Graduate Program (MSc, PhD)

The department offers M.Sc. in Pharmacology and Ph.D. in Pharmacology graduate degrees. Major areas of research in the department include neural, cardiovascular, respiratory, and clinical pharmacology as well as drug development.

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.

Pharmacology Education Requirements

The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics encourages applications for graduate study from highly qualified students with a background in pharmacology or closely related subjects. Students with a science background but are not exposed to pharmacology are required to take, in their first year of graduate study, an undergraduate pharmacology course offered by the department. If students with no background in science want to apply for graduate study in our department, they are required to take the necessary science courses from a reputed university to prepare them for pharmacology. These students should contact the department first to seek recommendations on taking suitable science courses. Upon successful completion of the science courses with at least a B+ average, the Department can consider them for admission. However, during the first year of graduate study, such students are required to take an undergraduate pharmacology course offered by the Department.

English Language Requirements

Program specific requirements include minimum English language proficiency results. For TOEFL, the Department requires a minimum overall score of 100 with a minimum score of 22 in each component. For IELTS, the Department requires an overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component. Further information on acceptable English proficiency tests can be found  here:

The English language test requirement is waived for applicants who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) in an English-speaking country. English-speaking countries include those identified by the UBC Undergraduate admissions department:

Research Supervisors

It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise their research. A research supervisor is a requirement of admission.

Departmental areas of research can be found here:

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies also provides resources for prospective students for finding a research supervisor:

Application Process

Full details on the entry requirements and application process can be found on the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website:

M.Sc. in Pharmacology:

Ph.D. in Pharmacology:


Prospective students are encouraged to become familiar with the sources of financial support, including from UBC, granting agencies like CIHR & NSERC, and prospective supervisors. For both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, the Department follows a minimum funding support guideline (from September 2021, $22,000 per annum as recommended by the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies). Please see the following for details:

Duration of Study

An MSc in Pharmacology takes on average 2-3 years to complete. A Ph.D. in Pharmacology takes on average 4-5 years to complete.


Pharmacology Undergraduate and Graduate Secretary