Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2012/2013)
29.26 Pharmacy
  • Associate Professor and Dean
  • L.R. Hensman

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy is offered to qualified candidates normally by full-time study. The General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland outlined in the current Calendar, and the Degree Regulations of the School of Pharmacy outlined below will apply. Every candidate in graduate studies shall comply with the General Regulations, Degree Regulations and all additional requirements of the School of Pharmacy.

29.26.1 Qualifications For Admission
  1. Admission to the Ph.D. program is limited and competitive. Applicants must have completed an M.Sc. Degree in Pharmacy, or its equivalent in a related discipline, from a university of recognized standing.

  2. Other students may be considered for admission to a Ph.D. provided that they have been registered in a M.Sc. Pharmacy program for a minimum of 12 months, and have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Pharmacy an ability to pursue research at the doctoral level. Students wishing to transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. will have completed 6 credit hours. Prior to admittance to the Ph.D. program, a written thesis proposal will be submitted for assessment by the Supervisory Committee plus one additional faculty member. The recommendation of this Committee will be forwarded to the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Pharmacy.

  3. On admission to the program, a Supervisory Committee shall be appointed in accordance with General Regulation Supervision governing the School of Graduate Studies.

29.26.2 Program of Study and Research
  1. As a minimum, each candidate shall successfully complete 6 credit hours as well as Pharmacy 6999 (Pharmacy Research Seminar). A minimum grade of 65% will be required in each course. Candidates shall complete additional undergraduate courses in Pharmacy or other related areas where the Supervisory Committee considers there to be a deficiency in the academic record. Candidates may select these courses in consultation with the Supervisory Committee. However, it will be the primary responsibility of the Supervisory Committee to ensure that deficiencies in the academic record are rectified.

  2. All candidates must submit a thesis proposal to the Supervisory Committee for approval no later than the second semester of study after admission to the program.

  3. All candidates must complete a comprehensive examination on or before the end of the sixth semester of study after admission to the program. The comprehensive examination will consist of two components: a written examination and an oral examination. The oral examination will normally be held no later than two weeks after successful completion of the written examination.

  4. A Comprehensive Examination Committee shall be appointed in accordance with General Regulation Comprehensive Examination. The Committee will be responsible for preparing the questions for the written and oral examinations and evaluating the candidate's performance in the subject area. The Committee will consist of the Dean of Graduate Studies (or delegate), the Supervisor, and three other members, one of whom may be a member of the Supervisory Committee. All shall be voting members of the Committee except the Dean of Graduate Studies (or delegate).

  5. Successful completion of the Ph.D program will require formal examination of the written thesis and an oral defence of the research, as prescribed in the General Regulation Theses and Reports. Final approval of the thesis shall be the responsibility of the School of Graduate Studies.

29.26.3 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the School will allow. Permission of the instructor and the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Pharmacy is required for admission to any graduate Pharmacy course.

  • 6000 Medicinal Chemistry
  • 6001 Advanced Physical Pharmacy
  • 6002 Dosage Form Design and Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • 6003 Pharmacokinetic Modelling
  • 6004 Principles of General Pharmacology
  • 6005 Toxicology of Therapeutic Agents and Chemicals
  • 6100-6104 Special Topics Courses
  • 6999 Pharmacy Research Seminar