UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences research-intensive MSc and PhD programs offer the opportunity to conduct outstanding research projects and receive training in a broad range of fields with the guidance of exceptional mentors and supervisors, in a rigorous learning environment and with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
More than half the graduate students in these programs are international students, hailing from many countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as the US, and with a wide range of backgrounds, including degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicine, Biotechnology, the basic and biomedical sciences (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Pharmacology), Engineering (e.g., Biomedical, Chemical, Materials), Economics and Epidemiology.
MSc and PhD graduates go on to research careers in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and other health professions. Some move into regulatory or advising positions in government and industry. Others take teaching positions at universities and colleges. UBC’s programs offer enormous potential for fulfilling career opportunities in a variety of sectors.
Application Information for MSc and PhD Programs
International applicants with degrees from Asian countries are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) exam score as part of their application. The test date must be within two years of the date the application. The faculty’s minimum TOEFL requirements are higher than the requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
All students accepted into the MSc or PhD program receive a minimum of $19,000 to $20,000 CAD per year for the duration of their program. The Graduate Student Income page has more details on graduate student income and expenses.
February 15 is the deadline for international students to apply for the MSc and PhD programs. The programs start at the beginning of the academic year in September.
Orientation events and an active graduate student society (PharGS) assist new students in integrating into life at UBC.