Microbiology and Immunology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    8435
    Tuition (Year)
    4801
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Microbiology and Immunology program involves bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Students investigate the ecology, evolution and environments of these micro-organisms, including the diseases they cause and the human defenses that protect us. 

About

We are seeking solutions to the problem of antibiotic resistance; designing new, combination drug therapies; using bacteria in industrial processing and environmental remediation; designing cancer therapies and understanding auto-immune disease. Our projects span population biology, organism behaviour, cell interactions and molecular mechanisms, and our students graduate with extensive training in analytical thinking, creative innovation and effective communication. Degrees in our program accelerate students in a great variety of careers in industry, academia, not-for-profit organisations and the business world.

Microbiology has been an integral part of UBC since the university's inception in 1915. Our program is a strong and collaborative community of microbiologists, immunologists, biochemists and cell biologists, based at UBC and affiliated hospitals. We promote fundamental and translational research and we enjoy strong connections to clinical colleagues across Canada. Many of our students are located in the Life Sciences Institute, a world-class collection of scientists with facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy and imaging, together with the Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research, the Advanced Structural Biology for Re-emerging Infectious Diseases group, and the Genome Sciences Centre. We work closely with the Centres for Drug Research and Development and for High-Throughput Biology, emphasising commercialisation and entrepreneurship. We have 90 MSc and PhD students currently enrolled in our program and have an excellent track record in mentoring and training. We are proud of the many and diverse successes of our alumni.

Programme Structure

The Masters program is a research based program with 12 credits of course work, a required Teaching Assistantship, a published thesis and defence.

Learning outcomes:

Literature analysis; written and oral skills through seminars, conferences, publications, teaching; time and project management; forming and testing a hypothesis, research skills, data integration, prediction, interpretation; mastering techniques and technology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 590

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • CAD 8435 International
  • CAD 4801 National

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.