The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.
UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies offers a wide range of options for course-based or research based master's and doctoral students. We offer students an intellectually challenging education through programs that are international in scope, interactive in process and interdisciplinary in content and approach. With more than 300 graduate degree programs in nearly every academic discipline, there's something for everyone.
UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies constantly challenges the status quo and pursues innovation in curricula and student support programs. For example, the Public Scholars Initiative supports doctoral pathways that encourage purposeful social contribution, innovative forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for students.
UBC attracts $580 million per year in research funding from government, non-profit organizations and industry through 8,800 projects. More than 1,300 research projects are conducted in collaboration with industry partners. With more than 2,000 academic faculty members as potential supervisors for graduate students, the research possibilities are endless.
UBC is a comprehensive university that offers graduate degrees in almost every academic discipline. Both research-based and professional program options are offered across all 11 academic faculties at the Vancouver campus—including business, engineering, forestry, social sciences and humanities, visual and performing arts, education, life and physical sciences, agricultural sciences, and much more. UBC has world-class research clusters in advanced materials, brain health, culture and diversity, digital technologies, sustainability and the environment, genomics, heath and lunch health, and HIV, just to name a few.
About 1,300 graduate students live in residence at UBC, either in year-round residences, student family residences or one of the two Graduate Colleges, St. John's College and Green College.
All incoming students are invited to attend Graduate Student Orientation (orientation.grad.ubc.ca) which will kickstart their social life at UBC and help them become familiar with available services and resources on campus. International students are invited to attend the International Welcome which usually occurs one day earlier than Orientation Day.
UBC offers dozens of professional development opportunities for graduate students that prepare them for careers within and outside of academia. The Research Commons, Writing Centre, the Graduate Pathways to Success program and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers all provide free workshops, panels and resources. As well, internship and co-op placements provide opportunities to apply knowledge in real-life environments
Research mobilization, innovation, and entrepreneurship are strategic initiatives at UBC, and are supported by programs such as e@UBC, and close to 200 spin-off companies have started at UBC.
Visit outcomes.grad.ubc.ca for a snapshot of the career paths taken by a cohort of UBC PhD students.
Jump, dive, run, or leap into Varsity sports at UBC and join a rich tradition of athletic dedication that has been core to UBC’s spirit since the university opened its doors. The UBC Thunderbirds and the Okanagan’s Heat Varsity programs offer a wide range of sports to participate in or attend at any of the seven Varsity facilities on the Vancouver campus or three on the Okanagan campus including the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness centre.
Whether on campus, in the City of Vancouver or the Province of British Columbia - there is a lot to explore in the vicinity of UBC. While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Activities within easy reach of campus including skiing, hiking, bouldering, wind surfing, stand-up paddleboard, beach volleyball, or just a refreshing walk through our parks and world-class gardens.
Student clubs at UBC have been growing strong since the first Glee club was started in 1915. There are now 370 clubs available to students, so there is a club for nearly everyone’s interests. Getting involved in clubs or recreation gives you a sense of community and offers a place for new friendships and connections you can take with you long after you’re done with final exams. Check out exciting events like Storm the Wall, discover intramural sports, a lunchtime workout at the Bird Coop or find a friend to go for a training run for the Great Trek 10K.
AMS Student Clubs: www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs
UBC Recreation: www.recreation.ubc.ca
Graduate Student Society: gss.ubc.ca
UBC provides an extensive Wifi network all across campus and provides students with access to essential software packages, such as Office 365.
The eclectic is celebrated at UBC. Exploring and broadening your horizons through the diverse cultural offerings on both campuses is an important part of a rewarding student life. Cultural expression shows up in different ways for everyone so try seeing a show, stepping into a gallery for a student art show or joining a friend for a walk through one of our world-famous gardens. Quiet or bombastic, sitting in audience or enjoying a solo experience, the choice is up to you to discover.
Explore arts and culture on campus: www.arts.ubc.ca/artsandculture
UBC provides numerous support services to students, ranging from academic student support to advising and counselling, conflict resolution, family support, and financial support services.
An Aboriginal student coordinator is available to provide guidance for Aboriginal students who wish to enrol as graduate students.
International students have access to International Student Advisors who can help with questions regarding study and work permits as well as many other questions students new to Canada may have.
UBC is affiliated with several research institutes, centres, organizations, and hospitals, many of which are located on the university's Vancouver Campus. The list includes dozens of organizations, including Vancouver General Hospital, BC Women's and Children's Hospital, Population Data BC, Brain Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency, Korean and Japanese Research Centres, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the Dairy Education and Research Centre, among many others.
UBC is the most international university in North America. 32% of graduate students are from outside of Canada. As a student you will be globally connected to this network with more than 300 universities and research institutions that have formal partnerships with UBC.