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Oceans and Fisheries

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.

Members

Professors

E. Pakhomov, D. Pauly, A. Vincent, R. Sumaila, V. Christensen, A. Trites, K. Chan, C. Menzies, C. Harley, T. Pitcher, C. Suttle.

Associate Professors

W. Cheung, M. McAllister, S. Donner.

Assistant Professors

M. Auger-Méthé, B. Hunt.

Professors Emeriti

D. Newell, C. Walters.

Program Overview

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) provides interdisciplinary graduate studies through the Oceans and Fisheries graduate program (OCF). The mission of IOF is to lead the way to healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater systems through excellent research, inspirational education, and innovative societal engagement. The graduate program trains marine and freshwater scientists to undertake basic and applied research that will help foster healthy marine and freshwater ecosystems and sustainable resource use. Students will deepen and broaden their interdisciplinary expertise by acquiring in-depth training in fisheries science, aquatic ecology, environmental physiology, natural resource economics, marine governance, and climate change. In doing so, students will develop the research capacity and knowledge translation skills necessary for rewarding careers in academia, industry, government, NGOs and consulting.

Students in OCF formulate and follow academic programs that are specific to their individual educational goals and that can draw on the expertise of faculty at UBC and other affiliated universities, and also the private and public sectors. To enable this, OCF offers either a 12 credit thesis or 18 credit thesis Master of Science degree, and a Ph.D. degree. Graduate student supervisors are chosen from the IOF, and other units and departments within the faculties of Science, Forestry, Arts, and Land and Food Systems.

Doctor of Philosophy

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies PhD degree admission requirements.

English language requirements for admission to the program are higher than the minimum specified by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please see English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements for more details.

Program Requirements

  • Candidates admitted to the Ph.D. program will be required to take FISH 500 (3).
  • Additional coursework is to be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee and is to be approved by the IOF graduate advisor.
  • Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination taken within 24 months of registering in the program.
  • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 10 days of supervised fieldwork.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in FISH 699 beginning in the second term of the 2nd year.

The expected time to completion is 4 years.

Master of Science

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master’s degree admission requirements.

English language requirements for admission to the program are higher than the minimum specified by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please see English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements for more details.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. in Oceans and Fisheries requires a minimum of 30 credits, including either a 12-credit or 18-credit thesis (FISH 549(12/18)).

Students completing a 12-credit thesis must complete:

  • FISH 500 (3)
  • FISH 520 (6)
  • 9 credits of electives consisting of three credits from three of the elective categories listed below

Students completing an 18-credit thesis must complete:

  • FISH 500 (3)
  • 9 credits of electives consisting of three credits from three of the elective categories listed below

Elective Categories

  1. Ocean and Fisheries Assessment and Scientific Methods: EOSC 478, FISH 504, FISH 505, FISH 509, FISH 510, EOSC 573, EOSC 578, EOSC 510.
  2. Ecological, Economic & Social Studies. FISH 501, FISH 502, FISH 506, FISH 508, EOSC 575, RES 510.
  3. Governance & Policy. FISH 503, FISH 507, RES 586, FISH 520 (if the student is in the 18 credit thesis stream (see below)).
  4. Aboriginal Ocean and Fisheries Management. FISH 506.
  5. Conservation Science. BIOL 416, RES 506.
  6. Science Communication. ANTH 478, FRST 544, FRST 545.

All students must complete a minimum of 10 days of supervised fieldwork.

No more than 3 credits at the senior undergraduate level (300- or 400-level) may count towards the 30 credits required to complete the M.Sc.

Students’ academic program must be approved by the supervisory committee and the IOF graduate advisor.

The expected time to completion is 2 years.

Contact Information

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
AERL 2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604-822-2731
Fax: 604-822-8934
Email: office@oceans.ubc.ca
Website: www.oceans.ubc.ca

Page last updated: May 7, 2018

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