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General Information for Prospective Students

Dr. Warburton and Dr. Bredin place a high priority on the training of highly qualified personnel and believe that graduate students are the greatest assets to a research program. Their vision is to provide a research environment that facilitates and inspires trainees to seek new knowledge. Graduate students gain “hands-on” experience with leading edge technology and research. These students will be well prepared for a future career in health care, medicine, and/or academia. Students in the CPR and LEARN laboratories have the advantage of being able to work within their individual research laboratory as well as collaborate with numerous other students in the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit. Students often are provided opportunities for international research placements travelling to laboratories in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Australia (to name a few).

Incoming graduate students are selected according to their undergraduate/graduate marks, interpersonal and communication skills, potential for scholarship, integrity, and work ethic. The selection criteria of graduate students is guided strongly by the following statements:

  • Students who have attained a first class standing in their undergraduate and/or graduate studies will be selected preferentially into the our research program.  The undergraduate average of entering graduate students is generally above 85% for our research program. Although this average is above that set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC we have found that students achieving this minimal standard have a high potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Intelligent students, who have an established work ethic and strong interpersonal skills, will have a high likelihood of success in our research program.
  • In our experience, undergraduate marks, work ethic, integrity, and experience with research are the strongest predictors of success in graduate studies. Those students who succeed do so through hard work and dedication.

Students within the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit come from a variety of backgrounds including exercise science, physiology, psychology, experimental medicine, physiotherapy, and medicine. Students are affored a wide range of opportunities for graduate training including studies within the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Please contact Drs. Warburton and Bredin to discuss these different options.

All prospective graduate students are required to conduct an interview before acceptance. This includes meeting with Dr. Warburton, Dr. Bredin, and current graduate students and other faculty members at UBC.

It is highly recommended that all students apply for external funding before applying to graduate school. The deadlines for national and provincial post-graduate funding generally take place early into the term (second or third week of September). Students interested in conducting research in the CPR or LEARN laboratories should contact Dr. Warburton and Dr. Bredin at the start of their final year of study (whether at the undergraduate or graduate level). All Doctoral students may require confirmation of external federal or provincial funding (of at least $14,000 per year) prior to acceptance.

It is important to stress that all graduate students that work under the supervision of Dr. Warburton or Dr. Bredin will undoubtedly collaborate with other graduates students working under the auspices of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit. Moreover, they may work with our close collaborators including Dr. Jack Taunton, Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, Dr. Michael Koehle, Dr. Don McKenzie, Dr. Heather McKay, and/or Dr. Janice Eng at UBC. Research collaborations are also likely to take place between our students and other faculty members within and outside of British Columbia including Dr. Mark Haykowsky (Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta), Dr. Ryan Rhodes (Behavioural Medicine, University of Victoria), Dr. Alice Jones (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China), Dr. Marco Pang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China), and Dr. P.J. Naylor (Physical Education, University of Victoria). As such, our graduate students benefit greatly from the direct mentorship of exceptional professors from varied areas of expertise.