Professional Development


In the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, we provide equal opportunity to access mentorship, scholarships, speaking opportunities, and other career-elevating opportunities to ensure all trainees reach their full potential. 

After Graduation

Alumni of our program have been involved in a variety of different fields. Potential careers in different fields are listed below based on the alumni of our program.


An MSc in M&I prepares a student for a large variety of jobs. Our graduates excel at jobs that require attention to detail, scientific translation and interpretation skills, persistence. Recent graduates have successfully moved into the private sector working in forensics for the RCMP, natural resources and people management for City municipalities, technical experts in hospitals and Universities. Many continue their education entering Professional school’s programs such as Dentistry, Pharmacology, Medicine and Law. An M&I MSc is an excellent platform for advancing to a PhD within UBC or anywhere in the world.


A PhD in M&I is designed to prepare students for demanding high profile scientific positions in Academia, Biotechnology, Government as well as Entrepreneurs in start-up companies. Our PhD graduates who plan an academic career proceed to Postdocs globally and become academics of multiple disciplines at Universities and teaching hospitals across North America, Europe, UK and Australia. PhD’s interested in scientific management and policy work within Government agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the funding agency Canadian Institute of Health Research and Canadian Revenue Agency. Many graduates employ their specialization in professional careers such as Law and Medicine while a large percentage are senior scientists in Biotechnology companies around the world such as Novartis, Genentech, Pfizer, Tekmira, Singulex, Zymeworks.