MSC – Guide through our program


End of first year:
12 credits of course work completed; supervisory committee established and has met once

Maximum time allowed for completing a master’s degree:
five years (can be extended with approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies)

Guide through the program:

While enrolled in the MSc program, students have to keep registered in MEDI549 (MSc Thesis course). If a student transfers from the MSc to the PhD program, they will have to register in MEDI549 only for the last term in the MSc program and then for MEDI649 (PhD Thesis course) for their first term in the PhD program.

MSc students are required to take 12 credits of course work further to the 18 credits of MSc Thesis course, which would include the two mandatory courses MEDI 501 (3 credits) and MEDI 502 (3 credits) plus 6 credits of additional courses. At least 3 credits of these additional courses must be taken at the 500+ level. Students are permitted to take a maximum of 3 credits at the undergraduate-level in courses numbered 300 to 499. In some cases students entering the program with a master’s degree or transferring from another program may be excused from the coursework requirement if such an exemption is approved by the Program Director and the Research Supervisor. A statistics course (e.g., BIOL 300) is recommended for all students whose previous background in this area is not adequate.

Satisfactory Progress
A minimum of 68% (B-) must be achieved in all coursework taken for credit. Where a grade of less than 68% (B-) is obtained in a course, and on the recommendation of Experimental Medicine Program and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the student may repeat the course for higher standing or take an alternate course. If the  program advisor does not make such a recommendation, or if the recommendation is not approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the student will be required to withdraw.

Supervisory Committee Meetings
Students are obliged to submit their supervisory committee meeting reports (SupervisoryCtteReport) or minutes after each supervisory committee meeting. The policy of the Faculty of Graduate Studies advises students to have a supervisory committee meeting annually.

Student/Director Meetings
All students who are in their first year will receive an email in June to schedule a meeting with the Program Director. Due to the size of the program, the Program Director cannot meet with each student annually to enquire about their progress in our program. Therefore we send out an Online Annual Report each June that students must return to our office together with Student/Supervisor Evaluation Forms.  Students are obliged to provide the Experimental Medicine Program with this information according to the policies and regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (laid out in their Handbook under the Chapter “Graduate Student Responsibilities”).

Research Expo
Each November the Research Office in Faculty of Medicine and Experimental Medicine Program holds a Research Expo. This half-day event brings together hundreds of faculty members and graduate students to highlight leading-edge discoveries, bridge interdisciplinary research, and inspire collaborative innovations. ExMed students are highly encouraged to submit their abstracts to make a poster or oral presentation. Exceptions are those students who defended their thesis by the date of the Student Research Day. Also, students who have presented in the previous Research Expo are not expected to present.

Choosing a Research Topic
Choosing a research topic and methodology should ultimately be a joint decision among you, your supervisor and your supervisory committee. Initially, however, the determination of a research topic is up to you and your supervisor. Be sure to discuss the research topic early in your student/supervisor relationship.


The Faculty of Graduate Studies has worked out a handbook for Graduate Students.

Individual Faculty Requirements for Supervision:
The Experimental Medicine Program requires students to find a Research Supervisor before the “recommendation for admission” can be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. We recommend finding a potential Research Supervisor prior to filling out the online application.

The Supervisory Committee:
The Experimental Medicine Program does not require doctoral students to take courses if they have completed a M.Sc. degree in a related discipline. However, the student’s Research Supervisor or the Supervisory Committee may recommend that the student take additional courses. Also the Faculty of Graduate Studies can require doctoral students to take courses as a condition for admission.


Please see all dates and deadlines for the UBC Academic Year.
Please see all deadlines set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.