1) Program Admission Requirements
1. Completed 90 appropriate credits from the subject areas of English, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. The specific course requirements are detailed on the Faculty of Medicine website.
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.
2. Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
and request that your results be released to UBC.
- submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (First Nations, Metis 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)
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. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program.
3. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program.
4.You must apply using the online application available on the Faculty of Medicine website.
5. Preference is given to residents of BC. However, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year.
6. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs:
- 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (SMP); based at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna
- 32 students in the Island Medical Program (IMP); based at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island
- 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (NMP); based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
- 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 consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
- Four consecutive years of full time education in English in a country other than English where English is the primary language immediately prior to attending UBC
- A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
- A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
- A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate English A (higher or standard level)
- A CAE score of a B
- A CAEL score of 70 with a speaking subtest score of 60
- A CPE score of a C
- An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
- A MELAB score of 85 with 3 in the speaking test
- A PTE score of 65 with a 60 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking
- An internet based TOEFL score of 90 with a:
- 22 in reading
- 22 in listening
- 21 in writing
- 21 in speaking
- A paper based TOEFL score of 55 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a 4.0 TWE score
- Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English speaking country
- Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language
- Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction in a country where the primary language is not English
- 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 of the English language requirement
Verify with the institution directly
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed four years of full-time education in English in Canada, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Competency webpage
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
Admission details for all high school students in Canada can be found on the Canadian High School
BC Transfer Student
Canadian post-secondary students wishing to transfer to UBC should read the eligibility criteria for transfer students and visit the Post-secondary studies
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
For details on transfer for college
students outside of BC check here
For details on transfer for university
students outside of BC check here
For details on International Student admission check here.
Other Student (including Special Consideration)
Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.