Prospective Students

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto offers students in the physical, biological, clinical, and social sciences a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Centrally located in the heart of Toronto’s Health Sciences Discovery District, the Faculty offers students an 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.



The Faculty offers a variety of graduate program options to meet student needs.

  • Master of Science
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
    • Hospital Pharmacy Residency/MSc Combined
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Full-time
    • Flex-time


Admission requirements for the MSc and PhD programs at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy are in accordance with the general regulations of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must hold a four-year Bachelor of Science or a two-year Master of Science degree in natural/life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, social sciences or a health profession such as dentistry, medicine, nursing or pharmacy from a recognized university. Students are admitted to the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences twice annually – in September and January.

To receive an offer of admission, applicants must meet all applicable minimum requirements and secure the support of a supervisor with a Graduate Appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is the applicant's responsibility to secure the support of a supervisor.


Please note the deadlines below. International applicants must follow the deadlines below regardless of the deadlines posted on the SGS Online Application Service.

September Admissions

All Applicants (Domestic & International)
Application Deadline:     February 1
Document Deadline:      February 15

January Admissions

All Applicants (Domestic & International)
Application Deadline:     October 1
Document Deadline:      October 15


For admissions information and application procedures, please contact

Fields of Study

Clinical, Social & Administrative 
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Molecular Pharmacology
& Toxicology

& Pharmacokinetics

• Bioethics

• Clinical pharmacology and clinical trials

• Health economics and health policy research

• Health services research

• Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics

• Pharmacy practice research

• Sociobehavioral aspects of drug use

• Adverse drug reactions and drug metabolism

• Animal models of disease

• Biochemistry

• Clinical pharmacology & toxicology

• Drug discovery

• Drug receptor interactions

• Molecular biology and pharmacology

• Environmental toxicology

• Basic pharmacokinetics and clinical research

• Biophysical chemistry

• Development of diagnostic technologies

• Drug delivery

• Drug transport and metabolism

• Nanotechnology

• Pharmaceutical chemistry

• Polymeric and nanomaterial-based drug delivery systems

• Radiopharmaceutical design and evaluation

Students may also participate in a wide variety of collaborative programs at the University of Toronto.

Funding Opportunities

All full-time students accepted into the MSc or PhD programs offered by the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will receive a competitive minimum stipend. In addition, most students are eligible to apply for external funding awards from a variety of funding councils and foundations.
“At the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, I have the opportunity to work with world-renowned professors for my PhD dissertation which focuses on designing a nanotechnology-based drug to enhance radiation therapy for breast cancer. This is an exciting place to do high quality, high impact research in medical sciences. Regular interaction with and advice from my supervisors have helped me secure competitive scholarships to fund my doctoral studies.”

– Niladri Chattopadhyay, PhD Candidate and CIHR Vanier Scholarship Recipient 

Career Opportunities

A degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences can lead to a variety of career opportunities. Graduates from our MSc and PhD programs have found employment in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, government, community or hospital pharmacy, consulting and business.

“Choosing to come to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, for my doctoral studies was one of the best decisions that I ever made. I received excellent training both in the classroom and in the research lab from a highly engaged and enthusiastic faculty, many of whom are world-renowned scientists and teachers. In particular, my experiences in the research laboratory enabled me to participate in a cutting-edge research program that enabled me to acquire many of the necessary skills required for future success as an independent investigator. Today, I am a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona and am in the process of developing my own research program. I was able to secure this position in only three years after graduation, an achievement that can be directly attributed to my training and experiences as a graduate student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.”

– Patrick Ronaldson, PhD graduate