Program

There is no set deadline for this program, but you will need to find a supervisor before beginning your application.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of Pharmacology offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The department has expertise necessary for the instruction and training of advanced students in areas that include: cell growth regulation and cancer chemotherapy, cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism and pharma-cokinetics, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Lane BekarNeuromodulators, glial cells, and neurodegeneration
Francisco CayabyabAdenosine receptor signaling in brain diseases, biology of breast and brain cancer
Kaushik DesaiEndothelial dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, preventive strategies against hyperfructosemia, oxidative stress
Venkat GopalakrishnanCellular and Subcellular Basis for the Vascular and Cardiac Actions of Peptides
Lixin LiuThe role of intracellular signaling molecules in leukocyte recruitment and transendothelial migration
Farzad Moien AfshariEpilepsy, proteomics, genomics, antiepliptic drug development, diagnosis of non-convulsive seizure status
J Steven Richardson
Grzegorz SawickiOxidative stress, heart injury, pharmaco-proteomics, Novel intracellular function of matrix metalloproteinase-2 in heart injury
Changiz TaghibiglouExcitotoxicity-induced neuronal apoptosis, Lipid Neurobiology, Designing bioactive short peptides

Tuition and funding

Funding

When speaking to potential supervisors about the research you would like to pursue, ask about funding opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field, from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Evidence of ability to pursue advanced study and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant discipline.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Evidence of the ability to pursue advanced study and research.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • A four‐year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

Contact

Department of Pharmacology
A120-107 Wiggins Rd
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Venkat Gopal
Email: venkat.gopal@usask.ca

Graduate Programs Administrator
Evelyn Bessel
Email: Pharmacology.grad@usask.ca