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The University of Victoria (UVic) is a public research university located in the Greater Victoria municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich, British Columbia, Canada.  Initially known as the Victoria College, the University of Victoria was founded in 1903 and is the oldest post-secondary institution in British Columbia. The university houses nine academic faculties and schools: Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Human & Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science, and Social Sciences.

Location and Campus

The University campus is situated 7 km north of Downtown Victoria and is spread over 403 acres. The campus lies on the border between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich, divided almost perfectly down the centre of campus (with the northeast half being located in Saanich and the southwest half in Oak Bay). The University is approximately 30 to 40 minutes drive away from the Victoria International Airport, and there is a regularly scheduled ferry service from Vancouver and the Gulf Islands.


The university provides on-campus housing for over 3,200 students. The university makes a variety of accommodation options available, including single and double dormitories, Cluster Housing (apartment-style housing with four people per unit), bachelor and one-bedroom apartments, and family housing. One of the oldest residential complexes at the university houses four buildings which are named after Emily Carr, Arthur Currie, Margaret Newton, and David Thompson. The Ring Road Hall is the largest residential building in terms of capacity which holds 294 beds and is split into three wings.


The university houses a few research centers and groups including Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre; Centre for Biomedical Research; Centre for Forest Biology; Ecology; Environmental Management of Drinking Water; Neuroscience Group; Ocean Networks Canada; Salmon Genomics. The university’s infrastructural services include network services, research computing facility, data centre services team. 

Financial Aid

To give recognition to outstanding students, the university awards more than 8 million dollars in the form of scholarships per year on on the basis of academic merit. Additionally, UVic awards over 4 million dollars annually in the form of bursaries to support students who are in financial need. The university also provides information about other funding sources, expected costs and budget-balancing strategies. 

Jobs and Placements

The University hosts 2 major career fairs each year, plus an online job expo. Recruiters can also post job applications online in the University website.In the last few years, graduates of MA and PhD programs have been successful in obtaining initial job placements in a variety of settings. For example:

  • Economist, Environment Canada
  • Assistant professor, Central University of Finance and Economics
  • Economist, Analysis and Modeling Division, Environment Canada
  • Treasury Board analyst, Economic Forecasting and Analysis Branch, BC Ministry of Finance
  • Econometrician, BP Canada
  • Research analyst, BC Statistics

Computer Science

In BSc in Computer Science major, honours and minor degrees are available. Anyone of the specializations can be added to major or honours degrees:

  • Communications & networks
  • Graphics & gaming
  • Software systems
  • Theory

The MSc program comprises of at least 15 units which include CSC course work (CSC courses are valued at 1.5 units each), a research skills course and either a master's thesis, project, or industrial project. A minimum of 12 units of the program must be at the 500 level or higher. The remaining units may be at the 400 level or higher (CSC or SEng courses). A student is expected to complete the program in four to five terms.

The PhD program for those entering with a master's degree comprises of a minimum of six units (four courses) of course work at the 500 level or higher. All courses are of 1.5 units. All PhD programs include a research skills course (formerly called: Graduate Seminar) which needs to be over and above the required course work. The PhD program for students entering with a bachelor’s degree consists of at least 12 units of course work, where a minimum of nine units must be at the 500 level or higher.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers design innovative healthcare technologies. Biomedical Engineering, offered by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering, is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program. The department provides a BEng degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

An electrical engineer designs and studies electrical and electronic systems. A computer engineer is similar to an electrical engineer but mainly deals with computer applications. The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides BEng, MEng, MASc and PhD degrees to the students. The faculty and graduate students are working in the following research areas: Communication, signal processing and control; Computers, software and networking; Electronics and energy; Electromagnetics and photonics; Materials and devices.
The MEng program consists of a minimum of 12 units of coursework plus a project of 2 units. In addition to the minimum units of coursework stated, the MEng program requires 1 unit for the Seminar course.

The Master’s of Applied Science (MASc) program is meant for students interested in pursuing advanced research at the postgraduate level and advancing their knowledge in the field of electrical and computer engineering. The MASc program consists of at least 7.5 units of coursework plus a Thesis of 12 units. The Master of Engineering in Applied Data Science (MADS) consists of six compulsory core technical courses (9 units), three compulsory professional courses (3 units), and four elective courses (6 units) selected from a list for a total of 18 units of course work. The Master of Engineering in Telecommunication & Information Security is a one-year master's program. MTIS comprises often technical and three professional career development courses for a total of 18 units of course work.

The PhD program comprises of a minimum of 4.5 or 15 units of course work depending upon whether the admitted student has a MASc degree or has transferred to a PhD program from a MASc program, plus the Candidacy Examination of 3 units, Seminar of 1 unit, and the PhD Dissertation of 30-36 units.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering applies the discoveries of science to the design and creation of things that are safe, reliable and practical. The department of Mechanical Engineering provides BEng, MEng, MASc and PhD degrees. The MEng program consists of a minimum of 16.0 units, usually not less than 12 units of graduate course work, a 1.0 unit seminar and an MEng Project Report.

The MASc program consists of a minimum of 18.0 units, normally with at least 7.5 units of graduate coursework, a 1.5-unit seminar, and a thesis. The thesis for the MASc program is typically equivalent to 9 units. The topic of the thesis is subject to the approval of the department.

The PhD program for a student already having a master’s degree is for at least 37.5 units, normally with not less than 6.0 units of approved course work, a 1.5 unit seminar, a 3.0 unit candidacy examination and a dissertation. The dissertation for the PhD program is typically equivalent to 27 units. The dissertation topic needs to be first approved by the department

Software Engineering

The department of Software Engineering under the University of Victoria provides BSEng degree.The Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSEng) degree program comprises of 47 courses (71.5 credits) which are usually completed in four years and eight months. This includes four compulsory co-op work terms that offers 16 months of suitable work experience.

Pure Science

1. Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study and research leading to the degrees of BSc, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students already holding a BSc degree usually enter the MSc program, which combines a set of graduate courses with an original research project leading to a thesis. The MSc is normally completed within 24 months.

The PhD program has a research focus, and a completed MSc (or equivalent) is the normal prerequisite for entry. It includes coursework along with the completion of a thesis and public dissertation.

The research areas include: Astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology; Condensed matter physics; Medical physics; Ocean physics; Particle and accelerator physics; Theoretical physics

2. Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers BSc, MSc and PhD degrees. Candidates for the MSc degree are required to complete at least 3 units of graduate courses in Chemistry. Students can substitute courses with those from the other department only with the permission of the Chair, Supervisor, Graduate Adviser and Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to the course work completed early in the program, candidates are required to complete an MSc Thesis. 

The focus areas include: Bioactivity; Catalysis; Energy; Kinetics/dynamics; Materials; Magnetism; Mechanisms; Medicinal; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Sensors; Surfaces

3. Biology

The department of Biology offers General, Minor, Major or Honours programs at the undergraduate level. The MSc and PhD degrees are full-time, research-intensive graduate programs, culminating in a master’s thesis and PhD dissertation, respectively.

The M.Sc. degrees are typically 2-2.5 years in length. PhD degrees are typically 4-5 years in length. Students in the MSc program can raise a request for a transfer to the PhD program within an appropriate timeline, with the permission of their supervisory committee.

The major research areas are: Ecology and evolution; Cell and molecular biology; Genetics and genomics; Forest biology; Marine science; Neurobiology

4. Mathematics and Statistics

Along with undergraduate programmes, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Each student must complete a program comprising of a minimum of 15 units. The program normally consists of a thesis of six units, another six units of courses at the 500 level or higher including a graduate seminar, and the remaining three units at the 400 level or higher. A master's with non-thesis option is available in statistics. It consists of a minimum of 12 units of course work and a master's project. Students admitted to the PhD program are required to complete a minimum of four graduate courses.

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Annual off-campus living $5,300
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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