Prospective Students

Welcome to the Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) graduate program at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver (UBC-V). We are a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research program within the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability. Our mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, and to support decision making from local to global scales.

The RES program is consistently ranked within the top 15 in the world for environmental sciences. It is composed of the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. Our unit has 14 core faculty members in addition to multiple associate faculty members representing a range of UBC’s Faculties and Schools. There are close to 100 graduate students registered across the MA, MSc and PhD programs at any given time. With an ever-increasing alumni base since the program’s inception in 1994, the RES network and influence continue to expand to address real-world interdisciplinary environmental issues. Due to the applicability of our research, the work of IRES students and faculty is consistently covered by media sources, ensuring that our expertise translates into influential resources for the public, policy makers, and fellow academics.

Generally our annual application open/close dates are Oct 15 open and Dec 15 close.