The University of British Columbia


The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses. The largest campus is 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, a spectacular location that is a ‘must-see’ for any visitor to the city — where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The campus is home to more than 37,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students.

Admission Overview

Most students will apply only after identifying a faculty sponsor at UBC, in whose lab they will conduct their thesis research. At UBC, students enter the Bioinformatics Graduate Program. It is advised that prospective students seek out a potential faculty member prior to their application.

A detailed description of application procedures and deadlines is here. For more information on the admissions process please see the FAQ.

Funding opportunities (UBC)

UBC awards

MSc and PhD students are encouraged to apply to external scholarship competitions from national agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council as well as provincial funding through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Please refer to the individual granting agency websites for competition details and deadlines.