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Surgery (MSc)

Course Description

The Department of Surgery has offered a Master of Science Degree Program since 1969. Applicants with an MD degree or equivalent are accepted once they have been deemed to be satisfactory by the MSc Program Director and fulfill the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A supervisory committee is chosen to represent the area of special interest by the candidate. The MSc program consists of a 18 credit thesis and additional course work at the 500 level to give a total of 30 credits.

CIHR Training Program in Transplantation

The UBC Department of Surgery CIHR Transplantation Training Program brings together a multi-disciplinary group of mentors to teach all aspects of transplantation to trainees from diverse backgrounds in a way that did not depend upon their prior knowledge.

Outstanding graduate students and candidates for post-doctoral fellowship positions (MD, PhD or equivalent) are invited to apply for the CIHR Transplantation Scholarship Training Program located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Transplantation Training Program is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and its teaching hospitals, as well as the British Columbia Transplant Society. Research projects available through this innovative, integrated program encompass all aspects of transplantation including, but not limited to, the following: basic and applied research into the immune system, stem cell biology, tissue transplantation, organ preservation, organ donation and ethical issues related to transplantation, outcomes research and clinical epidemiology related to transplantation.

Research will be performed in a highly collaborative environment with nationally and internationally recognized scientists. Trainees will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and unique resources. This program will foster the training of trans-disciplinary scientists and clinician-scientists who will bring novel insights into issues related to transplantation sciences. Applicants interested in Biomedical Ethics or Clinical Epidemiology are especially encouraged to apply. Supervisors must be a member of this Program.

The UBC Clinical Investigator Program

The UBC Clinical Investigator Program is designed to provide a combined research and clinical training stream for residents in Clinical Specialty Programs at UBC. The aim is to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists and to renew the clinical academic faculty at UBC and other Canadian Medical Schools.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Surgery
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

Program Requirements

A student's program will be determined by the program director in consultation with the student's supervisor. A supervisory committee will be chosen to represent the area of specialization elected by the candidate. The M.Sc. program consists of an 18-credit thesis (SURG 549), plus 12 credits of coursework, for a total of 30 credits. 12 credits of coursework must be at the 500-level, of which 8 credits should be from Department of Surgery courses numbered 502 to 548. The student, with the advice of the committee, may select other approved courses in related fields. Further information may be obtained from the M.Sc. program director in the Department of Surgery.

Visit the Surgery (MSc) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC. Prerequisites for application are an M.D., M.B., D.M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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