Why Pharmacy @ Memorial?

Memorial's School of Pharmacy provides cutting-edge research in an up-close and personal environment. The School of Pharmacy provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct original research related to Drug Discovery and Delivery, Health Outcomes, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. There are several research laboratories, including separate rooms for organic synthesis/natural products chemistry, a cell culture facility, pharmacology labs and state of the art computer networks. All offices and research laboratories in the Health Sciences Centre are connected as a part of the MUNet, a high-speed network linking the campus with the world.

Graduate supervisors in Memorial’s School of Pharmacy are engaged in research in the following areas:

Health Outcomes research assesses the end results of health care services, providing evidence for the value of specific medical treatmentes or interventions that can be used to make better decisions and improve health care. Research areas: 

  • Health economics and policy evaluation
  • Quality and value in health care
  • Medication safety and effectiveness
  • Pharmacist-delivered health services
  • Medication adherence
  • Deprescribing
  • Treatments and health outcomes

Drug Discovery and Delivery research encompasses all aspects of the delivery, development, administration, and use of therapeutic drugs, leading to better treatment options. It includes the definition and characterization of macromolecular substrates that serve as targets for drug design. When a new drug is discovered, it must also be determined if that drug can be delivered to the right part of the body in order to be effective. Research areas: 

  • Medicinal chemistry and drug discovery
  • Nanomedicine and targeted drug delivery
  • Pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism
  • Cell signaling and metabolic pathways
  • Molecular pharmacology and neurophysiology

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning helps inform our understanding of student learning and enhances education for the pharmacists of tomorrow. Research areas:

  • Curriculum development and assessment
  • Interprofessional education
  • Community service-learning
  • E-health informatics
  • International pharmacy education

Description of programs

  • MSc (Pharm) – The MSc (Pharm) program involves courses and a thesis, and can be completed in two years of full-time study. 
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the School of Pharmacy website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MSc (Pharm) – Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, or a recognized four-year undergraduate degree in physical, chemical or biological science, or equivalent (minimum GPA of ‘B+’ or ‘75%’ average)
  • PhD – Master’s degree in Pharmacy in closely related fields

Graduate student and alumni profiles

Our graduate students come from all parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and the world. View the student profile below to learn more about what they do and why they chose Memorial.



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Program Information
Degrees Offered:

MSc (Pharm), PhD



Duration (Full-time students):

MSc (Pharm): 2 years
PhD: 4 years


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Application Deadline:

February 28 for Fall admission

July 31 for Winter admission


MSc (Pharm): $8,000-$12,000
PhD: $10,000-$16,000

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Tuition (NL students):

MSc (Pharm): $635-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MSc (Pharm): $826-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

MSc (Pharm): $1,074-$1,611/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

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