Graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?
How do I find a supervisor? 
What degree programs are offered?
How long does it take to complete the Master of Science  degree program and/or the PhD degree program?
How many students are recruited each year?
Are there English language requirements?
Can I get a conditional admission and then take my English language proficiency test?
Is there funding available for graduate students (Canadian and/or International)? 
What does it cost to attend the University of Alberta for one year? 
What about teaching and research assistantships; how can I apply for one?
What areas of research are offered?
What kind of research is performed in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
What kind of background is needed to be a graduate student in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
Where can I find a job with a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta? 
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How do I apply for graduate studies?
Check that you meet our admission and language requirements
If you meet the requirements, please follow the steps outlined on our Application Process webpage

What are the academic requirements to be eligible for graduate studies admission?
Canada and USA – Grading systems differ widely among universities. Applicants must meet the academic achievement equivalent to one of the following grading standards:

6.5 on a 9.0-point scale
3 on most 4-point systems
72 per cent
B (second class)
Egypt – Honors degree with a standing of at least Very Good (80 per cent)
Iran – 3.75/5, 3 out of 4, 15/20 or 75 per cent
Ireland – Second Class Upper
Lebanon – GPA of 3 out of a possible 4.0 or 15 out of 20 or at least Very Good (75 per cent)
Libya - 75 per cent or better
United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth Countries whose university systems follow that of Great Britain - an Upper Second Class Honours degree
India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – A First Class or First Division Bachelor’s degree.
Japan – 2.3 out of 3.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0
Nigeria – Second Class Upper
Philippines - 1.8 out of 2.00 or 86 per cent
People’s Republic of China - 80 per cent or 4 out of 5
Taiwan “A” average – usually 80 per cent or better

Is there an application fee?
There is no charge to complete a Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences preliminary application. Please go to our Application Process webage for information on our preliminary application process. 

How do I find a supervisor?
Once the online preliminary application is completed the application is reviewed by academic staff. If a supervisor is identified you will be contacted.

What degree programs are offered?
We offer the Master of Science degree program and the PhD degree program (both thesis-based). We do not offer the MPharm at this time.

How long does it take to complete the Master of Science  degree program and/or the PhD degree program?
Candidates must complete all the requirements within four years of the term in which they first registered as candidates in the Master of Science degree program. Candidates must complete all of the requirements within six years of the term in which they first register as provisional candidates for a doctoral degree. In the case of master's students who are reclassified as provisional candidates for a doctoral degree, all degree requirements must be completed within six years of the time they first registered as master's candidates.

How many students are recruited each year?
Generally, about 10 - 15 students are recruited each year.  

*Note Admission to graduate studies is competitive.  We receive a large number of applications each year (500+). However, only a limited number of places are available in our graduate program. Applicants considered have the highest academic records and best credentials. A record that meets basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Are there English language requirements?
Yes, please see our language requirements on our Admission and Language Requirements webpage

Can I get a conditional admission and then take my English language proficiency test?
Yes, in certain cases in which a scholarship includes registration in English language course to meet English language requirements.

Is there funding available for graduate students (Canadian and/or International)?
The faculty does provide minimal financial support to students who have no other funding when admitted. Further, there are campus-wide recruitment scholarships available for applicants who have superior academic standings in their undergraduate degree. Our faculty would evaluate and identify such a candidate for nomination of one of these scholarships.

What does it cost to attend the University of Alberta for one year?
Estimated cost of a single student to live in Edmonton for 12 months is $16,560.00 plus tuition and fees = $21,873/year for Canadian Students and $24,780 for International Students.

This estimate is only a guideline. The tuition fee quoted above includes the 100 per cent differential fee charged to all foreign graduate students. This estimate will permit an adequate but far from luxurious standard of living. The first month will be more expensive because of settling-in costs such as paying an extra month of rent as a damage deposit and purchasing warm clothing, textbooks and supplies. Please keep in mind that this figure does not include any money for returning home or visiting other parts of Canada or the United States nor does it make allowance for the 5 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST).

What about teaching and research assistantships; how can I apply for one?
Once a graduate student is registered in either the Master of Science degree or PhD degree program in our faculty, there are two scholarship competitions each year (January to June and July to December) for which all eligible graduate students may apply. Teaching and research assistantships can be applied for through a separate application process when email announcements are circulated to graduate students registered in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Teaching assistantships are not normally awarded for new incoming students. 

What areas of research are offered?
Our faculty's research areas: Cardiovascular, Drug Delivery, Educational Research, Geriatrics, Health Services, Infectious Diseases (HIV), Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmacy Practice and Women’s Health.

What kind of research is performed in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
The pharmaceutical sciences division traditionally has encompassed a wide range of disciplines each focused towards aspects of discovery and development of new or already existing drug entities. These include medicinal chemistry (discovery of new drug candidates), pharmacology and toxicology (biological evaluation of drug entities), pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism (study of the fate of drug entities in the body), pharmaceutics (improvement of drug delivery in the body). For each of these areas, both traditional small molecule and biotechnology-derived drug entities are included. The division incorporates techniques from a wide array of scientific disciplines, and is multidisciplinary in its scope.

In addition to the core pharmaceutical sciences focus of research Faculty in the Pharmacy Practice Division cover seven research areas: 

Clinical:
patient oriented research conducted with human subjects; it includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, development of new technologies (National institute of health).

Education:
a field of inquiry aimed at advancing knowledge of education and learning processes and development of the tools and methods necessary to support this endeavor. (American Educational Research Association).

Health Services:
improving the way health care services are organized, regulated, managed, financed, paid for, used and delivered, in the interest of improving the health and quality of life of all Canadians (CIHR).

Knowledge Translation:
using knowledge obtained from research to inform the decision making of healthcare professionals and improve outcomes (CIHR).

Pharmacoepidemiology:
provides an estimate of the probability of beneficial effects of a drug in a population and the probability of adverse effects (John Hopkins University).

Pharmacy Practice:
focuses on the assessment and evaluation of pharmacy practice.  It includes studies that evaluate pharmacists' roles in a variety of capacities (CPhA).

Social Administrative:
the "people" aspect of pharmacy and medication use.  Focusing on the scientific and humanistic bases for understanding and influencing interactions involving patients, medicines, caregivers, and health care systems (University of Wisconsin).

What kind of background is needed to be a graduate student in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
Because of the wide scope of research performed in the Faculty, although it in some cases a pharmacy degree is preferable, any student with a Bachelors degree in Science would be eligible for admission into the faculty.

Our graduate students come from all over the world. We invite qualified applicants from local Canadian and International Universities alike. Again, a pharmacy degree is preferred in some cases, but is not a prerequisite for entry into graduate studies as part of the faculty.

Where can I find a job with a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta?
Our graduates are highly successful in procuring excellent positions in academia (usually after a postdoctoral fellowship experience), the pharmaceutical industry, and government. Currently and recently our graduates (both at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels) are and have been employed in numerous Universities around the world (e.g. Texas Tech University, University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan, Memorial University, Newfoundland, University of Waterloo, King Saud University …etc), scientific departments in large and small pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, Abbott, TAP, GSK, Apotex …etc), government agencies (Alberta Blue Cross, Health Canada …etc), and hospitals/healthcare.

Graduate Office
2-35B, Medical Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H1
Email: pharmgradservices@ualberta.ca