Pharmacology & Toxicology
"I’ve had a great time here while pursuing leading-edge research and presenting my findings on the international stage. It’s the type of place where you know everyone on a first-name basis and feel comfortable stopping anyone in the hall to ask a question.”
Ryan Dercho, PhD. candidate
In our graduate program, you will get hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment and only the highest calibre instruction. You will also develop a broad range of knowledge and experience in the areas of pharmacology and toxicology, and you will excel in conducting independent research in the fields of pharmacology, toxicology and experimental therapeutics, as well as in teaching pharmacology to students in sciences, health professions and graduate studies.
The Program has special expertise in three important research areas:
- Cancer and Biochemical Toxicology
- Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Because our Program is small and vibrant, you will have lots of opportunity to interact with students and faculty and be part of a cohesive, supportive community, both academically and socially. Our students have the opportunity to avail cross disciplinary opportunities.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Pharmacologists and toxicologists are employed in a large number of areas including research, development, management, and control within the pharmaceutical industry, health care services, government divisions and biotechnology companies. With an advanced degree in pharmacology, research, teaching and consulting become additional career options.
M.Sc.: 2 years
Ph.D.: 4 years
We also offer a mini-Master’s degree with fast-track admission to Ph.D.
Method of Completion
M.Sc.: course work (12 units), research thesis and defence
Ph.D.: course work (15 units), research thesis and defence, comprehensive examination with oral and written components
We encourage you to contact a potential supervisor to discuss research options and see if they are taking on new students.
Cancer and Biochemical Toxicology
- James F. Brien, Ph.D.: Alcohol fetotoxicity (fetal alcohol syndrome)
- Susan P.C. Cole, Ph.D.: Anti-cancer drug resistance
- Thomas E. Massey, Ph.D.: Biochemical and molecular toxicology of the lung
- Christopher J. Nicol, Ph.D.: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-mediated influence on breast and colon cancer
- Terence R.S. Ozolinš, Ph.D.: Developmental toxicology
- Louise M. Winn, Ph.D.: Developmental toxicology
- Michael A. Adams, Ph.D.: Mechanisms of antihypertensive drug action, Neural and vascular mechanisms of male and female sexual dysfunction
- Brian M. Bennett, Ph.D.: Pharmacology of the nitric oxide/guanylyl cyclase/cGMP signal transduction system
- James F. Brien, Ph.D.: Nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and vascular function
- Donald H. Maurice, Ph.D.: Phosphodiesterases and vascular function
- Kanji Nakatsu, Ph.D.: Pharmacology of carbon monoxide and heme oxygenases
- James F. Brien, Ph.D.:Neurotoxicology of alcohol
- James N. Reynolds, Ph.D.: Molecular pharmacology of amino acid neurotransmission, Neurotoxicology of alcohol
M.Sc.: Minimum $21,000
Ph.D.: Minimum $23,000
Our students are eligible to receive competitive scholarships, studentships and fellowships from a number of external agencies such as NSERC, CIHR and OGS. Some students may also qualify for internal scholarships from Queen’s (e.g. McLaughlin Fellowship) and from the Program (Eldon Boyd Fellowship and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Alumni Graduate Fellowship). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
Additional funding may be available from teaching and research assistantships.
For M.Sc.: Bachelor’s Honours degree with Second Class standing and a B+ average (We usually accept from A-.)
For Ph.D.: M.Sc. in a related discipline
Our students come from backgrounds including Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physiology. Some students may need to take additional courses.
We consider all grades, but we predominantly look at the last 2 years.
Statement of Interest and Curriculum Vitae
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 1 to be considered for funding options, but we will accept later applications.
Notification of Acceptance: June at the latest.