Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.
B. Ellis, M. Isman.
J. Kronstad, M. K. Upadhyaya.
S. Castellarin, E. Jovel, A. Riseman.
The Plant Science Graduate Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in fundamental and applied topics related to plant production, plant protection, biotechnology, plant physiology and biochemistry, and plant-environment interactions. Specific areas of specialization include:
The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in graduate programs such as Food Science, Soil Science, Botany, Zoology, and in agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Plant Science teaching and research facilities are located in the UBC Biotech Laboratory and in the H.R. MacMillan Building. Research facilities include: the UBC Botanical Garden, Field Laboratory (8.1 ha land and orchards on-campus), greenhouses, controlled environment growth chambers, and modern analytical laboratories.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.Sc. degree in plant science or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.
Appropriate coursework may be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.
Students admitted to the M.Sc. program normally possess a B.Sc. degree in plant science or a related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Completion of the M.Sc. program requires a thesis (12 or 18 credits) plus coursework, for a total of 30 credits. With a 12-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 6 credits of senior undergraduate courses. With an 18-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 3 credits of senior undergraduate courses and a maximum of 3 credits of directed study.
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Faculty of Land and Food Systems
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