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Professional programs

The College of Pharmacy has a long tradition of excellence in pharmacy education, research, and service, with the professional program considered to be one of the top-ranked programs in Canada. With the need for ongoing development of new drug therapies, pharmacist are on the cutting edge of research and health-care delivery.

Graduate programs

Our diverse graduate program supports students in health-related research from the bench to bedside to community. Their work spans areas of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacy practice and a new Concentration in Pharmacoepidemiology that will provide formal recognition of this specialization in their M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees.

Find an advisor for your graduate studies

You must have an advisor willing to accept you as a student to pursue graduate studies in pharmacy.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under the mentorship of a faculty researcher not listed, you are welcome to contact that faculty member directly to inquire about potential graduate positions.

When you decide to contact a faculty member regarding a graduate position, please send them the following:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • All academic transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions as well as the University of Manitoba (as applicable)
  • Descriptions of any previous research or teaching-related experience.

Advisors accepting graduate students

Faculty advisor Research area
Kaarina Kowalec Pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenomics, genomics
Ted Lakowski Novel cancer treatment and diagnostic methods, chromatin modification and epigenetics, LC-MS/MS and method development
Lucy Marzban Understanding molecular mechanisms underlying pancreatic β-cell failure in diabetes and developing new pharmacological strategies for treatment of diabetes
Geoff Tranmer Medicinal chemistry
Dana Turcotte Opioid stewardship and safer prescribing; primary care collaborative team research; cannabis for chronic pain
Christine Leong Pharmacoepidemiology, addiction, drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding, primary care, mental health
Dake Qi Proinflammatory factors, Metabolic dysfunction and heart disease
Sherif Eltonsy Pharmacoepidemiology, evidence synthesis
Joseph Delaney Pharmacoepidemiology, statistical methods
Hagar Labouta Nanomedicine, Drug Delivery and Targeting

Advisors accepting postdoctoral fellows

Faculty advisor Research area
Ted Lakowski Novel cancer treatment and diagnostic methods, chromatin modi

Concentration in pharmacoepidemiology

Pharmacoepidemiology is a discipline of growing interest in Canada and abroad. Numerous health agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers have expressed interest in hiring individuals with expertise in this area as it becomes more and more crucial to assess effectiveness, safety, and value of new expensive medications coming to market.

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to offer an MSc and PhD concentration in pharmacoepidemiology. This program consists of completion of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis conducted in the area of pharmacoepidemiology. Our concentration in pharmacoepidemiology provides students the opportunity to acquire skills in conducting research related to examining the effects of therapeutic agents at the population level.

Additional graduate application information

  • Application to Graduate Studies in Pharmacy requires sponsorship from a faculty member that must be arranged prior to applying to the program. Once arrangements have been made with a potential advisor, they will complete the Statement of Chosen Advisor which is required for your application to Graduate Studies.
  • Students should review the researcher’s profile prior to contacting them, to ensure your research interest aligns with theirs. Pertinent information to include; CV/Resume, academic history/transcripts, previous research experience
  • If you have contacted potential advisors and after several inquires, have not received a response, please consider this an indication that they will not be pursuing further conversation.
  • All potential students must meet the minimum admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Students (in addition to having secured an advisor).
  • International degree equivalency information
  • Graduate studies fee information


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  • Professional

    A degree in pharmacy offers more flexibility than ever before, allowing you to choose a career path that best suits your interests, talents and lifestyle. For many, the most familiar role is in the pharmacy, providing patients with prescriptions, over-the-counter products and supplies, as well as offering education on medication use and safety. However, many pharmacists hold positions outside the pharmacy in hospital or primary care practice, regulatory authorities, government consultancy, academia and the pharmaceutical industry.


    Through your master’s or PhD program, you’ll pursue in-depth research in areas from drug design and development to cell biology and therapeutic applications. Depending on your interests, you may decide to continue that work with a career in academia. However, with the analytical skills, critical thinking abilities and capacity for research you’ll develop in your graduate program, you will be a valuable asset to pharmaceutical companies, health care facilities and government agencies.

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College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Ave W
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada