Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSc)

Overview

Major areas of research in the department include neural, cardiovascular, respiratory and clinical pharmacology as well as drug development. Students with excellent performance in their undergraduate study are admitted into the M.Sc. program. Students with outstanding performance in their first year in M.Sc. can transfer their program to Ph.D. with departmental permission.

What makes the program unique?

The shared research interests in anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics allow students to gain broad-based exposure to fundamental as well as medically-related aspects of drug research. Faculty members receive operating grants from CIHR, NSERC, The Heart Foundation, etc. Many of our students receive CIHR and NSRC studentship awards.

Quick Facts

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

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Graduate Student Housing Info Session

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Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Time: 15:30 to 16:30
It's not too early to explore your options for accommodation, particularly if you are hoping to live on campus, in residence at UBC. About 1300 graduate students live in residence at UBC. Learn about the UBC student residences available for graduate students, the application process, waitlist logistics, and more in this 1-hour webinar presented by UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

Virtual Office Hours

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Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Are you considering UBC for graduate school? Join our Virtual Office Hours to learn more about academic requirements, the admissions process, and more. Ask your questions in advance when you register. Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions that involve specific personal information.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
22
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

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.

May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
20 March 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 30 November 2018
Transcript Deadline: 31 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 October 2018
Transcript Deadline: 31 December 2018
Referee Deadline: 31 December 2018

July 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
20 March 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 30 April 2019
Referee Deadline: 30 April 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2018
Transcript Deadline: 01 March 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 March 2019

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
29 August 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 March 2019
Transcript Deadline: 30 June 2019
Referee Deadline: 30 June 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 28 February 2019
Transcript Deadline: 31 May 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 May 2019

Career Options

Those with a Master’s degree pursue careers in drug development, governmental agencies and many go on to do a Ph.D. degree or join the M.D. program in the medical school.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (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. 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

 20172016201520142013
Applications4125232131
Offers32327
New registrations32327
Total enrolment767810

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 85.71% based on 14 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 7 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 3.32 years with an average of 2.37 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: 9 March 2018]. 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: 29 September 2017].

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.

  • Ansermino, John Mark (Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Health Information Systems, Biomedical Technologies, Technological Innovations, Global Health, Physiological Monitoring, Precision Health, Mobile Health, Outcome prediction, Sepsis in children, Artificial Intellegence, Automation in healthcare)
  • Barr, Alasdair (Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology )
  • Bassett, Ken (Gender and Blindness: testing gender specific community interventions in Upper Egypt, an assessment of community ophthalmology projects in Central India, as well as community ophthalmology projects in Nepal and Tanzania.)
  • Bernatchez, Pascal (Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular System, Genetic Diseases, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Angiogenesis, Muscular Diseases, Neuromuscular Diseases, Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis, Lipid Disorders, Pharmacokinetics, Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases, angiogenesis, endothelium, nitric oxide, muscular dystrophy, atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, lipoproteins, Marfan syndrome, vascular disease, inflammation)
  • Bhagavatula, Sastry (Age-related research, Anesthesiology, plasticity of synaptic transmission, mammalian central nervous system)
  • Choi, Peter Tsz Lung (Anesthesiology, peroperative medicine, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, research education)
  • Dormuth, Colin (Clinical Outcomes and Patient Safety)
  • Fedida, David (How the heart generates, maintains and regulates electrical activity, Anesthesiology)
  • Griesdale, Donald E (Neurocritical care, traumatic brain injury, invasive neuromonitoring, airway management)
  • Hackett, Tillie-Louise (Molecular determinants of COPD, small airway obstruction, angiotensin signalling, defective airway epithelial differentiation in asthma, human lung cell repository)
  • Laher, Ismail (regulation of small artery tone, mechanisms of pressuce-induced vasomotor responses, exercise, sleep, animal models of sleep apnea, oxidative stress, exercise)
  • Maclure, K Malcolm (Epidemiology, patient safety, quality control, pharmaceutical sciences, health services research)
  • Musini, Vijaya (Pharmacoepidemiology, Systematic review and meta analysis , Critical aapraisal of randomized clinical trials)
  • Pang, Catherine C (Cardiovascular pharmacology, education, hypertension)
  • Preston, Roanne (obstetric anesthesia)
  • Schwarz, Stephan (Analgesia, Pain, Pharmacology, Pain management, Anesthesiology, cardiovascular, medical imaging, nerve, artery, valve)
  • Wright, James (Prescription drugs, Evidence-based medicine, High blood pressure, Drug trials, Clinical pharmacology Induction and inhibition of drug metabolism, drug interactions, Educational strategies to improve drug prescribing behaviour)
 

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May 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
20 March 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
30 November 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 October 2018

July 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
20 March 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
29 August 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 March 2019
International Applicant Deadline
28 February 2019

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