Applied Animal Biology, M.Sc. | University of British Columbia | Vancouver, Canada
24 months
9313 CAD/year
5301 CAD/year
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Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to a M. Sc. degree in animal physiology, behaviour, welfare, and management of livestock, companion animals, research animals, wildlife species, aquaculture, and on the human-animal relationship.


The Applied Animal Biology program at the University of British Columbia is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in other UBC graduate programs such as Zoology, Population and Public Health, and with agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Dairy Farmers of Canada and other livestock agencies and the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA).

The UBC Animal Welfare Program is one of the largest and most respected programs in the world in the field of animal welfare science. Since its inception in 1997, the Program’s research has led to improvements in the lives of animals in British Columbia and around the world. The mission of the program is to improve the welfare and humane care of animals in agriculture, research, companionship and other areas through active efforts in research, education and public outreach.


Graduate training at the M.Sc. level in applied animal biology requires that that the student complete a body of research leading to a thesis. Students are expected to publish their research results in relevant leading international refereed journals. Coursework is not mandatory but if needed is decided upon in consultation with the student's supervisory committee and normally includes graduate courses in areas relevant to each student's research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Completion of the MSc program requires a thesis plus coursework
  • Students who are planning a professional career will typically enrol in the 12-credit thesis option. The 18-credit value option requires a more intensive research experience and is more appropriate for students considering the PhD program or a research career. The thesis credit decision should be determined in consultation with the student and research advisor at the start of the program.
  • Additional coursework may be recommended upon consultation with the student’s supervisory committee.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. 
  • A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
  • Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9313 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9313 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5301 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5301 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

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