Regulatory Affairs in the Life Sciences Micro-credentials

The UBC Academy of Translational Medicine (ATM) pleased to share that it has partnered with UBC Extended Learning to offer the UBC Micro-certificate in Regulatory Affairs in the Life Sciences for a second year.

British Columbia (BC) has the fastest growing life science sector in Canada, and regulatory expertise is vital to the continued growth of the sector. The UBC Micro-certificate in Regulatory Affairs in the Life Sciences is tailored to the unique bio-innovation landscape of BC and will equip learners with highly sought-after skills critical for the life sciences, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

With financial support from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, the ATM is offering the UBC micro-certificate for a second year, consisting of two separate courses, designed to provide regulatory understanding to industry professionals and to UBC students and faculty looking to improve career prospects and opportunities for life-long learning. The two courses can be taken alone or stacked into a UBC micro-certificate.

The first course, Introduction to Regulatory Affairs, provides an overview of the Canadian and global regulatory affairs landscape and its major stakeholders, and covers basic tools for evaluation safety and efficacy, regulatory requirements for clinical trials, and regulatory process pathways for medical devices. The second course, Regulatory Sciences and Health Economics, explores the emerging discipline of regulatory science, including real-word evidence, adaptive clinical trial design, patent law, health economics, post-market surveillance and regulatory reform.

The two courses are five modules each, with an average commitment of 5-7 hours per module. This part-time program combines self-paced independent study, weekly facilitated online sessions, and an on-campus workshop that includes a real-world UBC case study (remote option available).

Registration for the first part of the course, Introduction to Regulatory Affairs, can be found here.

 Course details and registration here.

This course is eligible for StrongerBC future skills grant which is available to most British Columbians and covers up to $3,500 for eligible programs starting after September 1, 2023. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Province of British Columbia. Learn more here

Meet the Instructors

The new micro-credential features a world-class team of guest lecturers from across the regulatory landscape, academia and industry. Meet the instructors


Hear what students from the inaugural year of the program had to say:

“The in-person workshop was wonderful and very interesting. Overall a very interesting course and useful for my current role.”

“I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I registered for the course. I was very pleasantly surprised that all the information that was presented was highly relevant for the work I do and provided some of the initial tools and framework to understand the concepts related to them.”