UBC and SFU have partnered in the administration, delivery and funding of bioinformatics training at the MSc and PhD level. The partnership extends to admissions procedures, the core curriculum, and the awarding of scholarships from our jointly-held NSERC CREATE grant.
However, each university has its own degree-granting programs with different requirements. Students will choose UBC or SFU largely on the basis their identified faculty sponsor.
The rest of this page focuses on the common features of the programs.
Most students will complete their coursework during their first year. There are two mandatory core courses, delivered jointly by SFU and UBC faculty:
MBB 659/BIOF 501A: SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOINFORMATICS
This discussion-based bioinformatics course will expose students to the latest developments in Bioinformatics analysis and algorithms. It will run in conjunction with the VanBUG Seminar Series, in which the students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with guest speakers, both local and international scientists.
MBB 505/BIOF 520: PROBLEM BASED LEARNING IN BIOINFORMATICS
The problem-based learning course will develop students’ ability to exchange ideas in small groups focused on real but simplified problems in bioinformatics. Problems will be carefully selected to cover all aspects of bioinformatics research. The core curriculum requires that a student have a strong background in bioinformatics. In addition, it is highly recommended that the student has taken MBB 659/BIOF 501A.
Each department and university has their own requirements for their graduate students. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the requirements for their particular program.
Note: Students are allowed to take courses at either university, through a Western Dean’s Agreement form. Please ask program coordinator for more information.
Mandatory Professional Development Courses:
Students must take two professional development workshops before they graduate. These workshops address topics such as interviewing skills, presentation skills, TA workshops, etc.
At SFU, please visit https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/professional-development.html for a list of offerings.
MSc and PhD students who are awarded scholarships through the NSERC CREATE grant will do a 3-month internship during the summer of their first year. The purpose of the internship is to provide broader exposure to work environments relevant to their training. Students apply for internships after they are accepted. Please see the Internships page for more information.