Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Type : Graduate
  • Credit Hours : 36hrs
  • Language : English
  • Campuses: Al Ain & Abu Dhabi



The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) is a 2-year (full-time) or 4-year (part-time) program, including a year-round thesis, for students interested in the following research areas:

  • Drug Design and Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery, And Pharmacokinetics
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Natural Products



The vision of the MSPS program is to produce competent graduates who can provide an added value to the pharmaceutical industry and research



The program prepares graduates that are competent, highly skilled researchers, who can conduct a high caliber research in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The graduates of this program should possess knowledge, experiences, abilities, skills, and attitudes necessary to be scientists and/or educators in pharmaceutical sciences to meet the changing problems in pharmaceutical industry, drug design and quality control laboratories. Our overall objective is to prepare experts who will lead the innovation in the national pharmaceutical industry, academic and research institutions. The college of pharmacy adopts a student-focused approach along with active learning methodologies in delivering this program.


Learning outcomes (mapped to QFE)

#Proposed PLO’s QF-Emirates Domain/Standers (Level 9) (CAA)
1 Develop and integrate advanced pharmaceutical sciences knowledge into the specialised research area including drug design, pharmaceutical analysis, and drug delivery. Standard 1: Knowledge
2 Identify, develop and use appropriate research theories, methodologies in basic and applied research in pharmaceutical sciences, and be able to apply innovative research concepts, techniques and procedures for carrying out particular research. Standard 2: SkillsIntellectual and Practical
3 Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, synthesize, and integrate collected data from different sources into their research. Standard 2: Skill
4 Operate in a professional attitude, and work independently and as part of a team, to identify gaps, realistic targets related to specific research area, and develop suitable solutions and time-frame to achieve proposed targets. Standard 2: SkillSelf-Awareness
5 Apply and effectively communicate ideas, challenges and scientific reasoning and data analysis in both oral and in written forums. Standard 2: SkillCommunication
6 Display advanced management skills to manage time and resources to complete all aspects of the programme under different environments. Standard 2: Skill
7 Develop new skills through self-learning and implementing highly ethical and responsible practices in pharmaceutical research Standard 3:Autonomy and Responsibility


Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. The college of pharmacy location in the beautiful cities of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi provides unique opportunities for students to work in any of the following job track:

  • Pharmaceutical Industry; Quality control, Quality assurance and Research & development departments.
  • Poison control centres and Forensic Pharmacy
  • Bioequivalence centres
  • Research centres
  • University as academic/researcher 
  • Private analytical Laboratories
  • Regulatory Affairs

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the MSPS Program at AAU.  Minimum requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (BPharm or BSc) from a University/Institute recognized by UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance GPA of 3 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (“B”)
  • English language proficiency test score of TOEFL 550 and IELTS 6.0 or any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • Native speaker of English or students who have completed their undergraduate education in English after passing a standardized English Language test are exempted.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended
  • Equivalency Certificate of the baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE in case of foreign degrees.
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card
  • Valid English Proficiency Scoresheet (IELTS/TOEFL) or evidence to state the medium of instruction in undergraduate education was in English.
  • Passport-size Photographs x 10
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a “Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences”, a student must successfully complete 36 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of didactic courses, 6 credit hours of elective courses and a dissertation of 9 credit hours and with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3 out of 4.

Study Plan

Course No Course Title CR.H. Prerequisite
Didactic Courses (Corse-Compulsory)
0205620 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3  
0205621 Biostatistics and Research Methodology 3  
0205622 Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis 3  
0205623 Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 3  
0205624 Drug Discovery and Design 3  
0205625 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3  
0205626 Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology 3  
Elective Courses
0205627 Advanced Drug Delivery 3  
0205628 Natural Products Chemistry 3  
0205629 Drug development and Regulatory Affairs 3  
0205630 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Technology 3  
0205631 Seminar in Drug Design and Action 3  
Dissertation (Thesis Courses)
0205691 Thesis 1 3  
0205692 Thesis 2 3  
0205693 Thesis 3 3  

Guidance Plan

Course Description

Contact Us

College of Pharmacy

Al Ain University

P.O. Box. 64141 Al Ain - United Arab Emirates

Tel. : +971 3 7024888  

Fax : +971 7024777