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Pharmacology (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Pharmacology (Thesis) offered by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes innovative and research-based learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature synthesis, data analysis, and scientific communication to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as the Environmental Health Sciences option which adds a distinct focus on the interplay between the environment and health research, including a broad environmental perspective, exposure sciences, hazard screening methodologies, epidemiological approaches, health implications of environmental quality, and policy approaches.

Keywords: drug discovery, neuropharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, cellular signalling, reproductive toxicology, nanomedicine, regenerative medicine.

Unique Program Features

  • The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in pharmacology, to conduct a research project (in basic or clinical research), to analyze data, and to write a thesis;
  • The Department's Faculty members areas of specialty include neuropharmacology, reproductive pharmacology, endocrine pharmacology, receptor pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, cancer, developmental pharmacology, autonomic pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, biochemical pharmacology, molecular biology, toxicology;
  • The Department is committed to helping graduate students secure adequate funding for their research and studies;
  • Faculty members have research laboratories located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building and in a variety of hospitals, institutes, and industry including the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, the Allan Memorial Institute, the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Heart Institute, the Lady Davis Research Institute, Pfizer Canada, and Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (RI-MUHC);
  • In addition to Faculty members, the participation of researchers from both industry and government ensures the relevance of the Department's applications-oriented training programs.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Pharmacology website

Department Contact

Graduate Program gradstudies.pharmacology [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Pharmacology) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 May 15
WINTER February 15 July 15 October 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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