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Intake
  • Winter 1

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Vancouver

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Four years full-time
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $20,000 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $4600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

    UBC - Vancouver; UVic - Victoria BC; and UNBC - Prince George BC

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UBCV's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

The Online Application is made available from early-mid June to September 15:

  • August 3, 2021: early application deadline
  • September 11, 2021 (noon Pacific Time): deadline for submission of applications (including online application, all applications fees, all North American transcripts, and proof of BC Residency (if required)). MCAT scores, international transcripts and WES/ICES evaluations are not required until October 15
  • October 15, 2021 (4:00pm Pacific Time): deadline for receipt of MCAT scores via the MCAT Score Reporting System.

All applicants must use the Online Application System (OAS) to apply.

Confirm details and exact dates directly with UBC each year)

Application Fee: $126.50 for BC Residents; click here for more details

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. Completed at least 90 credits of university-level study by April 30 of the year for which admission is sought, including required university-level prerequisite* coursework. 

Notes (*):

  • A full year of English (minimum of 6 credits) is the only required prerequisite coursework. However, courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Courses in physics, statistics and the social sciences are also recommended as general preparation for the MCAT and for medical school.
  • The Science Courses Chart provides a list of recommended science courses, as they were previously accepted as science prerequisites. 

2. At least a 75% average for BC applicants and a 85% average for out-of-province applicants are required, on all university-level courses attempted.

3. Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that your results be released to UBC = a minimum score of 124 in each of the four sections on a single exam.

Non-Academic

  • submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (Status Indians, Non-Status Indians, Métis, or Inuit)
  • submit a list of extracurricular activities
  • submit a report of non-academic experiences and rural interest statement
  • submit a resume (employment history)
  • submit three references, when required
  • Rural/remote Suitability Evaluation (if applicable)
  • participate in an interview (if granted, which follows the Multiple Mini-Interview format where each applicant rotates through 10 different stations)

Admission Advice

1. No particular degree program is considered ideal as preparation for the study and practice of medicine. A variety of pre-medical academic backgrounds is considered desirable.

2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Term 2 of the 2019-2020 academic year (or equivalent term) credits will count towards minimum credit requirement in the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 application cycles even if assigned pass/fail grades (provided the courses are passed). However, grades from Term 2 of the 2019-2020 academic year (or equivalent term) will not be included in the calculation of GPA.

3. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program. Persons with refugee status in Canada can also apply, however admission will be contingent on attaining permanent residency in Canada and providing proof of this status two weeks prior to the start of classes.

3. Preference is given to residents of BC. However, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year. 

4. You must apply using the online application available on the Faculty of Medicine website.

5. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program. Details on admission criteria and selection process can be found at M.D. Undergraduate Admissions.

6. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs. See Academic Calendar for detailed descriptions. 

  • 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (NMP) = based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
  • 32 students in the Island Medical Program (IMP) = based at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island
  • 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (SMP) = based at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna
  • 192 students in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) = based at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UBCV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 (achived August 2019 or earlier) or Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalents
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
  • Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing:
    • CAEL score of 70 overall
    • Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
    • CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600 
    • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
    • PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
    • An internet based TOEFL or TOEFL iBt Home Edition score of 90 overall with a:
      • 22 in reading
      • 22 in listening
      • 21 in writing
      • 21 in speaking
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) overall score of 125, where video and writing sample should also demonstrate a strong command of English language (note: DET is accepted only for students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available)
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus

If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard. 

Verify information with the UBC directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

All students must meet UBC's English Language Competency Standard. There are nine different ways to meet this requirement, such as completing three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada. For complete details, please check the English Language Competency Requirement page.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

Click here for details for BC high school graduates.

Click here for details for Yukon high school graduates.

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here (and select your Province in the drop-down menu).

BC Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the BC Transfer Guide and/or UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Mature Student

For admission purpose, mature students are defined as someone who have been out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.

Click here for further details on Mature Student admission at UBC.

International Student

For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For Canadian Aboriginal Students:
Most Indigenous students are admitted based on their competitive average. However, UBC offers a number of pathways to a post-secondary degree. Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here

For Visiting Students:
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.

 

How to Apply

Visit the Applying to UBC page for more information on UBC’s application process.

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