Graduate Programs

Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Pharmacy

Chair, Graduate Committee: Dr. Geoff Tranmer 

Programs are offered leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy. Practical research problems may be undertaken in the following fields of pharmaceutical sciences: pharmaceutics including bioavailability and pharmacokinetic studies, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, drug metabolism, pharmaceutical microbiology, toxicology and pharmacognosy. Graduate degrees are also offered in the area of clinical sciences.

Modern equipment and apparatus are available in all areas of research. Relevant pharmaceutical, chemical and medical publications are available in the Science and Medical Libraries; on-line search facilities are available through the University computer network.

Faculty of Pharmacy administrative guidelines and procedures document.

Master of Science Program in Pharmacy:

To enter the Master's program directly a student must have a B.Sc. degree in Pharmacy from The University of Manitoba or its equivalent. Students from another faculty with an honors degree in a subject relevant to their research area will also be considered for graduate research.

The Master's program consists of a minimum of 12 hours of course work together with a thesis describing original research carried out by the student. The minimum period of time necessary for the completion of the program is one calendar year, however two years of study is usual.

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Pharmacy:

The normal procedure for a candidate is to complete a Master's degree first. However, after one year of study towards the Master's degree, if satisfactory performance is evident, a student may transfer to the doctoral program.

A minimum of three years is required for the Ph.D. degree. However, the actual time spent is usually somewhat longer. The minimum number of courses required for the Ph.D. is 24 credit hours (18 at the 700 level) beyond the B.Sc. (Hons.) or 12 credit hours at the 700 level beyond the M.Sc. There is no qualifying examination or second language reading requirement.

For further details concerning the Pharmacy programs, please refer directly to the most current version of the University of Manitoba Graduate Calendar which is updated annually early in the new year. Please note that all applications for admission must be submitted, together with the application fee and supporting documentation, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies which advises and assesses all new applicants. The Faculty of Graduate Studies has gathered together valuable information which is destined for prospective graduate students, and this information is readily accessible at their web page location:

In particular, information about graduate students awards is located at

General information concerning the University of Manitoba is obtainable at the main UMInfo site:

Enrollment within the Faculty of Pharmacy graduate program is limited. Potential students are strongly encouraged to directly contact a faculty member who will be their advisor during their graduate program. Students who apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies without first having an advisor may likely be rejected, and the application fee and documents may not be returned. Application forms are available at the site:

Updated: Nov 22, 2017 

Graduate studies