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Genome Science and Technology (MSc)

Course Description

General Information

The Genome Science and Technology graduate program is a trans-disciplinary program that combines genomic research with leading-edge technology development in genome sciences for students pursing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. This program is intended to accommodate the diverse background of students and the broad nature of genomic research in human, animal, plant, microbes, and viruses.

Program Objectives

- Generate a culture of innovation and discovery by exposing trainees at all levels to important and timely scientific problems being addressed using emerging technologies.
- Enable researchers to effectively work at the nexus of biology, engineering, and physical sciences by providing a unified training program including joint seminars, cross-disciplinary rotations, and hands-on training in new technology and methodology.
- Provide enriching professional development programs to assist the transition of trainees into both the academic and industrial workforces.
- Foster close interactions, collaborations, and intellectual exchange with other laboratories nationally and internationally.

Our goal is to be among the top 10 graduate programs in genome sciences & technology in North America.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Genome Science and Technology
- Subject: Life Sciences
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Science

Visit the Genome Science and Technology (MSc) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kevin Mehr

Research Description
Over the past five years, metagenomics, or the study of environmental DNA (bacteria, achaea, viruses) has provided an enormous amount of genomic information about previously unstudied organisms. This has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to unique enzymes of importance to desired biotechnological applications. While the technologies for acquiring this genomic information have continued to improve quickly, the technology for screening of these metagenomic libraries for enzymes and proteins of interest has lagged behind. My research is focused on the development of ultra-high-throughput screening technologies for isolating and identifying unique sugar-altering enzymes from environmental organisms.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I did a research project in my final year of undergraduate school and loved it so much that I decided to keep going. Also, I've always wanted to go as far as I can academically before settling into a career.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I love living in BC. I was born here and I have grown up here, so I'll stay as long as they let me.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make it a mission to appreciate something great about Vancouver every weekend. There's so much to do here, so make the best of it before you have to leave.


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

Course Fees

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

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