University of British Columbia

Life Science Institute



Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

170-6371 Crescent Road

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2






Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D., M.A.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.A. is based upon a combination of coursework, research, and a thesis. Most students earn their degree within two years of starting the program; it is possible for a well-organized person to complete degree requirements during the first 12 to 18 months of study. Compared to the Ph.D., the M.A. is a structured course of study. Students must successfully complete 30 credits. The Ph.D. degree proceeds in two stages. A student first gains full standing as a doctoral student within the program by completing: (a) a 12-month residency; (b) a minimum of 18 credits of coursework; (c) an acceptable research proposal; and (d) satisfactory performance in a comprehensive examination. The coursework will normally include ANTH 506 (3 credits). Candidates then undertake a substantive independent research project normally based in large part on field research which forms the basis of their dissertation. All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements. Students are expected to complete their degree program within a maximum of six years.


Public Canadian University

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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