Our graduate program offers both MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology.

MSc Programs

In the MSc program, students can choose from one of two fields of study: the thesis-based MSc or the course-based Applied Clinical Pharmacology MSc. In both fields of study, students must complete coursework that introduces fundamental pharmacological principles and research concepts.

In the thesis-based MSc, students are trained to conduct research under the supervision of one or more Graduate Faculty members. Students devote themselves to a specific area of pharmacological research and present their research findings in a thesis and defend their findings at an MSc examination.

In the course-based Applied Clinical Pharmacology MSc, students engage in research and hands-on training via a course-based format in academic, commercial, health care and government settings. Courses will feature a breadth of fundamental and applied pharmacology topics with an emphasis on translational research.

Ph.D. Program

In the Ph.D. program, students conduct independent original research under the supervision of one or more Graduate Faculty members. Students in the Ph.D. program will conduct thesis research at an advanced level compared to the MSc program and ultimately will present their investigations in a Ph.D. thesis and defend their research at a Ph.D. Final Oral Examination.

In addition, Ph.D. students acquire training in basic pharmacological principles and research concepts and also acquire a breadth of training through an additional full-course equivalent (Ph.D. minor course) and completion of four Ph.D. breadth modules.

Collaborative Specializations

Students in the Department of Pharmacology may also enrol in one of eight Collaborative Specializations. These multidisciplinary collaborative specializations offer students the opportunity to explore an area of interest outside of their primary program.