pharmaceutical sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Pharmacy

Degree Programs

Pharmaceutical Sciences

MSc​
Fields:
Biomolecular Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical, Social, and Administrative Pharmaceutical Sciences
​​PhD​
Fields:
Biomolecular Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical, Social, and Administrative Pharmaceutical Sciences

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Addiction Studies
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  2. Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  3. Bioethics
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  4. Biomedical Engineering
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  5. Biomedical Toxicology
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  6. Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  7. Global Health
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD
  8. Health Care, Technology, and Place (admissions have closed)
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, PhD​
  9. Health Services and Policy Research
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  10. Neuroscience
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD
  11. Resuscitation Sciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc, PhD

Overview

Pharmaceutical sciences encompasses all aspects of the discovery, development, administration, distribution, and utilization of therapeutic drugs, and the nature, functioning, and dysfunctioning of the biological systems with which drugs interact. As a global leader in pharmaceutical research, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is home to some of the most prominent and distinguished experts in the area of pharmaceutical sciences. The department is centrally located in the heart of Toronto’s Health Sciences Discovery District. Students have the opportunity to conduct their research in collaboration with a wide range of departments at the University of Toronto and nearby world-class teaching hospitals and research institutes to solve some of health science’s most pressing problems.

A degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences can lead to a variety of career opportunities. Graduates have found employment in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, government, community or hospital pharmacy, consulting, and other businesses.

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers research opportunities and courses in two fields of study:

  1. Biomolecular Pharmaceutical Sciences: drug receptor interactions, molecular biology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, clinical, adverse drug reactions, drug metabolism; pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical formulations, radiopharmaceutical synthesis, drug discovery, biophysical chemistry, basic pharmacokinetics, and clinical research;

  2. Clinical, Social, and Administrative Pharmaceutical Sciences: clinical and pharmacy practice, sociology of health, social psychology, health policy, and health economics.

Contact and Address

Web: www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/gradprograms
Email: phm.grad@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-8896
Fax: (416) 978-8511

Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
144 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3M2
Canada

Pharmaceutical Sciences: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Allen, Christine - BSc, PhD, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
Angers, Stephane - BSc, PhD (Associate Dean, Research)
Austin, Zubin - BA, BScPhm, MBA, MISt, MEd, PhD (Acdemic Director, Centre for Practice Excellence)
Balneaves, Lynda - BSc, BN, MN, PhD
Bendayan, Reina - DP
Boon, Heather - PhD (Dean)
Cadarette, Suzanne - BSc, MSc, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Chalikian, Tigran - PhD
Cummins, Carolyn - BSc, PhD
Gariepy, Jean - BSc, PhD
Grootendorst, Paul - BA, MEc, PhD
Hampson, David - PhD
Heerklotz, Heiko - PhD
Henderson, Jeffrey - PhD
Hoch, Jeffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Ito, Shinya - MD, BM
Kelley, Shana - BA, PhD
Kohler, Jillian - BA, MA, PhD
Krahn, Murray - BA, MSc, MD
Lee, Ping - BSChE, PhD
Macgregor, Robert - BS, PhD (Director, Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences)
MacKeigan, Linda - BScPhm, PhD
Pang, K Sandy - BSc, PhD
Pennefather, Peter - BSc, PhD
Piquette-Miller, Micheline - BScPhm, PhD
Reilly, Raymond - BSc, BSc, MSc, PhD (Director, Centre for Pharmaceutical Oncology)
Sproule, Beth - BScPhm, DP
Taddio, Anna - BScPhm, MScPhm, PhD
Thompson, Alison - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Uetrecht, Jack - BSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Weaver, Donald F - BSc, MD, PhD
Wells, James - BSc, MSc, PhD
Wells, Peter - BScPhm, DP
Wu, Xiao Yu - PhD
Zheng, Gang - MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Bowen, Barry - BScPhm, MScPhm
Einarson, Thomas - BScPhm, MSc, MPharm, MEd, PhD
Marshman, Joan - BScPhm, MSc, PhD
O'Brien, Peter John - BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Members

Adachi, Jonathan - DrMed
Ballantyne, Peri - BA, MA, PhD
Battistella, Marisa - BScPhm, DP
Bonin, Robert - PhD
Burry, Lisa - BScPhm, DP
De Angelis, Carlo - DP
Dubins, David - BSc, PhD
Gomes, Tara - BSc, MHSc
Grindrod, Kelly - DP
Guilcher, Sara - BSc, MSc, MSc(PT), PhD
Husain, Shahid - MS, MBBS
Lexchin, Joel - BSc, MSc, MD
Mamdani, Muhammad - DP
McMurtry, Meghan - PhD
Nulman, Irena - MD
Papadimitropoulos, Emmanuel - BSc, BSP, MScPhm, PhD
Paradis, Elise - BA, MA, MA, PhD, PhD
Pardee, Keith Ian - PhD
Pillai Riddell, Rebecca - BA, MA, PhD
Raman-Wilms, Lalitha - BSc, DP
Rochon, Paula - MD
Routy, Jean-Pierre - MD
Walker, Sandra - BSc, BScPhm, DP

Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy offers students in the physical, biological, clinical, and social sciences a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to the MSc degree. The result is an educational program that encourages multidisciplinary approaches to problems and collaboration between students and faculty members. Graduate students participating in this process are immersed in a challenging program that equips them with new ways of thinking and provides them with multiple tools to approach problems.   

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. All admission and program requirements are the same for the full-time and part-time options. A limited number of students will be admitted to the part-time option.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least a mid-B average in each of the last two years of undergraduate study.

  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee considers the applicant's background and accomplishments, academic standing, and financial support from the potential supervisor.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

  • If the undergraduate degree was not obtained from a recognized Canadian or US university, the applicant must write and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test).

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory committee, with the approval of the graduate director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • One poster presentation given to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP).

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance, with a minimum of eight seminars, at the graduate departmental and student group seminars for two years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • An oral presentation of the student's own research work is given after the first 12 months of registration in the program.

  • Final seminar to be given during the thesis defence.

  • A thesis based on an approved research problem in an area of pharmaceutical sciences.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)**;
14 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

**Applicants may apply to the Fall or Winter session only.

Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to the PhD degree. Students in the program are immersed in pharmaceutical sciences, working and collaborating with world-renowned researchers while gaining profound depth and experience in their area of study. 

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an appropriate bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum overall B+ average.

  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee considers the applicant's background ​​and accomplishments, academic standing, and financial support from the potential supervisor.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

  • If the undergraduate degree was not obtained from a recognized Canadian or US university, the applicant must write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, as well as with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) within the first three years of registration. 

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 24 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students entering the program with an MSc degree must complete one oral presentation. 

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance, with a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • Students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program, unless the student presents at GRIP.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Students who have a high academic standing and a clearly demonstrated ability to do research at the doctoral level may be eligible to transfer to the PhD program after one year in the MSc program. The student must have completed at least 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) with an average grade of A- during Year 1 of the master's program, and must have financial support.

  • A transfer from the MSc program to the PhD program occurs normally within 15 months of the student's first registration in the MSc program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 3.0 FCEs

  • Successful completion of the MSc to PhD transfer examination.

  • The transferred student must complete all remaining course requirements of the MSc program, except the thesis, in addition to the requirements of the PhD program. Credit is given in the doctoral program for research and graduate courses completed prior to the transfer.​

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete two poster presentations, one of which may be a peer-reviewed conference.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance, with a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • Students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year unless the student presents at GRIP.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed. 

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Under exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted directly to the PhD program with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum A- (80%) average, or its equivalent, in senior-level courses. 

  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee considers the applicant's background ​​and accomplishments, academic standing, and financial support from the potential supervisor.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

  • If the undergraduate degree was not obtained from a recognized Canadian or US university, the applicant must write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, as well as with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 24 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete two poster presentations, one of which may be a peer-reviewed conference.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance, with a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • Students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program, unless the student presents at GRIP.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must be on campus and participate full-time (including Summer) until all program requirements are completed. Simultaneous registration in another full-time degree program is not allowed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

The department offers a flexible-time PhD program option for selected students. This program benefits professionals with career obligations and whose employment is closely related to their intended area of research. Applicants must meet all the admission requirements for entry to the full-time PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program requirements for the flexible-time PhD option are identical to those for the full-time PhD program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum overall B+ average.

  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee considers the applicant's background ​​and accomplishments, academic standing, and financial support from the potential supervisor.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English are required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following minimum scores:

    • ​​​paper-based TOEFL: 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE)

    • Internet-based TOEFL: 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

  • If the undergraduate degree was not obtained from a recognized Canadian or US university, the applicant must write the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test) and achieve scores at the 50th percentile ranking or better on the Verbal and Quantitative components and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Analytical Writing component.

  • A letter of support from the employer.

  • The departmental admissions committee reviews the applications; admission is highly selective with preference given to applicants who ​​​​are members in good standing of a regulated profession or scientific society.

Program Requirements

  • A program of study that provides the appropriate foundation for thesis research. The program depends on the student's background and is planned in consultation with the supervisor and advisory ​​committee, with the approval of the graduate chair.

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • Yearly advisory committee meetings.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination within the first 32 months of the program. Students are permitted a second attempt, if necessary, to satisfactorily complete the examination. The format of the examination will include the student giving a 20-minute presentation based on the proposal distributed to the Qualifying Examination Committee, followed by a question period. The student is expected to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the scientific basis of the research, the methodological approaches, and the technical details. Failure to successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination will result in a recommendation for termination of registration in the program.

  • Research presentation(s) to all faculty and graduate students at Graduate Research in Progress (GRIP). Students must complete one poster presentation.

  • Annual attendance at GRIP.

  • Regular attendance, with a minimum of eight Pharmaceutical Sciences departmental seminars in each academic year for four years (or less if all other program requirements are completed).

  • Students whose current professional background is such that they would be deemed to have fulfilled a significant portion of the requirements contained in the department seminar series may be eligible for a reduction of four seminars upon consultation with the admissions committee.

  • Students must give an oral research presentation of approximately 20 to 30 minutes every year after the first 12 months of registration in the program, unless the student presents at GRIP.

  • An open final oral presentation (50 minutes long) immediately prior to a closed thesis defence.

  • A thesis in conformity with University of Toronto regulations, based on research conducted while registered in a PhD program at the University of Toronto.

  • Students must ensure that they have adequate time on campus to attend classes and to fulfil the academic requirements.

  • Full-time registration is required for the first four years and thereafter, students may register part-time.

Program Length

8 years

Time Limit

8 years

Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmaceutical Sciences MSc, PhD Courses

Please consult the department's timetable for courses offered in a given year.

​​PHM​ 1107H
​Ad​vanced Pharmacokinetics Course I
​PHM 1109H
​Recent Developments in Dosage Form Design (prerequisite: PHM 224Y or equivalent)
​PHM 1115H
​Special Topics in Radiopharmaceuticals II
​PHM 1120H+
Selected Research Topics in the Pharmaceutical Sciences​
​PHM 1122H
​Fundamentals of Drug Discovery
​PHM 1128H
Introduction to Models and Methods of Research in Clinical, Social, and Administrative Pharmacy​
​PHM 1130H
​Biomolecular Interactions and Thermodynamics I
​PHM 1132H
Applied Health Econometrics​
​PHM 1133H
​Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences Reading Course
​PHM 1135H
​Nanomedicines in Oncology
​PHM 1136H
​Introduction to Biostatistics
PHM 1137H Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Health Sciences
​BTC 1830H
​Medical and Scientific Marketing
​JFK 1120H
​Selected Topics in Drug Development I
​JFK 1121H
​Selected Topics in Drug Development II
​JFK 1122H
​Drug Transport Across Biological Membrane​s
​JNP 1014Y
​Interdisciplinary Toxicology
​JNP 1017H+
​Current Topics in Molecular and Biochemical Toxicology
​JNP 1018H+
​Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Toxicology
JRH 1000H
​Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
​PAS 3700H
​Multidisciplinary Aspects of Addiction Studies
​PCL 1004Y
​Clinical Pharmacology
​PPG 2010H
​Panel Data Methods for Public Policy Analysis

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, course​work is extended into sessi​on following academic session in which course is offered.