Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that comprises multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills? UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that while award-winning professors help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines, from human pathology, immunology, and biochemistry, to genetics, statistics, and medical microbiology.

 

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which provides you with clinical experiences in laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a career that fulfills you.

 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, radiation, cardiology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

 

What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

If you want to see the type of student that is a great fit for Medical Laboratory Science, read what alumna Lily Takeuchi has to say about her experience. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage during her studies, and where her degree can take her.

 

I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna 

 

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To earn this two-year undergraduate degree, you must complete a two-year general program of specific science prerequisites – which could be taken in first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science – or a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma program and specific chemistry prerequisites.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Applying for a Major Entrance Scholarship

Applying for a Major Entrance Scholarship

Major Entrance Scholarship

UBC is looking for the most accomplished and promising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to join our community. If you have begun — but not completed — your UBC application, please do so by December 1, 2017. If you apply by this date, you will be eligible for UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarship (MES), including a one-time award of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $60,000 payable over four years.

All high school and CEGEP applicants will be evaluated for the Major Entrance Scholarship based on their Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of the online application. Learn more about UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarship.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

Each year, International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are offered to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

No separate application is required — admission records and Personal Profiles are reviewed after admission to UBC to determine IMES eligibility and competitiveness. Apply for admission by January 15, 2018 to be considered for the IMES. Learn more about International Major Entrance Scholarships.

Meet a Major Entrance Scholarship recipient

Hear from MES-recipient Logan Graham about the qualities common to MES winners, and how the MES helped him fulfill his academic dreams.

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English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

Undergraduate students

If you have a strong record of academic achievement but do not yet meet UBC’s English-language requirement, you may be eligible for the Conditional Admission Program (CAP), which offers English-language preparation leading to undergraduate degree programs.

If you are admitted into CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen undergraduate program on the condition that you successfully complete the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute Intensive English Program (IEP), which provides full-time English-language training in either:

  • 8-week accelerated sessions scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • 16-week sessions scheduled to start in January, May, or September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the IEP, you can transition into your degree program.

Graduate students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies may extend conditional offers of admission to highly qualified graduate applicants who do not quite meet the minimum UBC English-language proficiency requirement.

A conditional admission allows you to obtain study permits (if necessary) and begin your English-language studies in the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute (ELI). Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the ELI, you will proceed directly into your graduate degree program.

International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

If you are an international student, please join us for US Thanksgiving at UBC’s Vancouver campus to get a glimpse of what you can look forward to as an undergraduate student.

During this day of activities, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will tell you about what the university has to offer and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Event highlights

  • Campus tour led by current UBC undergraduate students.
  • Lunch with UBC students, staff, and advisors who can answer questions about student life and the programs you are interested in.
  • A student panel with current undergraduate students who can provide you with the “real life” student perspective of UBC.

Date and registration

The events will take place November 24 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Registering is easy: log in to your account, and then click on Sign up for Events.

Optional add-on events

If you’ll be staying in Vancouver for the weekend, there are a number of events taking place on Saturday, November 25, so that you can learn more about UBC’s programs:

UBC Sauder School of Business Fall Preview

Land and Food Systems Fall Preview Day

Interested in visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. To register, log in to your account,  and then click on Register for a Campus Tour.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Planning your finances

Planning your finances

If you don’t have a financial plan for your first year of university, now is a good time to think about money management. There are a lot of things to factor in, and you might be surprised to see how quickly it all adds up.

Your costs as a university student

As a university student, you’ll be responsible for paying tuition and student fees. If you’re applying for on-campus housing, you’ll need to include housing fees in your budget. You’re probably going to want to eat, so factor in your meal plan. If you’re going to be living off campus, you’ll need to consider your weekly groceries and rent (and remember that it needs to be paid on time). And let’s not forget all of the miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, entertainment, and your various monthly bills.

It can seem overwhelming, but UBC’s cost calculator can help you get a handle on what your money situation will look like.

Let us help you

If things still don’t make sense, contact your ESP, who will be more than happy to sit down and help you create a realistic budget for the year.

How to change the degree you applied to

How to change the degree you applied to

Did you have a change of heart? If you applied to one degree, but decided that you’d like to pursue a different one, here’s what you need to do.

How to change the degree you applied to:

  1. Check the admissions requirements for your new degree choice and make sure you meet the admissions criteria.
  2. Be certain of the order of your choices – think of them as two separate applications ranked in order of preference. This year, UBC will evaluate high school applications to your first-choice degree and second-choice degree at the same time if your degree choices are for two different campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan). If your choices are for degrees on one campus only, we will evaluate your first choice first, and if we offer you admission to your first choice, we will stop there. We will only evaluate your second-choice degree application if you were unsuccessful with your application to your first choice.
  3. Be absolutely certain that you want to change your degree. If you are a Canadian citizen/permanent resident and you applied by December 1, 2017, your first-choice application will be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship. Your new first-choice application will not be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship if you make a change after December 1.
  4. After you’ve thought through the above, you can submit the changes of your first-choice and second-choice applications to admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca by January 15, 2018. Be sure to include your full name and UBC reference number. We will update your UBC application accordingly. Your application changes will not be updated if your request is made after January 15, 2018.

Please note:

  • Some degrees (for example, Nursing on UBC’s Okanagan campus) can only be considered first-choice degrees.
  • We will notify you if we cannot accommodate a change to your application.

And remember, you use the same UBC application to apply for degrees on both UBC campuses. Your first choice and second choice can be on the same campus or on two different campuses. January 15, 2018 is the deadline for submitting your application and the deadline for changing the program you’re applying to.

Preparing for the Personal Profile

Preparing for the Personal Profile

Many of you have started working on your online application to UBC – fantastic! It’s good to start early so that you have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section of the application.

The Personal Profile asks you four to seven questions about challenges you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, your academic pursuits, and what you have learned from these experiences. The questions are based on the degree to which you have applied, so starting your application will allow you access to your specific questions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two different UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile against four criteria: engagement and accomplishment; leadership; substance; and voice. Read more about how UBC evaluates your profile.

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have separate supplemental applications, portfolios, and auditions. To find out if your degree requires a Personal Profile, start the online application and follow the instructions.

If you have not started working on your application, we encourage you to start as soon as possible to make sure you have everything you need to submit your application on time.

Do you need to record a video interview?

If you are applying to the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce degree, you will also be asked to provide video responses to pre-recorded interview questions. Read our detailed tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our campuses – the temperatures have cooled down and the leaves have started turning to create a rich, colourful landscape. If you’re in Vancouver or Kelowna and have questions you’d like to ask us about applying to UBC, feel free to stop by the Welcome Centre in Brock Hall (on our Vancouver campus), or drop by University Centre Room 222 (on our Okanagan campus). Find our in-person office hours to choose the best time to visit.

Visit us in an online info session

We know that not all of you will be able to visit us in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t answer your questions. We have plenty of online information sessions coming up to help you prepare for your application to UBC. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.

Whether you plan on joining us in person or virtually, we look forward to connecting with you!