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What will I learn?

The graduate programs in our department are designed to provide in-depth experience in laboratory research in experimental pharmacology, and provide a broad knowledge of academic pharmacology. The PhD program in particular is designed to generate competent scientists capable of initiating and maintaining independent research programs in either academic or industrial settings.

Research Focus:

At Dalhousie University, faculty members work with approximately 50 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff on a variety of research objectives that include cancer, cardiovascular and muscle diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, epilepsy, and drug abuse. Collaborative research projects with faculty in clinical departments such as Neurology, Psychiatry, Urology, Ophthalmology, Anaesthesia and Medicine enhance our research and training environment.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,234.00 (US$ 6,958) per year
Summer term fee: CAN $2,599; fall term fee: CAN $4,005; winter term fee: CAN $2,630; Total fee: CAN $9,234
Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected September 2022


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful applicants will have: A minimum A-average (equivalent to 3.7/4.3 at Dalhousie) in the most recent two years of graduate study. A thesis-based master's degree in epidemiology or a related discipline and demonstrated research competency. English language requirement: Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92; MELAB: 85; IELTS: 7; CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60; Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54.

For international students

Student must have:

  • First-class thesis Master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Applicants to have a minimum average of A-.
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing
  • Most candidates for admission to a doctoral program possess a Master's Degree. Direct entry to some programs is possible for those with exceptional academic standing

English language proficiency test score:

  • A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 600 (or the equivalent score on a comparable test) is required of applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT):100
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • MELAB: 85
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) : A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline for September admission is April 01 and January admission is August 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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