Continue your education at the graduate level

Do you want to study pharmacy at the graduate level? Do you have a passion for research? The Faculty of Pharmacy offers a number of graduate programs centred on professional development or research expertise.

Discover the scope of our research, the international calibre of our team of professors, the variety of our research projects, and the many options for funding your education.

Graduate studies in pharmaceutical sciences

1 – Who can enroll in graduate studies in pharmaceutical sciences?

  • MSc: Anyone with a BSc or equivalent (undergraduate degree) in a health-related discipline
  • PhD: Anyone with an MSc or equivalent in a health-related discipline

2 – What makes UL programs special?

A quality education

•  Personalized programs of study and supervision by internationally renowned researchers working to solve serious health issues

•  High-calibre education centred on innovative research combined with unique access to a wide range of exciting courses

•  Internationally renowned bilingual research teams and courses taught in English

•  Academic support within a people-oriented faculty that cares about its students and has a sizable proportion of international students (38%)

•  Instruction and research excellence on par with top-tier schools around the world


A quality environment

•  Instruction in multidisciplinary research centres boasting the latest high-tech equipment and ranked among the best in the French-speaking world

•  Exposure to the scientific wealth of Université Laval and its world-class affiliated research centres

Affiliated research centres:

CHU de Québec–Université Laval Research Centre

Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Centre

Université Laval Primary Healthcare and Services Research Centre (CERSSPL-UL)

CERVO Brain Research Centre

CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches Research Centre

•  Université Laval: The biggest French-language university campus in North America offering a multidisciplinary learning environment and a safe campus—a pioneer in sustainable development providing students with a full range of services

3 – What are the research topics, and who is involved?

Graduate studies in pharmaceutical sciences (fundamental, clinical, and population health components) for acquiring and developing cutting-edge knowledge and skills centred on the development, creation, and use of medications and on the identification of new pharmaceutical targets. Get to know our research supervisors:

See the list of our research supervisors and their areas of interest

4 – How much does it cost, and is funding available?


Université Laval and the Faculty of Pharmacy offer competitive, flexible, and substantial funding so students can focus entirely on their education.

About 40% of enrolled students have scholarships from external organizations. The majority of students receive some kind of funding:

– Direct scholarships
– Scholarships awarded by their supervisor (usually between $15,000 and $25,000 per year)
– Funding in exchange for teaching a course offered by the faculty

Students can also apply for additional support through the Plan for Success offered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FESP) (MSc: up to $1,500; PhD: up to $10,750)

Click here to learn more about scholarships and financial aid


The cost of tuition and room and board in Québec City

Tuition fees at Université Laval

Québec City offers a high quality of life in a safe environment, all at a relatively low cost.

5 – What are my career prospects?

You’ll develop the professional skills you need to enter the job market. The statistics speak for themselves: 84% of graduates in 2017 found a job in their field.

Graduates of our pharmaceutical sciences programs work in a broad range of fields and settings, including academic research, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, regulatory agencies, public service, business, intellectual property, publishing, journalism, science outreach, and education.

6 – How do I apply for admission?

1 – To apply for admission to a master’s or PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences, future students should first refer to the list of topics to find a research supervisor and then send their potential supervisor the following documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • References

2 – Once they’ve been accepted by a supervisor, future students can apply for admission through the Registrar’s Office.

Learn more about our programs

Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Pharmacoepidemiology

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Pharmacoepidemiology

Master’s in Advanced Pharmacotherapy

Master’s in Advanced Pharmacotherapy

(In French only)

This program is for pharmacists who want to work in a hospital. The specialized program lasts four semesters (16 months) and will teach you how to promote and ensure the proper and most effective use of medications in a healthcare facility.

Short Graduate Program in Pharmacy Management

Graduate Short Program in Pharmacy – Pharmaceutical Product Development

This transition program helps pharmacist practitioners with a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from Université Laval or Université de Montréal earn the title Doctor of Pharmacy by stacking their qualifications once they’ve earned their Advanced Graduate Diploma (DESS) in Frontline Pharmaceutical Practice.

Short Program in Pharmacy Management

(In French only)

This program is for pharmacists whose goal is to own or manage a pharmacy. During the 12-credit course you’ll learn everything you need to know as you study the principles and techniques of all aspects of managing a community pharmacy in compliance with the professional, ethical, and legal requirements. 

Short Program in the Development of Pharmaceutical Products

(In French only)

This short program is designed for people who work or want to work in the pharmaceutical industry, in biotechnology, or for a research company. Consider it a valuable addition to your professional education or a way to learn more about the various stages in the development of pharmaceutical products.

Short Program in Community Pharmacy

This short program is for professionals who are members in good standing of Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec and who want to learn more about pharmacotherapy specifically for outpatients.

MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

(In French only)

Developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Business Administration, this specialized program will teach you the valuable skills you need to tackle key issues in pharmaceutical management. You’ll also learn the basics of business administration.