Graduate Programs

Master of Global Surgical Care

The Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) is an online two-year, 30-credit specialized program designed to prepare surgical care professionals from many disciplines to address surgical challenges and contribute to solutions in low-resource settings globally.

The program provides a strong foundation for present and future global surgical care professionals by developing knowledge and skills in the interpretation and use of published experience and research, balanced with applied learning in low resource settings. Students will spend four to eight weeks in an underserved location globally, producing practical “on-the-ground” skills. The location of the placement is determined by the student in consultation with a program advisor.

A blended model of practicum-based learning and on-line teaching methods facilitates the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world.

Students can choose to enter into the Canadian Low Resource Settings Stream – an interdisciplinary specialized stream of the MGSC with an intense focus on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low-resource settings in Canada.

Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care

The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) is designed to meet the growing need for professional development of students interested in focusing on the global health problem of the burden of unmet surgical care. The Certificate is comprised of four graduate level online courses. For more information on the specific courses click here.

Students with an interest in Global Surgical Care but who do not wish to complete the GCGSC can enroll in any of the graduate courses independent of the certificate.

The program is intended for surgical care clinicians, trainees in surgical care disciplines, allied health care professionals or trainees involved, or who wish to be involved, in global surgical care programs.

The courses are targeted to graduate level students, postgraduate trainees, surgeons or surgery-related health practitioners. Non-medical graduate students or others may register with permission from the Instructor.

The courses are delivered entirely online (no classes on campus or summer residences). They are designed to allow practicing health professionals to continue their studies with minimal disruption to their work.

Graduate Degrees with a Focus on Surgical Research

While not offered by the Department of Surgery, many of our faculty members supervise graduate students from the following programs to advance surgical research:

  • Master of Science in Experimental Medicine
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Population and Public Health
  • Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Oncology

Supervising a Graduate Student

Process for obtaining graduate (Master’s or Ph.D.) student supervision privileges in the UBC Faculty of Medicine differs between academic and clinical faculty. Details can be found on the Faculty of Medicine’s MedNet section dedicated to graduate student supervision or the procedural document.

Academic faculty


  1. Approval by Disciplinary Faculty:
    • Ensure the faculty member is approved by the disciplinary faculty (or functional equivalent) for membership in G+PS.
  2. Meeting Criteria for Affiliation:
    • Confirm with the relevant graduate program(s) that the faculty member has met the criteria for supervision. Each graduate program sets its own criteria and process for verifying/confirming meeting them – please consult with the relevant program coordinator(s).
  3. Adding Faculty Member to G+PS Section of the Calendar:
    • Please refer to the instructions provided by the Faculty of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Clinical faculty

Clinical faculty are not automatically members of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies but there is an approval process to do so. If you have questions navigating this process, please reach out to


UBC Clinician Investigator Program

The UBC Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is designed to provide a combined research and clinical training stream for residents in Clinical Specialty Programs at UBC. The aim is to encourage young physicians to pursue careers as clinician-scientists and to renew the clinical academic faculty at UBC and other Canadian Medical Schools. It is an opportunity for UBC residents to pursue Master, PhD or postgraduate studies through a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accredited program. The deadline for application is December 1st. of each year. More information is available at Faculty of Medicine – Clinician Investigator Program.