Programs of Study

Major program

67 credits

This program incorporates extensive studies in Pharmacology with a strong component of related biomedical sciences, providing a solid preparation for employment opportunities or for entry into graduate or professional training programs. Students must consult the Student Affairs Coordinator ( upon entering the program and every year thereafter to verify courses and progress.

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Pharmacology is the best major because it integrates principles that apply to a variety of other life science disciplines. Although I found U1 to be difficult, the later years have proven to be more rewarding and engaging. I have also found the professors in the department to be passionate about their subject matter, and the major program is successful in facilitating a supportive student community.

Jacqueline Seppala and Emma Bainbridge, U3 students

I am a fourth year biological chemistry major pursuing a minor in pharmacology. I’ve found that the pharmacology minor has enabled me to get a better understanding of how research in pharmacology is conducted in great detail and how the experimental results tie in with the main class concepts. This minor compliments my major well because I aspire to pursue a career in drug development.

Bienvenue Habiyambere, U3 student

Minor program

24 credits

The Minor in Pharmacology is intended for students registered in a complementary B.Sc. program who are interested in a focused introduction to specialized topics in pharmacology to prepare them for professional schools, graduate education, or entry into jobs in industry or research institutes. Students should declare their intent to enter the Minor in Pharmacology at the beginning of their U2 year. They must consult with, and obtain the approval of, the Coordinator for the Minor Program in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Please contact the Student Affairs Coordinator (

Generally, no more than 6 credits of overlap are permitted between the Minor and the primary program.

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Honours program 

76 credits

The U1 and U2 courses for the Honours program are identical to those in the Major program. Students who have satisfactorily completed the first three terms of the major program with a CGPA of at least 3.50 and a mark of B+ or higher in core Pharmacology courses are eligible for admission into the Honours program. In addition to completion of the requirements of the Major program, students in the Honours program are required to take a 6-credit Research Projects in Pharmacology course and an additional 3 credit course chosen from the list of advanced level complementary courses.  Students apply in the Winter semester of their U2 year. 

As an Honours student you are required to carry out an independent research project in Pharmacology (PHAR 598) under the supervision of a faculty member. Please explain your interest in research using as a specific example a research area under investigation by a lab associated with the Department. If you have previously worked in a research lab, please tell us about the experience (where, when, what) and explain why this fostered your interest in research.

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Application Deadline: TBA for Fall 2021
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At the end of my U2 year, I chose a supervisor based on my research interests. During my U3 (last year) at McGill, I am working on an independent research project. The coordinators have done a great job adjusting the course to the current circumstances, allowing students to get the most out of the experience. So far, I’ve learned key skills and have enjoyed researching a topic that is not covered in depth in my classes.

Emma Paulus, PILS U3 Rep