Program Information

School: McGill University
Faculty: Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Description: The Major and Honours in Pharmacology have been designed specifically to provide students with training in subjects necessary to understand the principles and practices of pharmacology. Initially, students take introductory-level courses in mammalian physiology (including labs), molecular biology, and organic chemistry to ensure the requisite foundation for subsequent studies in pharmacology. Next, students are required to take a number of intermediate-level courses in three fundamental areas of pharmacology research: Drug Action, Drugs and Disease, and Principles of Toxicology. Students must also complete complementary courses in metabolic biochemistry and genetics, as well as a laboratory course in cell and molecular biology. In their final year, students must take advanced courses in Drug Design and Development; Neuropharmacology; Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Cancer Pharmacology and Pharmacology Research Topics. In the Major program, students may have the opportunity to enroll in a research project course, allowing them to focus their studies on a topic of pharmacology of greatest personal interest. This is a required component of the Honours program. Through the three year curriculum, students will also choose from a defined list of complementary courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, anatomy and cell biology, biotechnology, experimental medicine, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, physiology, and psychology. This program gives students a comprehensive education in pharmacology, enabling them to pursue future careers in biomedical or environmental sciences or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary sciences.
URL: Pharmacology at McGill University
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $42,173

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •   Biology 
  • 2 of   Chemistry 
  • 3 of   Mathematics 
  • 3 of   Physics 

Acceptance into the Honours program takes place in the Winter term of U2 and requires a CGPA of 3.50. Students who wish to enter the Honours program should follow the Major program; those who satisfactorily complete the first three terms with a CGPA of at least 3.50 and a mark of B+ or higher in core Pharmacology courses (PHAR 300, PHAR 301, and PHAR 303) are eligible for admission.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 577] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]