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Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc)

Course Description

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. More than 50% of our graduate students come to us from other parts of the world, including the US and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. We offer orientation events to help new students integrate into life here in Vancouver, as well as at UBC and within the Faculty itself. Our Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Society (PharGS) offers another fantastic way to feel at home at UBC.

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
- Specialization: Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


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.

Visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jonathon Campbell

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Tuberculosis in countries such as Canada is largely a result of latent disease reactivation, rather than active case transmission. Tuberculosis screening programs are therefore increasingly geared towards identifying groups with the highest risk for latent disease and subsequent reactivation. My research focuses on screening in diabetics and chronic kidney disease patients - two diseases that are increasing in prevalence at staggering rates and increase the likelihood of tuberculosis reactivation. The crux of my research is building a cost-effectiveness model for latent tuberculosis screening and my main goal (other than accuracy) is to ensure model efficiency.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I focused primarily on wet lab research as an undergraduate student and early in my career. I personally found the repetitive nature and extensive work required to develop protocols disheartening. When Dr. Fawziah Lalji offered me an innovative project within her lab at UBC Pharm Sci, the chance to shift my career path in the direction of health economics and outcomes research was exciting. We've been moving forward with the project, have crossed the largest hurdles, and the future looks bright.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I lived in Toronto my whole life and so when I was presented with the opportunity to complete graduate school outside the province, especially in beautiful British Columbia, I couldn’t say no. I arrived nearly three years ago and have not once regretted my decision. The university and city are incredible.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?
My advice is to get involved and stay involved. I’ve made the most of my time here by participating as a Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Society (PharGS) executive, volunteering on various committees, and attending student-organized events. Grad school is much more enjoyable when you’re active and involved. These opportunities will also help to build your CV.


International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants need a bachelor's degree before commencing studies on their master's, but relevant training or professional experience may qualify you, based on the dean's approval.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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