Our graduate program offers both MSc and PhD degrees in Pharmacology.


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 (Graduate Pharmacology, PCL1002Y) 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 a MSc examination. In the course-based Applied Clinical Pharmacology MSc, students will 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 emphasis on translational research.

In the PhD program, students will conduct independent original research under the supervision of one or more Graduate Faculty members.  Students in the PhD program will conduct thesis research at an advanced level compared to the MSc program and ultimately will present their investigations in a PhD thesis and defend their research at a PhD Final Oral Examination through the School of Graduate Studies.  In addition, PhD students will acquire training in basic pharmacological principles and research concepts through the Graduate Pharmacology course (PCL1002Y) and also acquire breadth of training through an additional full course equivalent (PhD minor course) and completion of four PhD breadth modules.

In addition, students in the Department of Pharmacology may enrol in one of eight Collaborative Specializations.

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