The MScPharm Program is consistent with university‟s mission and aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their competency as healthcare professionals.
The program also promotes the mission of COPHS in raising awareness about current health issues and how to address them both at national and regional levels. In addition, it contributes to the improvement of the pharmacy profession in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf region by introducing new practices in pharmaceutical sciences.
The MScPharm program is designed to equip pharmacists with the advanced knowledge and skills that will give them the expertise to promote the pharmacy profession in the fields of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology.
The MScPharm Program is designed for graduates holding a degree in pharmacy
The program aims to:
- In-depth knowledge of applied pharmaceutical sciences.
- Advance skills in drug design, development, and control.
- Knowledge to actively participate in the development of pharmacy practice and healthcare policies.
- Life-long learning skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.
- The ability to conduct applied research in the field of health sciences.
Program Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes of the MScPharm program are intended to improve knowledge, skill, and career of the graduates.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply their in-depth knowledge of the field to promote pharmacy practice.
- Demonstrate that they have gained advanced practical skills in instrumental analysis, clinical testing and quality control of drugs.
- Evaluate therapeutic management of diseases based on knowledge of drug design, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapy.
- Demonstrate their ability to solve problems and suggest solutions in complex health issues related to the local community.
- Demonstrate their ability to conduct healthcare-related research.
- Demonstrate that they have gained skills in communication with other health providers and beneficiaries.
Degree Completion Requirements
The MScPharm Program consists of 2 concentration areas (clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology) taught in 36 credit hours spread over three semesters (full-time students) to five semesters (part-time students).
These include 14 credit hours core curriculum courses (12 credit hours of college requirements and 2 credit hours of university requirements), 22 credit hours of concentration courses, which includes 6 credit hours for the research thesis.
Admission to the MScPharm Program is open for graduates of accredited Bachelor of Pharmacy
- An officially attested BPharm degree from an accredited institution.
- Original or officially attested copies of English Proficiency score test such as TOEFL (550), IELTS (6).
- At least two letters of academic references submitted in a sealed envelope.
- Six recent passport size photographs.
- Copy of your passport.
- Medical fitness, a certificate from the University doctor.
- Proof of payment of a non-refundable application fee as determined by the finance office.
- Other documents which the program may require.
Admission General Requirements:
ii-a: Full Admission:
For full admission to the MScPharm program, an applicant must:
- Hold a BPharm degree from an accredited institution. A Higher Diploma is not equivalent to a baccalaureate degree and does not qualify an applicant for admission to Master’s programs.
- Have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
- Have attained a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT, 79 – 80 IBT) or its equivalent in a standardized English Language test such as a 6 IELTS.
- For programs taught in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the Paper-Based, 213 on the Computer-Based, or 79 on the Internet-Based test, or its equivalent in a standardized English language test, such as 6.0 IELTS or another standardized, an internationally recognized test approved by the Commission.
- Agree to be a full-time student for two years. However, part-time students can be accepted after consideration of the student’s background, present position and availability for study and research.
ii-b: Conditional admission requirements for Master’s level programs
(1) Conditional admission due to non-fulfillment of English proficiency requirement:
A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree and a TOEFL score of 530 (197 CBT, 71 iBT) or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Commission may be admitted conditionally to a Master’s program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
a. must achieve a TOEFL score of 550, or equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
b. may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study, not including intensive English courses;
c. must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the Master’s program.
(2) Conditional admission due to non-fulfillment of GPA requirement:
A student with a recognized baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average below 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, and who meets the English language competency requirements for general admission stated in Part I above, may be admitted conditionally to a Master’s program. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to dismissal:
a. may take a maximum of nine credit hours in the first semester of study;
b. must achieve an overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in the first nine credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied for the Master’s program.
ii-c: English Proficiency Requirements:
A TOEFL score of 550, IELTS of 6, or the equivalent of another standardized test approved by MHESR, is required for all students admitted to the MScPharm program with the following exceptions:
- A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
- A student admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution that can provide evidence of acquiring a TOEFL score of 500, or its standardized equivalent approved by the MHESR, upon admission to the undergraduate program.
iii. Transfer Admissions Policy
- Only students transferring from a federal of licensed institutions in the UAE or recognized foreign institutions of higher learning are eligible for admission.
- An officially attested BPharm degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree.
- Transfer students must meet the English language proficiency requirement of the program to which they transfer.
- Official transcripts of credit earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
- Students who are in a good academic standing (a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0. scale, or equivalent) can transfer to a graduate program of study similar to that which the student is transferring.
- Transfer graduate students program credits only for courses relevant to the degree that provide equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
- The applicant will be informed for transfer admissions or re-admission of the transfer credits earned for previous courses.
- Transfer of credit hours is limited to less than 50% of the total credit hours required for the program.
- AU does not grant credit twice for substantially the same course taken at two different institutions.
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Mis à jour le June 11, 2018