UBC MD/PhD students are required to fulfill the PhD portion of the degree in a department which is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and listed in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC.  The research supervisor must be a full member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral  Studies, and is usually from a Department, Interdisciplinary Program or Institute within the Faculty of Medicine. The research supervisor must hold a current CIHR research operating grant or from an equivalent peer-reviewed, federal or provincial granting agency. Students who have chosen a research supervisor outside the Faculty of Medicine are required to have a co-supervisor within the Faculty.

Information on “tips for finding a research supervisor in the Faculty of Medicine” is available on the Faculty of Medicine webpage. Students can also visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage for information on “finding a supervisor“, “who can be a supervisor” and “identify research experts“. Students interested in doing research at the distributed sites are welcome to visit the site webpages for information (UBCO, UVic, UNBC) .

The following Departments and Schools conduct graduate level research and are suitable hosting departments to the MD/PhD students for their PhD thesis research. This list is not comprehensive, please email the Program office at if you have questions.

Departments & Schools within the Faculty of Medicine

Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dermatology and Skin Science
Medical Genetics
Medicine (Experimental Medicine)
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
School of Biomedical Engineering
School of Population and Public Health

Graduate Programs

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – UBC Okanagan
Cell and Developmental Biology
Genome Science and Technology
Health Exercise Sciences & Kinesiology – UBC Okaganan
Interdisciplinary Oncology
Medical Physics – UBC Okanagan
Microbiology and Immunology
Rehabilitation Sciences
Reproductive and Developmental Sciences

CIHR Strategic Training Programs at UBC

CIHR Transplantation Training Program

The above listed Departments and Programs are affiliated with a variety of world-class Institutes and Centres, providing the student with an outstanding training environment. Some of the Centres and Institutes ideal for training clinician-scientists at UBC are listed below.

Centres, Institutes

BC Centre for Disease Control
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Biomedical Research Centre
Centre for Brain Health
Centre for Blood Research
Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management – UBC Okanagan
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Immunity and Infection Research Centre
International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
Michael Smith Laboratories
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer
Vancouver Prostate Centre

Students may contact the graduate degree programs by writing directly to the Department, School, Research Centre or Institute in which the program is offered, or by writing to:

UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
180 – 6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2