MSc Thesis-Based Program

The objective of the Pharmacology MSc degree is to have students think critically about scientific issues and to develop a knowledge-base in pharmacology. Graduates must be able to formulate hypotheses in a specific area of pharmacological research and test them through active research. 

During training of MSc students, emphasis is placed on obtaining a knowledge of pharmacology and its principles, as well as being experienced in selected experimental techniques commonly used in pharmacology. The Department sees a primary responsibility in training career pharmacologists and does not encourage training at the Master's level that is not intended to lead to a scientific career. 

MSc Monitoring and Progress

The Department offers two formats of study leading to the MSc degree. Students within the Thesis-Based MSc participate in a research program and present the results of the investigation as a written thesis. The thesis must be evaluated and defended to the satisfaction of a thesis examination committee. 

In addition to the immediate MSc supervisor, the department requires that all MSc students in the thesis-based program to have an Advisor during their program. Within 3 months of registration, students are required to submit the name of a potential Advisor to the Graduate Office. See MSc Advisor Form.pdf (8.7 KB).

Role of the Advisor: The Advisor is selected by the student in consultation with the Supervisor and is subject to the approval of the Graduate Studies Coordinator. The role of the Advisor is to provide assistance and guidance to the student. In addition, the Advisor observes the progress of the student’s academic and research program. It is desirable if the Advisor is available to help the student work out problems which he/she is unable to discuss with the Supervisor. 

The Supervisor, the Advisor, or the student, may report problems directly to the Graduate Coordinator or the Department Chair.

Both the Supervisor and the Advisor are required to submit formal annual reports on the student's progress at the beginning of each academic session, prior to re-registration. See MSc Supervisor Report.pdf (7.49 KB) and MSc Advisor Report.pdf (7.11 KB).


MSc First-Year Seminar Requirement

PDF iconMSc First Year Seminar.pdf (42.9 KB)

Transferring to the PhD Program

Outstanding MSc students may apply for transfer to the PhD program in Pharmacology after one year. Transfer after the end of April of the second year is not permitted by SGS. Transfer applications must be received by the Graduate Office no later than the beginning of April of the second year to allow time for consideration by the Graduate Education Committee.

Students enrolled in the course-based Applied Clinical Pharmacology program are not eligible to transfer to the PhD program; however, they are eligible to apply for the PhD program in Pharmacology upon completion of the MSc program.

For information on transferring from the MSc program, consult Transferring from the MSc to the PhD Program within Pharmacology.

Continuing from the MSc to PhD Program

Program Completion Information - Finishing Up


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