Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences

Your work experience will take the form of four consecutive 4-month work placements at a variety of different organizations in Canada and potentially internationally. You will begin your internship after completing your third academic year. You must complete three work terms to receive a Co-op designation on your transcript. Students in this program have the option of completing a fourth work term.

Application Deadlines

Apply in Year Application Deadline Date
3 Monday, October 3, 2022


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum average of around B- (~68%)
  • Be enrolled at UBC (Vancouver) as a full-time student in good academic standing in mathematics, English and the sciences
  • Demonstrate good communication skills, and a responsible, mature attitude
  • Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and time management
  • Demonstrate interest in your chosen field
  • Be flexible and willing to accept a work placement outside the Lower Mainland


Work-Term Schedules

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2        -
2 Study Term 3 Study Term 4        -
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8        -

This highly recommended schedule enables students to complete their program within the shortest time frame. Alternate scheduling is available in consultation with your coordinator. 

Sample Jobs and Companies

St. Paul’s Hospital
Clinical Research Coordinator Coordination of multiple ongoing research studies Communicating with patients the goals and risks of specific studies Conduct interviews Manage and collect patient data Prepare weekly research progress reports Submit ethics applications Liaise with other researchers and industry sponsors Manage research finances
Child & Family Research Institute
Research Project Assistant PCR-based genotyping Fluorescence microscopy-based analyses of cell function, stress and death under various physiological stress conditions Flow cytometry-based assays Quantitative real-time PCR analyses In-vivo studies Image and data analysis

Success Stories

Sandy Wu
Honours in Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences, Minor in Psychology
16 months @ BC Children’s Hospital - Sandy is looking forward to a career in health care and her experience at BC Children’s Hospital allowed her to gain insight into the world of clinical research. Her daily interactions with patients, visitors to the hospital and other medical staff helped refine her interpersonal and communication skills, both of which are instrumental for working in health services or any other field she may end up pursuing. With a solid track record with a reputable employer such as BC Children’s Hospital, Sandy feels confident that she has a bright future ahead of her in medicine or clinical research. She has already been offered a permanent position with BC Children’s upon the completion of her studies at UBC.


We’ll run you through the application requirements, and then you’ll be prompted to create an account in SCOPE, the UBC Science Co-op Information System.

Made a mistake on your application?

Just log into SCOPE and edit your application. For technical support contact science.coop@ubc.ca.

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