Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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


About the Program

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (BPharm or BSc) from a University/Institute recognized by UAE with a minimum GPA of (3 out of 4-point scale.
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate in one of the below certificates or its equivalent, at least as the following:
6 550 1400

* Native speaker of English or students who have completed their undergraduate education in English after passing a standardized English Language test are exempted.


Conditional Requirments 

A student may be granted conditional admission to the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the following cases:

  • If a student obtains a score of (IELTS Academic 5.5) or (TOEFL 530) or (EMSAT 1250) or its equivalent and has an average of at least (3 out of 4), s/he will be granted a conditional admission, provided that the student:

-  Obtains a score of (550 in TOEFL) or (6 in IELTS Academic) by the end of the first semester of joining the program.

-  Registers for no more than (6) credit hours in the first semester of joining the program, and gets a GPA of (3 out of 4).

-  Obtains a GPA of (3 out of 4) in the first (6) hours of the approved program.

  • If a student obtains a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA between (2 and 2.99 out of 4) or its equivalent and meets the conditions of the English language certification, s/he will be granted a conditional admission, provided that the student:

- Registers for no more than (9) credit hours in the first semester of joining the program.

- Obtains a GPA of (3 out of 4) in the first (9) hours of the approved program.


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).

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Contact us

Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

College of Pharmacy

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

Tel. : +971 3 7024888  
Fax : +971 3 7024777