Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc)

Overview

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.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

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:

100
22
22
22
22
7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervision

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.

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
No

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:

The GRE is not required.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Research Information

Research Highlights

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/)

Research Focus

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

Research Facilities

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.

Application Notes

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 Details

Application Deadline

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 Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 February 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 22 February 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 February 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 22 February 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 February 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 22 February 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 February 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 22 February 2021

Funding Sources

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.

Career Options

A master's in pharmaceutical sciences is a launching pad to success in countless fields. As just a handful of examples, our grads have gone on to: fine-tune treatments for diseases like tuberculosis; lecture internationally about female contraceptives; study the regulation of cardiac metabolism following diabetes; optimize medication dosages for organ transplantation; and improve mental health outcomes through better understanding antipsychotics.

The possibilities are limitless with a UBC graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences. You might consult for physicians. You might work in research and quality control, or as an administrator in a hospital or government setting. Maybe you'll consult on drug products, or health policy. Or maybe you'll find your place in teaching, mentoring and developing up-and-coming leaders in the field.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
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)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications120115929272
Offers1288108
New registrations115776
Total enrolment1714171921

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 72.73% based on 22 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 25 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.66 years with an average of 2.82 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

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.

  • Sadatsafavi, Mohsen respiratory medicine with the aim of improving patient outcomes and the efficiency of health care delivery through evidence-informed decision making at all levels of care
  • Soja, Peter how synaptic transmission through identified ascending spinal sensory pathways and motoneuron pools differs during distinct behavioral states such as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and REM sleep, or general anesthesia vs. wakefulness
  • Wilbur, Kerry (Professional Practices, Education Systems, workplace-based learning, culture and health professional education, patient and medication safety, interprofessional education, public health roles of pharmacists)
  • Williams, Karla Oncology
  • Wong, Judy Carcinogenesis, cancer, aging, genetics, chromosome stability, cancer biology, pharmacology, pharmacognetics, human genetics, genomes, DNA, genomics
  • Wong, Harvey applications of translational modeling and simulation techniques to optimize drug dose and regimen for new therapeutics, and to better understand emergence of cancer tumor drug resistance
  • Zed, Peter Pharmacotherapy,  cardiovascular disease,  infectious disease,  airway pharmacology,  sedation and analgesia,  evidence-based medicine,  adverse drug events, Pharmacotherapy best practice in emergency medicine and patient safety, particularly adverse drug events

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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 February 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 February 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 February 2021
International Applicant Deadline
15 February 2021
 

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