Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc)
Our research-intensive MSc program offers students the opportunity to conduct outstanding research projects and receive training in a broad range of fields within the pharmaceutical sciences. We provide you with exceptional mentors and supervisors, a rigorous learning environment, and access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to conduct your research.
We accept students from a wide range of backgrounds. Students come to us with degrees in pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, biotechnology, the basic and biomedical sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, pharmacology), engineering (e.g., biomedical, chemical), economics and epidemiology.
What makes the program unique?
As the #1 Pharmaceutical Sciences school in Canada, our faculty and graduate students work at the exciting and ever-expanding edges of the field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. They're conducting precedent-setting research with real and tangible impact in areas such as discovering and developing new drugs, improving the quality of patient care and treatment outcomes, and developing the practice of pharmacy. The work we do makes a difference in people's lives.
Our graduate degree programs offer you enormous potential in terms of fulfilling career opportunities in industry, government and academia, as well as in other health professions.
Admission Information & Requirements
In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.
Letters of Reference
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Depending on program, applicants either reach out to faculty members directly or the program supports this process in different ways.
Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
Pioneering research for the first drug-eluting coronary stent was accomplished by our Faculty
The Neglected Global Diseases Initiative was developed in our Faculty. (http://ngdi.ubc.ca)
Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation was developed in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (https://core.ubc.ca/)
We are developing focused Graduate Training Programs that will allow MSc and PhD students to tailor their research and educational environments to suit their needs.
Our focused research themes are in: Health Outcomes, Molecular & Systems Pharmacology, Nanomedicine, Genomics and individualized therapy, Epidemiology, and Pharmacy Education. Detailed information can be found at: https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/research/research-themes
We moved into the new Pharmacy building in 2012 which houses modern, modular labs designed specifically for the type of research intended for the space. Our classroom facilities has been fitted with the necessary technology to facilitate new modes of learning.
The Faculty houses a modern mass spectrometer facility of pharmacokinetic and drug metabolism studies and a Sequenom Mass-ARRAY system for genotyping and DNA methylation studies.
To be considered for admission to the Pharm Sci MSc program, we must receive your completed application by February 15. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 October 2019
September 2021 Intake
Application Open Date01 October 2019
All (domestic and international) students accepted into our MSc program can expect to be paid approximately $23,500 per year, provided they maintain their eligibility as a UBC graduate student. This comprises what we call a "guaranteed stipend" of $21,500, plus Graduate Support Initiative funding (provided to our MSc and PhD students who do not hold external funding), which is currently approximately $2,000 per year for the first two years of the Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc program. The stipend will be paid on a semi-monthly basis in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and/or a Graduate Research Assistantship. Please be aware that due to the high cost of living, the guaranteed stipend most likely will not be enough, therefore, we strongly suggest students also plan to have their own personal funding in addition to the stipend.
Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in catalysis research with a focus on programs addressing waste generation, environmental compatibility, energy efficiency, and alternative energy sources may consider the SusSyn program.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.
In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$944.51 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Burt, Helen Mary (Nanotechnology, non-sized drug carriers, nanoparticulte drug delivery)
Cairns, Brian (pain mechanisms, headache, temporomandibular disorders, sex-related differences, peripheral analgesics)
Chang, Thomas (Pharmacology, Nuclear Receptor, Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes, Cytochrome P450, Gene Expression, Gene Regulation)
Collier, Abby (Drugs in children, Drugs in pregnancy, Developmental pharmacology, Drug metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, primarily of the phase II (conjugation) enzymes, focused on pregnancy and pediatrics)
Conklin, Annalijn (healthy ageing, obesity prevention, diabetes management and evaluation, healthcare quality improvement, implementation science, gender and health equity, nutrition-related policy and outcomes)
Coughtrie, Michael (Drug metabolizing enzymes)
De Vera, Mary (examining how eHealth technologies can support new and existing models of care to improve care delivery and patient outcomes; exploring patients' perspectives and experiences with medication taking and adherence; and evaluating the use and impacts of medications among pregnant women, particularly with inflammatory conditions.)
Frankel, Adam (protein biochemistry, arginine methylation, post-translational modifications, drug discovery, yeast, autophagy, chemical biology)
Giaever, Guri (Model organisms, human therapeutics, high-throughput cell biology, drug synergy, technologies for understanding relationship between chromatic structure and transcriptional regulation)
Hafeli, Urs (Radiopharmaceuticals, Radioimmunotherapy, Magnetic Targeting, Targeted Drug Delivery, Novel polymers, Nanoparticles, Microspheres, Microneedles, Bioconjugates)
Harrison, Mark (measurement and valuation of health, health technology and policy assessment, and preferences for healthcare interventions; evaluation/re-evaluation of the type of health care that is provided, the point in the treatment pathway, and the way in which it is delivered)
Hedtrich, Sarah (Novel Therapies for Inflammatory and Genetic Diseases of Human Epithelia, Tissue Regeneration and Wound Healing, Topical Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine, New Biomedical Approaches - Alternatives to Animal Testing)
Jarvis-Selinger, Sandra Ann (Education, human learning, development, and instruction, education innovation, konwledge translation, teaching excellence, curriculum design, technology)
Karim, Ehsan (Causal Inference, Biostatistics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Data science, Survey sampling)
Kumar, Ujendra (Somatostatin hormone, molecular pharmacology, Somatostatin, , Hormones, somatostatin, locomotor and cognitive function, neurodegenerative diseases, drugs)
Li, Shyh-dar (drug delivery, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics)
Loewen, Peter (atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention therapy, pharmacy practice, knowledge translation of evidence to patient care, patient education, shared decision-making, clinical prediction rules, prediction of stroke and bleeding in atrial fibrillation patients, patient decision aids, adherence to medication, patient complexiometry, healthcare communication technologies, use of mobile technology for clinical decision-making, hospital pharmacy practice, quality of care, quality drug therapy)
Lynd, Larry (health economics, orphan drugs, pharmaceutical policy, respiratory medicine, epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, rare diseases )
McCormack, James (Knowledge translation and evidence-based practice)
Nislow, Corey (genomics and develops biotechnology tools to address both fundamental and applied biological questions; Parallel genome-wide chemical genomic screens; High throughput cell-based screens; Next Generation Sequencing)
Page, Brent (Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer, Target Engagement, Cell Signaling)
Rodrigues, Brian (Cardiovascular metabolism, Diabetes, Endothelial cell - cardiomyocyte crosstalk, Vascular Endothelial Growth factors)
Ross, Colin (Pharmacogenomics, Gene-based therapeutics, Precision medicine)