private sector. Some graduates decide to continue in the area of research and academia with various universities and colleges. Examples of where some graduates are employed:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • BC Ministry of Forests
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • Consultant
  • Associate Professor, University of Guelph
  • Associate Professor, Yale University
  • Associate Professor, University of Northern BC
  • Environment Canada
  • Assistant Professor, University of Bengukulu, Indonesia
  • Assistant Professor, University of Venda for Science and Technology, South Africa

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
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

 20172016201520142013
Applications41814
Offers11411
New registrations11411
Total enrolment1111954
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Monday, 20 August 2018 - 12:30pm - Room 207, Anthropology and Sociology Building, 6303 NW Marine Drive, V6T 1Z1

Clara Eugenia Roa Garcia
Soil Properties and Land Use Affecting Soil Water Dynamics in Andisols and Inceptisols at Two Mid-Elevation Sites in the Colombian Andes

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.

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Gesa Meyer
    "How does forest management affect the carbon and water balances of mountain pine beetle-attacked lodgepole pine stands in BC? Using measurements and modifying a model, Dr. Meyer found that not harvesting stands resulted in a positive carbon balance with relatively quick recovery and plateauing productivity during the second decade following attack." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Sean Patrick Kearney
    "Dr. Kearney used field trials and remote sensing to evaluate environmental impacts of agriculture in El Salvador. He demonstrated that agroforestry provides multiple benefits at the field scale and stores large amounts of carbon across landscapes. He hopes his work will contribute to programs that reward farmers for their stewardship of the land." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Mathew Brown
    "Dr. Brown studied the influence of the mountain pine beetle on the carbon, water, and energy balances of lodgepole pine stands. He showed these stands are recovering relatively quickly due to increased photosynthetic capacity of surviving trees and understory vegetation." (May 2011)
  • Dr. Richa Anand
    "Dr. Anand showed that beneficial soil bacteria can enter, multiply and function inside the tissues of coniferous trees, promote their growth and provide fixed Nitrogen to these trees. She suggests the use of these bacteria as an environment friendly, sustainable growth promoting treatment for the propagation of coniferous trees." (May 2011)
  • Dr. Prabha Padmavathiamma
    "Dr. Padmavathiamma developed a cost effective and environmentally friendly technology to limit the dispersal of metal contaminants from highway traffic in the soil to the surrounding natural environment. The best management practices (BMP) developed from the study have direct applicability to the environment of BC as a risk management activity, reducing long-term associated risks." (May 2010)
 

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May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 July 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 September 2018
International Applicant Deadline
01 September 2018

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