The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies



The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies offers more than 300 graduate degree programs in nearly every academic discipline. With approx. 10,000 graduate students and 850 Postdoctoral Fellows UBC is a research powerhouse. Between 3,700 – 3,900 students pursue doctoral degrees and close to 2,000 Master’s students enrol in professionally oriented, course-based programs. UBC is the most international university in North America. 32% of graduate students are from outside of Canada. As a student you will be globally connected to this network with more than 300 universities and research institutions that have formal partnerships with UBC. UBC attracts $580 million per year in research funding from government, non-profit organizations and industry through 8,800 projects. More than 1,300 research projects are conducted in collaboration with industry partners. With more than 2,000 academic faculty members as potential supervisors for graduate students the possibilities are endless.

Areas of Expertise

UBC is a comprehensive university that offers graduate degrees in almost every academic discipline. Both research-based and professional program options are offered across all 11 academic faculties at the Vancouver campus - including business, engineering, forestry, social sciences and humanities, visual & performing arts, education, life & physical sciences, agricultural sciences, and much more. Particular strength of UBC are for example in advanced materials, brain health, culture & diversity, digital technologies, environment & sustainability, genomics, heart & lung, or HIV research to name a few.

On Campus Housing

About 1,300 graduate students live in residence at UBC, either in Year Round Residence, student family residence or one of the two Graduate Colleges.

Off Campus Housing

Incoming Students

All incoming students are invited to attend Graduate Student Orientation ( which will kickstart their social life at UBC and help them become familiar with available services and resources on campus.

Career Planning

Graduate students have access to dozens of professional development offerings that prepare them for careers within and outside of academia. The Research Commons, Writing Centre, the Graduate Pathways to Success program and the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers all provide free workshops, panels and resources to improve student’s competencies. Research mobilization, innovation and entrepreneurship are strategic initiatives at the university that are broadly supported by programs such as e (at) UBC. Internship and co-op placements provide opportunities to apply knowledge in real-life environments. Close to 200 spin-off companies have started at UBC.


Whether you’re interested in winning the next national championship or simply attending a drop-in hip-hop class, it’s easy to stay active at UBC. Join a recreational league, get involved in a seasonal event, or cheer on UBC athletes at a game. With 122 national championship titles under our belt, UBC is a powerful contender in university athletics.


Whether on campus, in the City of Vancouver or the Province of British Columbia - there is a lot to explore in the vicinity of UBC. From ski destinations such as Whistler to wind surfing and climbing hot spots such as Squamish, hiking trails in the interior, wildlife refuges in Delta, beach volleyball at Spanish Banks or water sports at Jericho Sailing Centre the possibilities are endless.


Both Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Graduate Student Society (GSS) offer clubs for like-minded students to pursue their interests.

Information Technology

UBC provides an extensive Wifi network all across campus and provides students with access to essential software packages, such as Office 365.


UBC's Arts and Cultural Precinct on campus offers the Museum of Anthropology, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Frederic Wood Theatre, School of Music, Audain Art Centre and Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

Special Services

UBC provides numerous support services to students, ranging from academic student support to advising and counselling, conflict resolution, family support and financial support services. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies makes an Aboriginal student coordinator available to provide guidance for Aboriginal students who wish to enrol as graduate students.

Affiliated Institutions

UBC is affiliated with several research institutes, centres, organizations, and hospitals, many of which are located on the university's Vancouver Campus. The list includes dozens of organizations and features names such as Vancouver General Hospital, BC Women's and Children's Hospital, Population Data BC, Brain Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency, Korean and Japanese Research Centres, Fisheries Centre, Dairy Education and Research Centre among many others.

International Involvement

UBC is the most international university in North America. 32% of graduate students are from outside of Canada. As a student you will be globally connected to this network with more than 300 universities and research institutions that have formal partnerships with UBC.

Modified on September 29, 2017