Graduate Program

Welcome to the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF), which provides interdisciplinary graduate studies through the Oceans and Fisheries graduate program (OCF). Our mission is to lead the way to healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater systems through excellent research, inspirational education, and innovative societal engagement.

The graduate program will train marine and freshwater scientists to undertake basic and applied research that will help foster healthy marine and freshwater ecosystems and sustainable resource use. Students will deepen and broaden their interdisciplinary expertise by acquiring in-depth training in fisheries science, aquatic ecology, environmental physiology, natural resource economics, marine governance, and climate change. In doing so, students will develop the research capacity and knowledge translation skills necessary for rewarding careers in academia, industry, government, NGOs and consulting.

 
The University of British Columbia is highly ranked internationally, particularly in the ocean sciences, environmental sciences and animal biology. Studying here you’ll be at a top international research university, learning from renowned faculty members committed to teaching excellence, and utilizing state-of-the-art facilities.
 

Where does UBC rank internationally?

THE GLOBAL RANKING 2021

34th

ARWU GLOBAL RANKING 2020

38th

US NEWS GLOBAL UNIVERSITIES RANKING 2020

30th

UBC Science subject area rankings

Ranking Agency Global Ranking Canadian Ranking
Oceanography ARWU Shanghai Rankings 2020 28 1
Ecology ARWU Shanghai Rankings 2020 15 1
Earth and Marine Sciences QS World University Rankings 2020 17 1
Environmental Sciences QS World University Rankings 2020 11 1
Environment and Ecology US News and World Report Rankings 2020 11 1
Life and Earth Sciences CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 18 1
Environmental Sciences Maclean’s Magazine 2021 Rankings 1